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Gilbert de Clare Earl of Gloucester (IV)

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Isabel Marshal

Richard de Clare
Gilbert de Clare Earl of Gloucester (IV)
  • Born: Abt 1180, Hertford, England
  • Married 9 Oct 1217, Penros, Brittany, France, to Isabel Marshal
  • Died: 25 Oct 1230, Penrose, Brittany, France

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    Gilbert de Clare, 4th Earl of Gloucester, Earl of Hertford, Clare, Tonbridge, St. Hilary, Surety Baron For Magna Carta

    Earl From 1217

    GILBERT de CLARE, son of Surety Richard de Clare, and himself a Surety, was born about the year 1180. In June 1202 he was entrusted with the lands of Harfleur and Mostrevilliers. He was one of the Barons still opposing the arbitrary proceedings of the Crown. He championed Louis the Dauphin, fighting at Lincoln under the Baronial banner, and was taken prisoner by William Marshall, whose daughter he later married. He led an army against the Welsh in 1228 and captured Morgan Gam, who was released the next year. After an engagement in Brittany, he died on his return at Penros in that Duchy, 25 October 1230. His body was conveyed by way of Plymouth and Cranbourn to Tewkesbury. He was buried there before the High Altar 10 November 1230. He married Isabella, sister of William Marshall, the Surety, and daughter of William Marshall, the Protector, on 9 October 1217. She died 17 January 1239/40.

    Gilbert de Clare built a Castle at Caerdigan, Pembrokeshire, Wales. A marriage brought it into the hands of William Marshall, who soon controlled the strongest castles on the peninsula. The keep has been transformed into a modern house. Of all the castles that finally came into William Marshall's possession, this was the most important to the area. Scholars believe there is evidence that it was originally built of wood.

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