John was born in 1602 and died in 1665.
Burkes Genealogical and Heraldic History of Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, page 928
Col. JOHN GIFFARD, of Brightleigh, b. 1602, was one of the staunchest adherents of Charles I. With his three kinsman (all of whom were fined), Anthony Giffard of Landcross, William Giffard of Halsbury and Roger Giffard of Tiverton Castle, he actively supported the Royal cause, and was "decimated, sequestrated, and imprisoned," and paid ₤1,136 as compensation for his estates. Colonel Giffard was a distinguished soldier, and commanded in person the Devon pike men at the battle of Lansdowne Hill. After the Restoration he was selected to be a knight of the Royal Oak, and d. 1668. A folio Bible, elaborately bound and clasped, is still in the possession of the family, and traditionally the gift of the King to this eminent Royalist. Colonel Giffard m. Joan, dau. of Sir John Wyndham, of Orchard Wyndham, Somerset, by Joan, dau. of Sir Henry Portman of Orchard Portman, in the same co., and by her had, with six daus
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