CLIFFORD, George (by 1524-69 or later).
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b. by 1524, 2nd s. of Thomas Clifford of Brackenborough, Lincs. by Ellen, da. and h. of John Ewerby of Ewerby.2
It is virtually certain that a Clifford sitting in Parliament for Appleby was a kinsman of the Earl of Cumberland. Although no George Clifford has been found among the immediate family at this time, the 2nd Earl had a distant cousin so named. On 11 Feb. 1555 Cumberland had licence to grant his estates to feoffees who included the brothers Thomas Clifford of Aspenden, Hertfordshire, and George Clifford, and in his will he placed these two after his own illegitimate brother in the entail of his estates. They were the grandsons of Sir Robert Clifford, himself a younger son of Thomas, 8th Lord Clifford. Sir Robert had acquired Aspenden on his marriage to Elizabeth Barley or Barkley, widow of Sir Ralph Jocelyn, and although his son appears to have disposed of his interest there the family continued to be described as of Aspenden. Thomas Clifford, who was aged 30 and more in November 1558, married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Skipwith of South Ormsby, Lincolnshire, but if George married the name of his wife has not been found.3