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American George CLIFFORD

English peer, as well as a naval commander and courtier in the court of Queen Elizabeth I

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on August 08, 1558 in Brougham Castle, Westmorland, England
Died: on October 30, 1605 in London, England


Clifford was born at Brougham Castle in Westmorland. Son of the 2nd Earl of Cumberland, Henry Clifford, he was orphaned by his father's death in 1570. Clifford subsequently succeeded to his father's titles. His guardianship was granted to the second Earl of Bedford, who married the young Clifford to his daughter Lady Margaret Russell in 1577. The Clifford family was traditionally based in the north with lands in Westmorland; however, life at court meant that George Clifford spent an increasing amount of time in southern England, away from his family's estates. As a result Brougham Castle, one of his properties in the north, was neglected and abandoned. At least one courtier commented on his northern upbringing, Charles Chester wrote to the steward of the Earl of Essex that he disliked George Cifford as 'the rudest Earll by reson of his northerly bringen up.'

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