Name: Robert Clifford
Suffix: 1st Baron Clifford
Birth: 1 APR 1274
Death: 24 JUN 1314 in Bannockburn
Occupation: Fortifed Skipton Castle
Cause: Killed in battle
Change Date: 3 JUL 2008
The history of Skipton castle is inseparable from that of the Clifford family who were granted the property by Edward II in 1310, when Robert Clifford was appointed first Lord Clifford of Skipton and Guardian of Craven, the wide tract of countryside to the north and west of Skipton.
The Clifford's Norman forebears took the name from Clifford Castle in Herefordshire which they also owned. Robert Clifford began heavily fortifying the castle, but he was killed at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 with his new stronghold barely completed.
Father: Roger Clifford b: 1248 in Tenbury, Worcestershire
Mother: Isabel De Vipont b: 1254 in Brougham Castle, Westmorland
Maud De Clare b: ABT 1279
- Roger de Clifford b: 21 JAN 1300
- Robert Clifford b: 5 NOV 1305 in Westmoreland
- Idoine Clifford
- Margaret de Clifford