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Isabella Clifton (Herbert)

Also Known As: "Scott", "Isabel (Herbert) Finch", "Elizabeth Herbert Frensh", "Elizabeth Harbert", "Isabel Herbert Or Finch", "Elizabeth Herbert", "Isabella "Elizabeth" Herbert"
Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Netherfield, East Sussex, England
Death: circa November 20, 1457 (46-54)
Brabourne, Kent, England
Place of Burial: Brabourne, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Vincent Herbert alias Finch, II and Lady Isabella Cralle
Wife of William Scott, Esq of Scot's Hall; William Scott, M.P. for East Kent and Sir Gervase Clifton
Mother of Sir John Scott, of Scot's Hall in Smeeth; Margaret Scott; Joan Scott; William Scott; Michael Scott, 1431 and 4 others
Sister of John Finch; Elizabeth Ashburnham; Dionisia Herbert Finch; William Finch and Joane Iwood

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About Isabella Clifton

Isabella was the youngest daughter of Vincent Herbert, alias Finch, of Netherfield, Sussex (ancestor of the earls of Winchilsea) by Isabel, daughter and heir of Robert "Richard" Cralle and Martha Pepelsham or Pittlesden.

  • Isabel Herbert1,2,3,4
  • F, d. circa November 1457
  • Father Vincent Herbert, Esq.1,2,3,4 b. c 1370
  • Mother Isabella Cralle2,3 b. c 1357
  • Isabel Herbert married William Scott, Esq. circa 1413.2,3 Isabel Herbert married Sir Gervase Clifton, Sheriff of Kent, Mayor of Canterbury, Treasurer of Calais, Captain of Pontoise, son of Sir Gervase Clifton and Isabel Fraunceys, after 5 February 1433; They had 2 daughters (Isabel, wife of John Jernegan, Esq; & Joan, daughter of John Digges, Esq.).1,3,4 Isabel Herbert died circa November 1457.2
  • Family 1 William Scott, Esq. b. c 1390, d. 5 Feb 1434
  • Child
    • Sir John Scott, Sheriff of Kent, Governor of Dover Castle+2 b. c 1415, d. 1485
  • Family 2 Sir Gervase Clifton, Sheriff of Kent, Mayor of Canterbury, Treasurer of Calais, Captain of Pontoise b. c 1405, d. 6 May 1471
  • Children
    • Joan Clifton+2,3,4
    • Isabel Clifton+1,2 b. c 1434
  • 1.[S11572] The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, by Gerald Paget, Vol. II, p. 398.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 272.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 512.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 81.
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  • Magna Carta ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families By Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham
  • Magna Carta ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families By Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham
  • Pg. 220
  • 9. GERVASE CLIFTON, Knt., of Hodsock and Clifton, Nottinghamshire, son and heir, born about 1396 (aged 40 in 1436). He married ISABEL FRAUNCEYS, daughter of Robert Fraunceys, Knt., of Foremark, Derbyshire, Knight of the Shire for cos. Derby and Stafford, Sheriff of cos. Nottingham and Derby, by his wife, Isabel [?Peshale]. They had two sons, Robert and Gervase, Knt. GERVASE CLIFTON, Knt., died 15 Nov. 1453. His widow, Isabel, died 13 June 1457, and was buried at Clifton, Nottinghamshire. . . . .
    • Pg. 221
    • 10. GERVASE CLIFTON, Knt., of Clifton, Nottinghamshire, and London, and, in right of his 1st wife, of Brabourne, Kent, and in right of his 2nd wife, of Eresby, Lincolnshire, Sheriff of Kent, 1439, 1450, 1458, Mayor of Canterbury, 1450, Treasurer of Calais, Captain of Pontoise, younger son, born say 1405. He married (1st) ISABEL HERBERT (alias FINCHE), widow of William Scott, Esq., of Brabourne, Kent (died 5 Feb. 1433), and daughter of Vincent Herbert (alias Finche), Esq., of Netherfield, Sussex, by Isabel, daughter and co-heiress of Robert Cralle, of Cralle (in Warblngton), Sussex. They had two daughters, Isabel (wife of John Jernegan, Esq.) and Joan. His wife, Isabel, died in or about Nov. 1457. He married (2nd) before 20 March 1462/3 MAUD STANHOPE, widow successively of Robert Willoughby, K.G., 6th Lord Willoughby of Eresby (died 25 July 1452), and Thomas Neville, Knt. (died 30 Dec. 1460), and eldest daughter of Richard Stanhope, Knt., of Rampton, Nottinghamshire, by his 2nd wife, Maud, daughter of Ralph Cromwell, 2nd Lord Cromwell. They had no issue. SIR GERVASE CLIFTON was beheaded after the Battle of Tewkesbury 6 May 1471, and was buried at Brabourne, Kent. She was heiress in 1490 to her sister, Joan Stanhope, wife successively of Humphrey Bourchier, Knt. [Lord Cromwell] and Robert Radclyffe, Knt. His widow, Maud, died 30 August 1497, and was buried in the Collegiate Church at Tattershall, Lincolnshire. . . . .
    • Child of Gervase Clifton, Knt, by Isabel Herbert (alias Finche):
      • i. JOAN CLIFTON, married JOHN DIGGES, esq., of Diggs Court (in Barham), Kent [see DIGGES 10].


