|Death: ||Oct. 25, 1230, France|
Earl of Clare, Earl of Hertford, Baron of Clare, Knight of Suffolk.
Eldest son of Sir Richard de Clare, Earl of Hertford and Amice FitzWilliam of Gloucester, grandson of Sir Roger de Clare and Maud Saint Hilary, William FitzRobert, Earl of Gloucester and Hawise de Beaumont.
Gilbert married Isabel Marshal, the daughter of Sir William Marshal and Isabel FitzRichard, also the granddaughter of Richard Strongbow FitzGilbert de Clare. They were married 09 Oct 1217 on Isabel's seventeenth birthday, and had three sons and three daughters:
Sir Richard, Earl of Gloucester
William, poisoned in 1258
Gilbert, born 13 Sep 1229, priest
Amice, wife of Sir Baldwin de Rivers and Sir Robert de Guines
Agnes, born 1218, nothing else known
Isabel, wife of Robert de Brus of Scotland
Gilbert inherited the titles of Earl of Hertford from his father and the Earl of Gloucester from his mother in 1217 within her lifetime, as well as a share of the Giffard estates from a "Tonbridge" relative, Rohese Giffard. Gilbert settled disputes with his cousin, Amaury's wife, Milicent de Cantwlowe, by giving her the manor of Hambledon in Buckinghamshire 1217.
Gilbert and his father were made Magna Carta Barons in 1215, and ex-communicated by Pope Innocent 16 Dec 1215 as a result. They both were fighting with Louis "le Dauphin" King of France in the First Barons War at Lincoln in May of 1217. Gilbert was taken prisoner by William Marshall, whose daughter he wed the same year, his lands and properties restored. He was ordered in 1222 by King Henry III to stop attacking the castle of Dinaunt in Wales, witnessed the king's confirmation of the Magna Carta in 1225, then sided with the King;s brother, Richard III. Gilbert led the army in Wales who captured Morgan Gam in 1228, also discovering iron, lead and silver mines in Wales.
In 1230, Gilbert accompanied the king to Brittany where Gilbert died at Penros. His body was taken back to England by way of Plymouth and Cranborne to Tewkesbury where he was buried November 10th. His widow would remarry the following year to Richard, Earl of Cornwall and son of King John Lackland.
Richard de Clare (1153 - 1217)
Amice FitzWilliam Clare (1160 - 1225)
Isabel Marshal de Clare (1200 - 1240)*
Richard de Clare (1222 - 1262)*
Isabel de Clare Le Brus (1226 - 1264)*
William de Clare (1228 - 1258)*
Plot: Floor of Abbey in front of altar.
Created by: Bruce Morrison
Record added: Aug 28, 2008
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