Henry Clifford, 5th Earl of Cumberland

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A painting of Henry Clifford by Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen

Henry Clifford, 5th Earl of Cumberland (28 February 1591 – 11 December 1643) was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1614 and 1622. He was created a Baron in 1628 and succeeded to the title Earl of Cumberland in 1641.

Clifford was the son of Francis Clifford, 4th Earl of Cumberland and Grisold Hughes and a member of the Clifford family which held the seat of Skipton from 1310 to 1676.[1] In 1607 he became joint Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland, Northumberland and Westmorland. He was elected Member of Parliament for Westmorland in 1614, and was re-elected in 1621.[2] In 1621 he became Custos Rotulorum of Westmorland. He was created Baron Clifford in 1628.

Clifford succeeded to the title of Earl of Cumberland in 1641 and died two years later in 1643 at the age of 52.

Clifford married Frances Cecil (1593 – 14 February 1644), daughter of Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and Elizabeth Brooke. They had one child: Elizabeth Clifford, 2nd Baroness Clifford who married Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Burlington.[1]

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Political offices
Vacant
Title last held by
The 3rd Earl of Cumberland
Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland
with The 4th Earl of Cumberland 1607–1639
The Earl of Suffolk 1607–1639
The Earl of Dunbar 1607–1611
The Earl of Northumberland 1626–1639
The Earl of Arundel 1632–1639
Lord Maltravers 1632–1639

1607–1639
Succeeded by
The Earl of Arundel
Lord Maltravers
Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland
with The 4th Earl of Cumberland 1607–1639
The Earl of Suffolk 1607–1639
The Earl of Dunbar 1607–1611
The Earl of Northumberland 1626–1639
The Earl of Arundel 1632–1639
Lord Maltravers 1632–1639

1607–1639
Succeeded by
The Earl of Northumberland
Lord Lieutenant of Westmorland
with The 4th Earl of Cumberland 1607–1641
The Earl of Suffolk 1607–1639
The Earl of Dunbar 1607–1611
The Earl of Northumberland 1626–1639
The Earl of Arundel 1632–1639
Lord Maltravers 1632–1639

1607–1642
English Interregnum
Vacant
Title last held by
Sir Thomas Strickland
Custos Rotulorum of Westmorland
1621–1641
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Musgrave, Bt
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Richard Musgrave
Sir Thomas Strickland
Member of Parliament for Westmorland
1614-1622
With: Sir Thomas Wharton
Succeeded by
Sir John Lowther
Robert Strickland
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Francis Clifford
Earl of Cumberland
1641–1643
Extinct
New title Baron Clifford
1628–1643
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Clifford