John Clifford

John Clifford (1435 - 1461)

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Sir John "9th Lord Clifford, Lord Clifford and Westmorland, Black-faced Clifford, The Butcher" Clifford
Born in Conisbrough Castle, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Conisborough Castle, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Ferrybridge, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Categories: Battle of Towton | Edward III 6th Gen Descendants.

British Aristocracy
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Royal Ancestors

Through his father:
William I, "The Conqueror", King of England[1] - 12th great grandfather.
Henry II, King of England[2] - 9th great grandfather.
Philippe IV, King of France [3] - 6th great grandfather.
Edward I, "Longshanks", King of England[4] - 6th great grandfather.
Edward III, King of England[5] - 4th great grandfather.

Sir John Clifford, of Appleby, Westmorland, 9th Lord Clifford, was born at Conisbrough Castle 8 Apr 1435.

He was the son and heir of Thomas Clifford, the 8th Baron, and his wife Joan Dacre.

He married Margaret Bromfleet, daughter and heiress of Sir Henry Bromfleet of Londesborough. Yorks, by his 2nd wife Eleanor FitzHugh.

They had 2 sons (Henry KB, and Richard Esq), and 1 daughter (Elizabeth).

He was knighted at the Battle of Wakefield, where he slaughtered so many men he was called the Butcher.

He was killed less than 3 months later by a chance arrow, on 28 Mar 1461, the eve of the Battle of Towton, and attainted posthumously by the victorious Yorkists.

His widow married (2nd) Sir Lancelot Threlkeld.


  1. Great grandfather of Henry II (
  2. Great grandfather of Edward I (
  3. Maternal grandfather of Edward III of England (
  4. Grandfather of Edward III (
  5. Mahler, Leslie: "Samuel Levis, Quaker Immigrant to Pennsylvania", The Genealogist, Spring 1999, Vol 13, No 1, p. 30-36 (PDF download)
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