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Elizabeth CLIFTON ( - )

1. Elizabeth CLIFTON, daughter of Sir Gervase (The Gentle) CLIFTON of Clifton and Hodsock (1515-1588) and Mary (Maria) NEVILE (c. 1522-1564), married Peter FRECHVILLE.

Second Generation

2. Sir Gervase (The Gentle) CLIFTON of Clifton and Hodsock, son of Robert CLIFTON of Clifton and Hodsock and Anne CLIFFORD, was born on 26 March 1515. He married Mary (Maria) NEVILE on 17 January 1530. He died on 20 January 1588. He married Winifred THWAITES.

 

Sir Gervase The Gentle

One of the first Clifton's of note is Sir Gervase Clifton. He has shared his unusual Christian name with eleven other prominent members of the Clifton family. He was very popular in the court of Queen Elizabeth who referred to him as 'Gervase The Gentle'. Gervase Clifton had also been a favourite at the courts of Henry VII and Edward VI. He had a reputation as an impeccably courteous man 'of great authority in peace and war'. In 1544 he fought in France at the siege of Boulogne and in 1569 he defended Doncaster from a group of noblemen rebelling against Queen Elizabeth. He lies in a large tomb in the church that stands next to Clifton Hall, St.Marys. His only son, George died at the age of 20, a year before Gervase. George's son, another Gervase, was born after George had died but four months before Gervase died. Since Gervase The Gentle had no other heirs, the child became the holder of Clifton estates.

The Cliftons held the manors of Clifton and Wilford for nearly 700 years and are descended from one of William The Conquerors Knights, Alvared. Many of the Cliftons were destined to rub shoulders with royalty. The family assumed the name of 'Clifton' from the village when they purchased the lands in 1272 from the de Rhodes family. One branch of the family likewise assumed the name 'Wilford'. The family home became Clifton Hall on the summit of the Clifton heights overlooking the a large bend in the River Trent.

A gentleman of considerable authority, both in peace and war, in four successive reigns, Sir Gervase Clifton is mentioned in a distich penned by Elizabeth,

"Gervase the gentle, Stanhope the stout,
Markham the lion, and Sutton the lout."

Sir Thomas Nevil Kt.
Blazon: Gules a saltire argent charged with a martlet sable [impaling Furnival]
Arms found on a monument to Lady Joan Nevil [nee Furnival] at Barlborough Church. She married Sir Thomas De Nevile [d.1406] Lord of Sheffield and Hallamshire.

John Nevil was sheriff of Yorkshire 1518, 1523 1527. He resided at Chevet Hall near Crigglestone. John was implicated in the Rising of the North in 1541against Henry VIII because he did not notify his superiors of the impending rebellion. His daughter Mary Nevile married Sir Gervase Clifton, Sheriff of Nottingham who held the Wakefield Manor.

 

Biography of Sir Gervase Clifton (d.1588)

Gervase was the eldest son of Sir Robert Clifton, of Clifton and Hodsock, and his second wife Anne Clifford. He succeeded his father in 1518, at the age of around two.

Gervase was a favourite of successive Tudor monarchs and was dubbed 'Gervase the Gentle' by Queen Elizabeth I, in a rhyme referring to four Nottinghamshire gentlemen.

He was knighted in 1538, and went with King Henry VIII to France in 1544, participating in the seige of Boulogne. He was also at the Battle of Pinkie in 1547. He was a Justice of the Peace and Sheriff of Nottinghamshire at various times. He was succeeded by his four-month old grandson Gervase Clifton, later 1st Baronet, in 1588.

One of the first Clifton's of note is Sir Gervase Clifton. He has shared his unusual Christian name with eleven other prominent members of the Clifton family. He was very popular in the court of Queen Elizabeth who referred to him as 'Gervase The Gentle'. Gervase Clifton had also been a favourite at the courts of Henry VII and Edward VI. He had a reputation as an impeccably courteous man 'of great authority in peace and war'. In 1544 he fought in France at the siege of Boulogne and in 1569 he defended Doncaster from a group of noblemen rebelling against Queen Elizabeth. He lies in a large tomb in the church that stands next to Clifton Hall, St.Marys. His only son, George died at the age of 20, a year before Gervase. George's son, another Gervase, was born after George had died but four months before Gervase died. Since Gervase The Gentle had no other heirs, the child became the holder of Clifton estates.

The Cliftons held the manors of Clifton and Wilford for nearly 700 years and are descended from one of William The Conquerors Knights, Alvared. Many of the Cliftons were destined to rub shoulders with royalty. The family assumed the name of 'Clifton' from the village when they purchased the lands in 1272 from the de Rhodes family. One branch of the family likewise assumed the name 'Wilford'. The family home became Clifton Hall on the summit of the Clifton heights overlooking the a large bend in the River Trent.

A gentleman of considerable authority, both in peace and war, in four successive reigns, Sir Gervase Clifton is mentioned in a distich penned by Elizabeth,

"Gervase the gentle, Stanhope the stout,
Markham the lion, and Sutton the lout."



 

3. Mary (Maria) NEVILE, daughter of Sir John NEVILE of Chevet, near Criggleestone and Elizabeth BOSVILLE, was born circa 1522 in Sheet, Kent. She died on 10 April 1564. She was buried in Clifton, Notts.. She and Gervase (The Gentle) CLIFTON had the following children:

 

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Elizabeth CLIFTON ( - )

George CLIFTON (c. 1567-1588). George was born circa June 1567. He died on 20 January 1588.

Third Generation

4. Robert CLIFTON of Clifton and Hodsock, son of Sir Gervase CLIFTON and Agnes GRIFFITH, died in 1518. He married Alice DIGBY. He married Anne CLIFFORD.

