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Isabel (Vipont) de Clifford (abt. 1251 - bef. 1292)

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Isabel de Clifford formerly Vipont aka de Vieuxpont, de Vipont
Born about in Westmorland, Englandmap
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Wife of — married after in Clifford Castle, Clifford, Herefordshiremap
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Isabel (Vipont) de Clifford was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.


Isabel de Vipont,[1] also de Veteripont[2] and de Vieuxpont[3]
Isabel's date of birth is unknown, but she was said on 15 June 1269 to be of age (though the meaning of that in the case of girls is unclear). Citing this date, Richardson uses 18 as "of age", giving her birth year as "say 1251." [4]


Parents: Isabel de Vipont's father was Robert de Vipont of Appleby and her mother was Isabel, daughter of John fitz Geoffrey (often called "Isabel FitzJohn") married after 19 November 1242. [5]

Isabel had one sister, Idoine, wife of Roger de Leyburn and of Sir John de Cromwell; dsp.


Isabel became sole heiress (in her issue) when her sister died s.p.

1265 Marriage to Roger de Clifford

Roger de Clifford, son and heir apparent (but dvp[6]) of Sir Roger de Clifford of Tenbury, Worcs, by his 1st wife Maud; married shortly after 28 June 1265[7] Roger de Clifford had previously been married to Maud, widow of Hugh de Gournay. [4]

1277 Assize

In 1277-78 Roger de Clifford, his wife Isabel, and Roger de Leyburn and Idione his wife arraigned an assize of mort d'ancestor against Richard de la Vache touching a messuage and land in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire. [4]


Roger de Clifford was drowned while crossing a bridge of boats near the Menai Straits in Wales 6 Nov 1282. His widow, Isabel, died testate shortly before 14 May 1292.[4]

Burial: Shap Abbey (Abbey of St. Mary Magdalene), Shap, Cumbria (Westmorland), England

Disputed Marriage to Richard Whitfield

While Richardson[4] has no mention of a second husband for Isabel, another source does. [8] . A second marriage is not contradicted by the facts. There is a ten year window between the death of Roger de Clifford and the death of Isabel during which a second marriage could have taken place, and Threlfall's assertion is that such a marriage did indeed take place between Isabel and Richard Whitfield. [8]

Threlfall asserts that Isable and Richard Whitfield had a child, Robert Whitfield[8]

Adding credibility to this assertion is that about 1307 Robert Whitfield was joint signatory with his brother granting lands in Alston, Cumberland to Ivo de Veteriponte (Vipont), and Richard was Lord of Whitfield in 1352.[8]

Since Isabel died with a will, an examination of the will should clarify whether at the time of her death she was wife of Roger de Clifford or Richard Whitfield.

Inquisition after the Death of Roger de Clifford

After Robert de Veteripont died from his wounds received in battle, 1264–[5,] fighting on behalf of the earl of Leicester and the barons against Henry III, the king seized his vast possessions, but, on the intercession of Edward his son, he restored them to Robert's two heiresses— Isabella a girl of ten years and Idonea of six or seven years of age. The king, however, by reason of their youth, committed them to the custody of his two influential friends —Roger de Clifford of Clifford Castle in Herefordshire and Roger de Leyburn of the county of Kent. And with heiresses in their wardship, holding such vast possessions, it was only natural that marriages to their respective heirs would be arranged quickly. [9]

In the meantime the two guardians endeavoured to come to an agreement as to the division of the estates between the two girls, an agreement that was confirmed when Roger de Clifford, the younger, married Isabella. They were to have the manor of Brougham; a moiety of the manors of Marton, Appleby, Winton and Brough; a moiety of the forests of Whinfell and Mallerstang; three parts of the manor of Meaburn Regis and a moiety of the profits of the Sheriffwick. [9]

On the other hand Idonea was to have the castle of Brough; a moiety of the four manors as above; the manor of Kirkby Stephen; the castle of Mallerstang; a fourth part of the manor of Meaburn Regis, a moiety of the two forests as above; and a moiety of the profits of the Sheriffwick. That Idonea was to have the two castles of Brough and Mallerstang seems to imply that Isabella was to have the two castles of Appleby and Brougham. [9]

Unfortunately both young husbands died within a year of one another, in 1282 and 1283, and the following is the Inquisition taken after the death of Roger de Clifford. [9]


Children of Isabel de Vipont and her husband Roger de Clifford

Appendix: Detail of Inquisition Post Mortem

The following is the Inquisition taken after the death of Roger de Clifford. [9]

Inquisition taken at Appleby before the King's Escheator, Thomas de Normanvill, on Saturday after Hilary, 11 Edward 1, 1282, by John de Halton and others as jurors, as to what lands Roger de Clifford, junior, held of his proper heritage and what of the heritage of Isabella his wife.
They say that he held of the heritage of the said Isabella by the service of two knights:—
The manor of Brougham, worth yearly £15. 11. 7.
the moiety of the manor of Marton, worth yearly £13. 3. 5¼
the moiety of the manor of Appleby, worth yearly £27. 5. 3¼
three parts of the manor of Meaburn Regis, worth yearly £37. 14. 8¼
the moiety of the manor of Winton, worth yearly £24. 2. 3¼
the moiety of the manor of Brough with the herbage of Stainmoor, worth yearly £70. 13. 0;
the moiety of the forest of Quinfell as well in herbage as agistment, wood sold and other issues, worth yearly £23. 3. 3½
the moiety of the forest of Mallerstang worth yearly £22. 3. 9;
a service called cornage received as well from knights as other free tenants, worth yearly £13. 11. 4, rents from the same, worth yearly £2. 15. 7¾, and the shrievalty of the county worth yearly £3. 6. 8.

