Geoffrey de Clive

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Geoffrey de Clive
Bishop of Hereford
Appointed before 26 December 1115
Term ended February 1119
Predecessor Reynelm
Successor Richard de Capella
Consecration 26 December 1115
by Ralph d'Escures, Archbishop of Canterbury
Personal details
Died February 1119
Buried Hereford Cathedral
Denomination Catholic

Geoffrey de Clive (or Geoffrey de Clyve; died 1119) was a medieval Bishop of Hereford.


Clive's nationality and origins are unknown.[1] He was a royal clerk or chaplain for King Henry I of England before being nominated to the see of Hereford.[2][3] He was consecrated on 26 December 1115[4] at Canterbury by Archbishop Ralph d'Escures.[2] He died on 2 February[4] or 3 February 1119.[2] He was buried in Hereford Cathedral, where his effigy dates from the fourteenth century.[1]

The historian Frank Barlow says Clive "was remembered as an austure man who was not over-generous to the poor."[5] There is some evidence that he cut back the number of prebends for the cathedral chapter, as well as attempting to improve the episcopal manors. The only document dating from his time as bishop is his profession of obedience to Archbishop Ralph.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Barrow "Reinhelm" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ a b c Barrow Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066–1300: Volume 8: Hereford: Bishops
  3. ^ Brett English Church p. 107
  4. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 250
  5. ^ Barlow English Church p. 83


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Hereford
Succeeded by
Richard de Capella