 

5. Anne CLIFFORD was the daughter of Henry de Clifford, 10th Lord. She and Robert CLIFTON had the following children:

 

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Gervase (The Gentle) CLIFTON (1515-1588)

 

6. Sir John NEVILE of Chevet, near Criggleestone, son of Sir John NEVILLE of Liversedge and Maud RYTHER, was born circa 1471. He was a Sherrif of Yorkshire, 1518, 1523, 1527. He appeared in the census. He died before 29 May 1546. He married Elizabeth BOSVILLE.

 

he details in this biography come from the History of Parliament, a biographical dictionary of Members of the House of Commons.

Born by 1488, third son of Sir John Neville of Liversedge, by Maud, dau. of Sir Ralph Ryther of Rither, Yorks. Maud may have been a sister to the Sir Ralph Ryther given here as her father, HOP states that she was the daughter of Sir Ralph Rither of Rither, Yorks. Married, by Aug 1509, Elizabeth, dau. and coh. of William Bosvile of Chevet, wid. of Sir Thomas Tempest of Bracewell, Yorks. (d. 1507), at least 4s. 4da. Kntd. 25 Sep 1513. Yeoman of the horse by 1509; keeper, Old park, Wakefield, Yorks. 1509, Cotescue Park, lordship of Middleham, Yorks. 1532; warden, Selwood forest, Som. 1515; numerous other forestry offices; constable, Tintagel castle, Cornw. 1516; sheriff, Yorks. 1518-19, 1523-4, 1527-8; receiver and surveyor, forfeited lands of Edward Stafford, 3?D. Buckingham 1522, Holderness, Yorks. 1522, jt. 1527; commr. subsidy Yorks. (W. Riding) 1523, 1524, offences against clothing statutes Yorks. 1533, tenths of spiritualities, Leics. 1535, for survey of monasteries, Leics. 1536, j.p. Yorks. (N. Riding) 1532, (W. Riding) 1538-d.; knight of the body by 1533; steward and feodary, duchy of Lancaster, honor of Leicester, 1534; steward, forfeited lands of Lord Darcy 1538; gent. pens. 1540-d.2

John Neville was a courtier, soldier and administrator. He belonged to the prolific and powerful northern family but as a younger son of a cadet branch his early prospects cannot have been good. He presumably gained his footing in the Household through his relatives in the royal service.

The first traces of Neville date from 1509: he attended the funeral of Henry VII and obtained the wardship of his own stepdaughter. His marriage with a Yorkshire heiress, which had taken place by Aug 1509, established him in the West Riding, where he came to occupy the position once enjoyed by her forbears: to point his ascendancy he undertook the rebuilding of Chevet, which he was to boast made him no man's debtor. His local progress was matched by his advance at court. In 1513 he was in the army which besieged Tournai and on the city's fall he was knighted. His skill in arms served him not only on the battlefield but also at the lists, and in 1520 he was chosen to joust both at the Field of the Cloth of Gold and at Gravelines. Three years later it was put to a severer test against the Scots, and the second shrievalty which followed shows that it had come through satisfactorily. This was an office which Neville prized, but after he had held it for the third time in 1527-8 his request for a fourth term was denied.

Neville may have entered Parliament before 1529, the names of the Members of the earlier Parliaments of the century being mostly lost, but the addition of a proviso to the Act of 1523 (14 and 15 Hen. VIII, c.20) attainting the Duke of Buckingham which protected his receivership of the Duke's forfeited Yorkshire lands, does not of itself imply that he sat in the Parliament which passed that measure. He was not one of the original Members of the next Parliament, but the succession of his kinsman and namesake John Neville as the 3rd Lord Latimer left vacant one of the knighthoods for Yorkshire. Latimer perhaps helped Neville to fill it on 3 Feb 1533, but what probably settled the matter was his nomination by Cromwell and the suitability of his residence in the West Riding, Latimer being a man from the North Riding and the other knight Sir Marmaduke Constable from the East. Nothing has come to light ABT Neville's part in the work of this Parliament. Presumably he served for Yorkshire again in the following one, that of 1536, when the King asked for the re-election of the previous Members.

When the Pilgrimage of Grace began, Neville was with George Talbot, 4?E. Shrewsbury surveying monastic houses in Leicestershire. Three of his sons and two of his sons-in-law helped to restore order but his sister, who was married to Christopher Stapleton of Wighill, openly supported the insurgents. Neville assured Cromwell of his own loyalty and the minister approved his selection as a juror to try the rebels. His friendship with Cromwell did not yield him the monastic property that he coveted but equally the catastrophe of 1540 did not harm him. Neville's undoing was his failure in the next year to report a conspiracy in the West Riding: in Apr 1541 he was arrested, committed to the Tower and arraigned for treason. The Privy Council decided against his execution at the same time as the Countess of Salisbury's, which the conspiracy had precipated, and on 3 Jun ordered his removal to York, where he was put to death twelve days later. The French Ambassador described Neville as ‘a man well known at the court but of mediocre ability and wit? His wife and heir sued out pardons in the month of his death, but it was not until 1552 that his children were restored in blood by a private Act (5 and 6 Edw. VI, no.29). His descendants continued to live at Chevet until the 18th century when the family died out.

 

7. Elizabeth BOSVILLE, daughter of William BOSVILLE of Chevet, married Thomas TEMPEST.

 

John NEVILE and Elizabeth BOSVILLE had the following children:

 

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Mary (Maria) NEVILE (c. 1522-1564)

Henry NEVILE ( - )

Anne NEVILE ( - )

Elizabeth NEVILE ( - )

Richard NEVILE ( - )

William NEVILE ( - )

Francis NEVILE ( - )

Edith NEVILE ( - )