Richard FitzGilbert de Clare 1st Earl of Hertford
(Between 1084/1090-1136)
Adelize de Gernon
(Abt 1094-1128)
James de St. Hilary of Harcourt
(Abt 1105-Abt 1154)
(Abt 1109-)
Roger de Clare 3rd Earl of Hertford
Maud de St. Hilary
Richard de Clare 6th Earl of Clare
(Abt 1153-1218)


Family Links

1. Amice FitzWilliam Countess of Gloucester

Richard de Clare 6th Earl of Clare 1 2 3

  • Born: Abt 1153, Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, Kent, England
  • Marriage (1): Amice FitzWilliam Countess of Gloucester about 1180
  • Died: 30 Dec 1218, Oxfordshire, England about age 65
  • Buried: Clare or Tunbridge Priory

  Research Notes:

4th Earl of Hertford, 6th Earl of Clare, Earl of Gloucester.

Sources are fairly certain that this is the Richard de Clare who was a Magna Charta Surety.

From Wikipedia - Richard de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford :

Richard de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford (c.1153[1] - December 30 , 1218 ) was the son of Roger de Clare, 3rd Earl of Hertford and Maud de St. Hilary. More commonly known as the Earl of Clare, he had the moiety of the Giffard estates from his ancestor Rohese. He was present at the coronation of King Richard I at Westminster , 3 September 1189 , and King John on 27 May 1199 . He was also present at the homeage of King William of Scotland at Lincoln.
He married (c. 1172) Amice FitzRobert, Countess of Gloucester (c. 1160-1220), second daughter, and co-heiress, of William Fitz Robert, 2nd Earl of Gloucester , and Hawise de Beaumont.

He sided with the Barons against King John , even though he had previously sworn peace with the King at Northampton , and his castle of Tonbridge was taken. He played a leading part in the negotiations for Magna Carta , being one of the twenty five Barons appointed as guardians. On 9 November 1215 , he was one of the commissioners on the part of the Barons to negotiate the peace with the King. In 1215, his lands in counties Cambridge , Norfolk , Suffolk and Essex were granted to Robert de Betun . He and his son were among the Barons rxcommunicated by the Pope in 1215. Sometime before 1198 Earl Richard and his wife Amice were ordered to separate by the Pope on grounds of consanguinity . They separated for a time because of this order but apparently they reconciled their marriage with the Pope later on.

His own arms were: Or, three chevronels gules.

  Death Notes:

Ancestral Roots has. d. 28 Nov 1217. Magna Charta Barons & Wikipedia have 30 Dec 1218.

  Noted events in his life were:

Magna Charta Surety, 1215.

4th Earl of Hertford, 1173-1218.


Richard married Amice FitzWilliam Countess of Gloucester, daughter of William FitzRobert 2nd Earl of Gloucester and Hawise de Beaumont of Leicester, about 1180. (Amice FitzWilliam Countess of Gloucester was born about 1160 and died on 1 Jan 1225.)


1 Weis, Frederick Lewis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr; William R. Beall and Kaleen E. Beall, eds, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700 (8th ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2008.), Line 63-27 (Amice).

2 Browning, Charles Henry, The Magna Charta Barons and their American Descendants (Philadelphia, 1898.), pp. 87-88.

3, Richard de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford.

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