Henry Clinton, 2nd Earl of Lincoln

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Henry Clinton or Fiennes, 2nd Earl of Lincoln, KB (1539 – 29 September 1616) was an English peer, styled 10th Baron Clinton from 1572 to 1585.[1]


He was the son of Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln, by second wife Ursula Stourton. He was made a Knight of the Bath in 1553. He was returned to the House of Commons, representing the constituency of Lincolnshire in 1571. He was commissioned a captain of horse in the Royal army in 1569.

He was also Vice-Admiral of Lincolnshire and Vice-Admiral of Yorkshire.

Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire

He inherited the earldom and barony from his father Edward in 1585. By his father's will, which Henry contested, he inherited Tattershall Castle; but his wife Elizabeth had a life interest in the family property at Sempringham.[2] Subsequently, Clinton feuded with the poet Tailboys Dymoke, son of his brother-in-law Robert Dymoke, over some obnoxious verses.[3]

He died at Sempringham, and was succeeded by his son Thomas Clinton, 3rd Earl of Lincoln.


He married firstly in 1555 or 1557 Lady Catherine Hastings (born 11 August 1542), a daughter of Francis Hastings, 2nd Earl of Huntingdon, and Catherine Pole, and had:

He married secondly after 20 October 1586 Elizabeth Morrison (died c. 4 July 1611), and had two children by her:

  • Sir Henry Clinton (1587-1641), married firstly Eleanor Harrington, married secondly in 1624 Elizabeth Hickman, and had issue
  • Kendal Clinton.


  1. ^ Doyle, James William Edmund (1886). The Official Baronage of England, v. 2. London: Longmans, Green. pp. 382–383. 
  2. ^ Duffin, Anne. "Clinton, Edward". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/5679.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Larkum, Eleri. "Dymoke, Tailboys". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/6985.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Edward Clinton
Earl of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Thomas Clinton
Baron Clinton
(descended by acceleration)