Wilson Family Mystery

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Surnames/tags: Wilson de Clifford
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Link between Wilson and de Clifford

A Family Story

There is a story passed down in the Wilson family that the Wilsons are descended from the de Clifford's of Skipton Castle (see links below) and this is why the eldest male child has Clifford in his name.[1][2]
Wilsons with Clifford in their name:
Links of interest about the De Clifford family:

What We Know So Far

Unfortuanately, no evidenced link to the De Clifford's has yet been established.
It is clear, however, that the name Clifford entered the Wilson line with the marriage of George Wilson to Sarah Clifford Swan on 14 March 1814. Sarah's paternal grandmother was Sarah Clifford (1706-1769), the daughter of George Clifford (born before 1681).
See Decendants of George Clifford

Can You Help?

There are likely to be slightly different versions of the story of the link to the de Clifford's. Will you share the story you have heard? Please add it in Memories below.
Do you have any further information, sources, documents or photographs that may be of interest? Please add a Comment below or contact Chris Orme who will be very pleased to hear from you.


  1. Research findings and family knowledge of Chris W kindly shared with Chris Orme in email exchanges during March and June 2013. “...[I] am really glad that I got all the information I did from my dad (Clifford James Wilson) before he died.”
  2. Information from Monica Lesley (Wilson) Orme, shared with Chris Orme.


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