- Born: 1274
- Marriage: DE CLARE, Maud on 13 Nov 1295
- Died: 24 Jun 1314, Bannockburn, , Stirling, Scotland aged 40
Source: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/CLIFFORD.htm#Robert CLIFFORD (1º B. Clifford)
See The House of Clifford Ch.12. On page 55 it mentions a poem that describes Robert's grandmother as Isabel De Bigod, Dau. of Hugh le Bigod, Earl of Norfolk; yet on page 51 it describes his ancestors which does not include Isabel De Bigod. Inherited the his mother's half of the Vipont estates in 1291 and following the Died of his aunt Idonea in 1308 he was able to
reunite the two halves of the Vipont estates under the Clifford name. Robert was very active against the Scots from a very early age and in 1296/7 along with Henry Percy he was ordered to invade Scotland. Scots, who were camped at Irvine, quickly asked for terms rather than fight the combined cavalries of Percy and Clifford. Robert was appointed Governor of Carlisle, captain and guardian of the Scottish marches and of the county of Cumberland. Lord Clifford took part in the battle of Falkirk that saw King Edward I's decisive victory over William Wallace and was rewarded with the governorship of Nottingham Castle. Robert was present at the Died of Edward I in 1307 and along with the Earls of Lincoln, Warwick and Pembroke he was appointed counsellor to Edward II and in the same year the new king appointed him as the Justiciar of England South of the Trent. In 1310 Edward II granted him Skipton Castle and the Honour of Skipton in Craven. Robert Clifford had promised the dying Edward I that he would not let Piers Gaveston lead the new king astray so in May 1312, along with the Earl of Lancaster, he besieged Scarborough Castle where Gaveston had taken refuge. Gaveston soon surrendered and was executed without trial. Robert was appointed Governor of Norham Castle in 1314 as he mustered men for what was to become know as the battle of Bannockburn. King Edward's army was defeated on 24th Jun 1314 and among the English dead was Robert 1st Lord Clifford. By his wife, Maud De Clare, Robert left three children, Roger, Robert and Idoine.
Robert married Maud DE CLARE on 13 Nov 1295.