A total of £253 10. 11¼.

His first born son Robert is his heir aged nine years at Easter.

Of the fees of knights and free tenants and advowsons of churches, which he held of the inheritance of Isabella, the jurors say nothing, for they have not been divided between her and her sister Idonea wife of Roger de Leyburn, the coheiress of Robert de Veteripont.

(Chanc. Inq. p. mortem, 11 Edw. I, file 35, n. 5.)

His widow, Isabella, survived her husband about eight years, and sat personally in court and executed the office of Sheriff. She died however in 1291 at the age of 37 years. Idonea lived many years after and married a second husband but died without issue, so that the whole Veteripont inheritance became vested in the heirs of Isabella and Roger de Clifford.

Inquest taken after the death of Isabel de Clifford, one of the daughters and heirs of Robert de Veteripont, taken at Appleby on Friday after St. Barnabas the Apostle, 20 Edw. I, 1291, before the King's Escheator beyond the Trent, as to what the said Isabel held of the king in chief and what of others, in co. Westmorland the day that she died. The jurors say on oath that the said Isabel held the castle of Appleby with a moiety of the profits of the county of the king in chief, whose issues are not sufficient to sustain the castle, sheriff, his clerks, the constable, porter and other ministers of the same, also in the same vill of Appleby certain land worth yearly 117 shillings.
She held also the manor of Brougham in chief of the king, which manor in gardens is worth yearly 10s. but cannot sustain the said manor; and in demesne are 115 acres of arable land, worth 8d. per acre, 9 acres of arable land worth 6d. per acre, 60 acres of land worth 3d. per acre, 58 acres of meadow worth 2s. per acre; a water mill worth 10s. yearly; a close of which the herbage is worth 20s. the year; a part of the forest of Quinnefell worth yearly in all issues 20 marks, a certain part within the said forest is worth 60s. yearly; a certain meadow in Cumberland belongs to the said manor and is worth 4s. yearly, also a small pasture called Thornholme which is worth 10s. by the year. Sum total £29. 2. 10.
She held also the manor of Brough under Stainmore in chief of the king. There are there 134 acres and 3 roods of arable land worth 18d. the acre yearly, 5 acres of waste land worth 3d. the acre, 50 acres of meadow worth 12d. the acre, of William's Rydding 30s., 20 bovates of land rendering yearly £8. 2. 9., 11 cotters rendering for their messuages and gardens 23s., free tenants rendering yearly £19. 17. 0.; two mounds (torella) rendering yearly 9d.; in the lower Brough 25 free tenants rendering yearly 20s. 6d.; of tenants aforesaid for autumn works 10s. 6d.; of stallage 3s.; of the oven 20s.; there are three forges rendering yearly 3s. 9d.; three cotters render yearly 10s.; in perquisites of the court yearly 15s.; of the office of constable and his foresters £3. 6. 8.; a "Yarnest cesthouse" (wool assessment house) worth yearly 20s.; a certain herbage in Stainmore with agistment, worth yearly £5.; two closes worth yearly £8. 6. 8.; thirteen vacaries with a plot worth yearly £26. 3. 4.; sea-coal 3s. Sum total £101. 10. 10¾.
She also held in chief of the king the manor of Winton. There are there 140 acres of arable land rendering yearly £7.; 25½ acres of meadow worth yearly 47s.; 28 bovates of land rendering yearly £18. 6. 6.; 13 cotters rendering for their messuages and gardens £3. 9. 10.; for brewing 2s.; pannage and agistment of pigs 4s.; there are there five free tenants rendering yearly 6s. 4½d.; one water mill worth yearly £10. 13. 4., but the said Isabel enfeoffed her esquire Adam del Hake of 100s. rent from the said mill for life. Sum total £42. 10. 6½.
She also held in chief of the king the manor of Kirkby Stephen. There are in demesne 70 acres of arable land rendering yearly £3.; 2½ acres of meadow rendering yearly 5s.; six bovates of land worth yearly 46s.; cotters rendering yearly 13s. 4d. Sum total £6. 5. 3.
Of the knight's fees
Alan de Caberg holds Caberg for 3 carucates of land and renders yearly for cornage17s. 8d.
Michael de Harcla holds Hartley12s. 4d.
William de Dacre holds fourth part of Overton6s. 4d.
The heirs of William de Soulby holds Crosby Gerard, Little Musgrave and a fourth part of Overton22s. 8½d.
Andrew and John de Helton hold Helton Bacon13s. 8d.
The heir of Robert de Askeby holds Great Askeby and Wynanderwath19s. 0d.
Ralph de Cundale holds Bampton Cundale and Knipe15s. 3d.
Henry Engaine holds Clifton16s. 4d.
Henry de Boyvill holds Knoksalkak3s. 4d.
Lucas Tailbois holds the moiety of Cliburn12s. 4½d.
John de Goldington holds Colby6s. 10d.
Thomas de Multon holds Hoff and Drybeck9s. 2d.
Earl Patrick holds the moiety of Milburn10s. 10d.
John Machel holds Crackenthorpe6s. 10d.
Roger Bull holds Kyrkeberg2s. 0d.
Hugh de Lowther, Adam de Haverington, Henry de Witby, and the prior of Watton hold Lowther Wyllame and Lowther Ion20s. 4d.
Walter Tylle, John de Staffole and Hugh de Sowerby hold a moiety of Cliburn15s. 5d.
Michael de Harcla holds Smardale13s. 8d.
Of the manor of Brough10s. 8½d.
Of the manor of Winton20s. 9d.
John de Helton holds Burtonone mark.

