Henry Clifford, 10th Baron de Clifford

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Henry Clifford, 10th Baron de Clifford, also 10th feudal baron of Skipton (ca. 1454 – 23 April 1523)[1] was a member of the Clifford family which was seared at Skipton Castle from 1310 to 1676. He was one of the chief commanders in the Battle of Flodden against the Scots in 1513. He is the subject of the opera Henry Clifford by Isaac Albéniz.

Origins[edit]

He was the son of John Clifford, 9th Baron de Clifford (also known as "Black-faced Clifford").

Career[edit]

He was the hereditary Sheriff of Westmorland from his restoration until his death.

However, at the age of sixty, once again his family was called into service by Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey who intended to repel the attacking Scots. Henry Clifford led an army of several thousand men northward and met the Scots on Flodden Field where the English won a decisive victory, and King James IV of Scotland was killed.[2]

Marriage and children[edit]

At some time before 1493 Clifford married Anne St John, who was the daughter of Sir John St John of Bletsoe (1426–1488) by his wife Alice Bradshaigh, and granddaughter of Margaret Beauchamp of Bletso. His eldest son and heir was Henry Clifford, 1st Earl of Cumberland.

Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Clifford
Baron de Clifford
1454–1524
Succeeded by
Henry Clifford, 1st Earl of Cumberland

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Henry Clifford, 10th Lord Clifford". The Peerage. 23 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Gee, H.L. (1960). Folk Tales of Yorkshire. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, LTD. pp. 35–39.