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Lady Isabel Marshal de Clare
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Birth: Oct. 9, 1183
Pembroke
Pembrokeshire, Wales
Death: Jan. 17, 1240
Berkhamsted
Hertfordshire, England

Countess de Clare and Countess of Cornwall

Isabel Marshal was born at Pembroke Castle daughter of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Isabel de Clare. She was one of eleven children, and the granddaughter of John FitzGilbert and Sybil de Salisbury, Richard de Clare Strongbow and Aoife of Leinster.

On the 9th of October 1200, her 17th birthday, Isabel married Gilbert de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford and 1st Earl of Gloucester, who was 20 years older than her, at Tewkesbury Abbey. Despite the age difference the marriage was a very happy one, and the couple had six children:
* Agnes de Clare born 1218
* Amice de Clare 12201287, wife of 6th Earl of Devon Baldwin de Reviers & Robert de Guines
* Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford 12221262
* Isabel de Clare 1226-1264, wife of Robert the 5th Lord of Annandale; she would be the great grandmother of Robert the Bruce
* William de Clare 12281258
* Gilbert de Clare born 1229, a priest

Isabel's husband Gilbert joined in an expedition to Brittany in 1229, but died 25 October 1230 on his way back to Penrose, in that duchy. His body was returned home where he was buried at Tewkesbury Abbey.

As a young widow, only 30 years old, the mother of three daughters and three sons, she had proven her ability to bear healthy children, and this was probably the reasons for the proposal of marriage from Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall, and Isabel's acceptance of it, despite the fact that her husband had just died only five months earlier. They were married at Fawley Church on 30 March 1231. They were the parents of four children, three of whom died in the cradle:
* John of Cornwall 1232-1233
* Isabella of Cornwall 1233-1234)
* Henry of Almain 1235-1271, murdered by his cousins Guy and Simon de Montfort
* Nicholas of Cornwall born 17 January 1240, died hours after birth, buried at Beaulieu Abbey with his mother

Isabel died of liver failure, contracted while in childbirth, on 17 January 1240, at Berkhamsted Castle. She was 39 years old. As Isabel was dying she asked to be buried next to her first husband at Tewkesbury Abbey, but Richard had her interred at Beaulieu Abbey, with her infant son, instead. As a pious gesture, he sent her heart, in a silver-gilt casket, to Tewkesbury Abbey.

A special thanks to Audrey DeCamp Hoffman (volunteer #46783896) for all her work and love. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Marshal (1146 - 1219)
  Isabel De Clare (1172 - 1220)
 
 Spouses:
  Gilbert de Clare (1182 - 1230)
  Richard of Cornwall (1209 - 1272)*
 
 Children:
  Richard de Clare (1222 - 1262)*
  Isabel de Clare Le Brus (1226 - 1264)*
  William de Clare (1228 - 1258)*
  John de Cornwall (1232 - 1233)*
  Isabella de Cornwall (1233 - 1234)*
  Henry de Almain (1235 - 1271)*
  Nicholas de Cornwall (1240 - 1240)*
 
 Siblings:
  Gilbert Marshal (____ - 1241)*
  Anselm Marshal (____ - 1245)*
  Isabel Marshal de Clare (1183 - 1240)
  William Marshal (1190 - 1231)*
  Maud Marshal De Warenne (1192 - 1248)*
  Walter Marshal (1196 - 1245)**
  Sibyl Marshal (1201 - 1245)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Beaulieu Abbey
Brockenhurst
New Forest District
Hampshire, England
 
Maintained by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Originally Created by: Audrey DeCamp Hoffman
Record added: May 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89565702
Lady Isabel <i>Marshal</i> de Clare
Added by: Audrey DeCamp Hoffman
 
Lady Isabel <i>Marshal</i> de Clare
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- Richard Parker
 Added: Sep. 15, 2014
Rest in Eternal Peace my ancestor..Victoria
- Victoria
 Added: Sep. 13, 2014
Remembering my 25th Great Grandmother. You are not forgotten.
- Dawn
 Added: Sep. 1, 2014
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