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
On 24 Oct. 1543 Nicholas Throckmorton wrote from Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, to Sir William Parr asking leave for Mr. Clifford of Aspenden to go into Yorkshire to take livery of certain lands there. As his brother was evidently of age in 1543 and George Clifford had presumably attained his majority in 1546 when he was named as party to an alienation by their widowed mother, he may be identified with a property speculator active during the 1540s and 1550s; one of the transactions concerned was with Marmaduke Wyvill