Sum total of cornage £13 8 10½

They say that all the said tenements are held of the king in chief by service of 2½ knight's fees. She held also the advowson of Warcop church worth £40 yearly, and the advowson of Brougham church worth £13. 6. 8. yearly. She held no land in the county except of the king. Robert de Clifford is her son and next heir and was aged 18 years at Easter last.

(Excheq. Inq. p. mortem, Series 1, file 1, n. 27.) </blockquote>


  1. Dictionary of National Biography (#DNB)
  2. British History
  3. Wikipedia: Robert de Clifford
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, 2013, Volume II, pages 241-242
  5. Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, 2013, Volume II, page 239
  6. died in his father's lifetime
  7. #Richardson
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 The Ancestry of Reverend Henry Whitfield (1590-1657) and His Wife Dorothy Sheafe (159?-1669) of Guilford, Connecticut, by John Brooks Threlfall, publ. 1989
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Curwen, The Later Records relating to North Westmorland: or the Barony of Appleby (1932), pp. 278-90 (Brougham) (accessed 11 July 2012).
  • Royal Ancestry 2013 Vol. II p. 241
  • Royal Ancestry 2013 Vol. V p. 185
  • Ancestral Roots 8th ed. 2004 F.L. Weis Line 82-31 page 88
  • Clifford pedigree - titled 'Table Showing the Descent of the Barony of Clifford' noting 'Isabel, daughter and co-heiress of Robert de Vipont, Lord and Hereditary Sheriff of Westmorland.'

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On 21 Aug 2015 at 15:05 GMT Michael Ferris wrote:

Isabel De Clifford is my 22nd Great Grandmother. This is a fascinating project! Thank you for all your work on this!

On 21 Aug 2015 at 08:38 GMT Jack Day wrote:

As recently as 2013 with Royal Ancestry, Richardson is unaware of a second marriage. Threlfal, according to the citation of Whitfield's son's profile, has Isabel married to Whitfield during the 10 year window after Roger de Clifford's death, so a marriage with issue is possible. I put a section in the narrative terming the marriage disputed, since Richardson does not acknowledge it, and also added citations from Richardson and Threlfal where appropriate. Whitfield's son's relationship to Isabel is already marked "uncertain" which is appropriate. With these cautions, I'm comfortable as the reviewer of this trail, in adding the Magna Carta badge to this profile.

On 13 Jun 2015 at 16:28 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Question - is the copied material from the British History site OK? I had only quoted from it, but the profile has since been edited to include (apparently) the entire entry.

On 11 Jun 2015 at 16:25 GMT Darlene (Athey) Athey-Hill wrote:

British History Online also mentions a second husband, but doesn't name him.

On 11 Jun 2015 at 16:15 GMT Darlene (Athey) Athey-Hill wrote:

The source for her marriage to Richard Whitfield that I have in my personal database is: The Ancestry of Reverend Henry Whitfield (1590-1657) and His Wife Dorothy Sheafe (159?-1669) of Guilford, Connecticut, by John Brooks Threlfall, publ. 1989, p. 115. My copy of that book burned in my house fire, so can't look for confirmation...

On 10 Jun 2015 at 21:54 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

I can't find any support for a marriage to Richard Whitfield or a son with him named Roger. She lived 10 years after Roger de Clifford's death, and she was about 40 when she was widowed, so it's possible. She was promised to Roger quite young (see this link), so Whitfield would have to have been a second husband.

On 10 Jun 2015 at 12:15 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! This profile is in the Magna Carta trail between the Gateway Ancestor Robert Peyton and Magna Carta surety barons Hugh Bigod and Roger Bigod.

See Magna Carta suggested lines for the profiles between Robert and Idoine (Clifford-59) Percy and her connection to the Bigods through her father (Clifford-242). For more information about the Magna Carta project, see the project page. To see information about the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, see Magna Carta 800th.

Cheers, Liz

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