Richard  (Clare) de Clare

Richard (Clare) de Clare (1222 - bef. 1262)

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Sir Richard "6th Earl of Gloucester, 5th Earl of Hertford, High Marshal and Chief Butler to the Archbishop of Canterbury" de Clare formerly Clare
Born in Gloucestershire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in secret at St. Edmund's Bury (modern: Bury St. Edmund's) Suffolk, Englandmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Ashenfield, Waltham, Kent, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Feb 2011
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Categories: Magna Carta | Clare-651 Descendants | Clare-673 Descendants.

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Richard (Clare) de Clare is a descendant of a Magna Carta surety baron.
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Richard de Clare is the son of Magna Carta surety baron Gilbert de Clare and grandson of Magna Carta surety baron Richard de Clare

Richard's wife Maud was also descended from two Sureties, Lacy and Quincy, so their sons Gilbert and Thomas and daughter Rose inherited four Magna Carta descents and passed them on as a group to large numbers of descendants, including a majority of Colonial Gateways.

Many early descendants married the descendants of other Sureties, especially those of Hugh le Bigod's daughter Isabel.

Later descendants married each other, so that their further descendants inherited the same cluster of ancestors multiple times.



In April 1248. Richard de Clare, earl of Gloucester, Thomas de Bello Campo, Walter de Scoteny, Roger de Clifford, William de Clare and Nicholas de Leuekenor, received a letter of protection with clause rolumus, until a fortnight after Midsummer, to go on a pilgrimage beyond seas.[1]


(from Royal Ancestry) On the Monday following (his death), his body was taken to the Cathedral Church of Christ at Canterbury, where his entrails was buried before the altar of St. Edward the Confessor; the body was forthwith taken to the Collegiate Church of Tonbridge, Kent, where his heart was buried; and thence the body was finally borne to Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and buried there in the choir at Tewkesbury Abbey at his father's right hand 28 July 1262.

Unproven Issue

There is no such daughter as "Maud" born to Richard de Clare (and no documentation for such child). The profile seems to be a confusion with his daughter Margaret, as Maud was sometimes used for Margaret. There is no such location in Suffolk as "Tonebridge". De Tonebridge was a title of the Earls of Clare going back to Richard de Clare's great-great-great-grandfather and namesake, Richard de Clare. There is a "Tonbridge" also spelled "Tunbridge" in county Kent, where Richard de Clare owned a castle and other property. Maud de Clare needs to be merged into Margaret de Clare, with all facts to default to the ones on the profile of Margaret. See Richardson's Royal Ancestry Vol II, page 192 for details.


Richardson in Royal Ancestry Vol II page 192 states that it was rumored that Richard's death was from poison at the table of Peter of Savoy, the Queen's uncle.[2] He died on 15, 16 or 22 Jul 1262 at Canterbury, Kent, England.[2] He was about 40 years old.


  1. Assistant Keeper of HM Public Records, ed., Calendar of the Patent Rolls Preserved in the Public Record Office, Henry III 1247-1258, (London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1908), pp.12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Royal Ancestry by Douglas Richardson Vol. II, page 192
  • Royal Ancestry by Douglas Richardson Vol. IV. page 587

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On 9 Jun 2016 at 23:21 GMT Jayme (Mullins) Arrington wrote:

Clare-58 and Clare-99 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same dates. Previously unconnected profile with the same exact name and death date

On 25 Feb 2015 at 20:03 GMT PM Eyestone wrote:

Kenneth - I see you recently adopted this profile. I'm working on the shown parents and I don't see a "Robert" or a "Richard" in any of the sources. This profile is also unsourced, without issue or spouse. Please let me know if you have anything, otherwise please disconnect from parents.

On 1 Dec 2014 at 19:53 GMT PM Eyestone wrote:

Team - Richard will be added to the Magna Carta project. The profile is in good shape. We will be adding some sources. Thanks!

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