Robert de Clifford, 1st Baron de Clifford


Robert de Clifford, 1st Baron de Clifford

Robert de Clifford, 1st Baron de Clifford (c. 1274–1314), was an English soldier.

A son of Roger de Clifford (d. 1282), he inherited the estates of his grandfather, Roger de Clifford, in 1286. He then obtained through his mother part of the extensive land of the Viponts, and thus became one of the most powerful barons of his age. He was summoned to parliament as a baron in 1299.

During the reigns of Edward I and Edward II, Clifford was a prominent soldier. He won great renown at the siege of Caerlaverock Castle in 1300. After taking part in the movement against Edward II's favourite, Piers Gaveston, Clifford was killed at Bannockburn.

His son Roger became the 2nd Baron de Clifford.

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