  • Dictionary of National Biography volume 51.djvu/114
  • Obscurity in the history of the family of Scott of Scot's Hall ceases with the settlement by Peter de Coumbe in 1402 of the manor of Combe or Coumbe in Brabourne on William Scott (d. 1434), who was escheator for Kent in 1425, sheriff in 1428, and M.P. in 1430. Before 1409 he married his first wife, Joan, daughter of Sir John de Orlestone (d 1397), and by purchase or inheritance he acquired the manor and church of Orlestone, which had belonged to her family. He presented to the church in 1426, 1430, and 1433. He is believed to have built on the manor of Hall the mansion-house afterwards known as Scot's Hall. To him also was probably due the reconstruction in the Perpendicular style of the chapel of the Holy Trinity to the south of the chancel in Brabourne church, at the entrance of which he directed that he should be buried (cf. Weever). He died on 5 Feb. 1433–4. His second wife was Isabella, youngest daughter of Vincent Herbert, alias Finch, of Netherfield, Sussex (ancestor of the earls of Winchilsea); she survived him, and remarried Sir Gervase Clifton, treasurer of the household to Henry VI, who resided at Brabourne. By his second wife William Scott had, with other issue, an heir, John, and William (d 1491). The latter was lord of the manor of Woolstan, and founder of the family of Scott of Chigwell, Essex.
    • The heir, Sir John Scott (d. 1485) of Scot's Hall, a consistent Yorkist, was appointed sheriff of Kent in 1460, and, on the accession of Edward IV next year, was knighted and made comptroller of the household. Edward IV, on the attainder in 1461 of Thomas, baron de Roos, and James Butler, earl of Wiltshire, gave him the castle and manor of Wilderton and Molash in Kent and the manor of Old Swinford and Snodsbury in Worcestershire, with a life interest in the castle and manor of Chilham. He was one of the negotiators of the treaty of commerce with Burgundy, concluded at Brussels on 24 Nov. 1467, and of the marriage treaty [see Margaret, Duchess of Burgundy], and one of the commission for the delimitation of the Pale of Picardy, appointed on 18 June 1472. He was returned to parliament for Kent in 1467, and was engaged in the following years on diplomatic negotiations with the Hanse Towns. In 1471 he succeeded Richard Neville, earl Warwick, whom he was sent to arrest in France after the battle of Stamford (May 1470), as lieutenant of Dover Castle, warden of the Cinque ports, and marshal of Calais, and continued in active diplomatic employment. He died on 17 Oct. 1485, and was buried in the north wall of the chancel of Brabourne church. His arms are in the north window of ‘the martyrdom’ at Canterbury Cathedral. His account-book (1463–6) was printed in ‘Archæologia Cant.’ vol. x. By his wife Agnes (d. 1487), daughter of William de Beaufitz of the Grange, Gillingham, Kent, he had, with two daughters, an heir, William. The statement that Thomas Rotherham [q. v.] was a younger son is without foundation.


  • Sir Gervase Clifton (died 6 May 1471) of Clifton, Nottinghamshire and London was a 15th-century English knight and landowner. He was beheaded after the Battle of Tewkesbury.
  • Gervase Clifton was a junior member of the Clifton family of Nottinghamshire.[citation needed]
  • Gervase Clifton was the son of Sir Gervase Clifton (d. 15 November 1453) of Hodsock and Clifton, Nottinghamshire, only son of Sir John Clifton (slain at the Battle of Shrewsbury on 21 July 1403), and his wife, Katherine Cressy. Gervase Clifton's mother was Isabel Fraunceys (d. 13 June 1457), the daughter of Sir Robert Fraunceys of Foremark, Derbyshire. His only sibling was a brother, Robert Clifton.[1]
  • Clifton served as Lieutenant of Dover Castle and as Captain of Pontoise, France where he was knighted. He came into an estate at Brabourne, Kent, by his marriage to an heiress, Isabel Herbert. He was Mayor of Canterbury in 1450, served as High Sheriff of Kent for 1439, 1450 and 1458 and represented Kent in the Parliament of 1455.
  • He was briefly Treasurer of the Household of Henry VI and Treasurer of Calais 1450–60.
  • He was declared a traitor for his support of Margaret of Anjou. He took part in and was captured at the Battle of Tewkesbury during the Wars of the Roses and was beheaded in Tewkesbury market place along with other Lancastrian leaders on 6 May 1471.
  • Clifton married firstly Isabel Herbert (died c. November 1457), widow of William Scott (d. 5 February 1434), esquire, of Brabourne, Kent, and daughter of Vincent Herbert (alias Finche), esquire, of Netherfield, Sussex by Isabel Cralle, the daughter and coheiress of Robert Cralle, by whom he had two daughters:[2]
    • Isabel Clifton, who in 1459 married John Jerningham (d.1503), esquire, of Somerleyton, Suffolk, by whom she had two sons and several daughters, including:[2][3][4][5]
      • 1. Sir Edward Jerningham (d.1515), who married firstly Margaret Bedingfield (d. 24 March 1504), and secondly Mary Scrope (d. 25 August 1548).
      • 2. Sir Richard Jerningham (d.1525/6), Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to King Henry VIII, who married Anne Sapcote (d. 14 March 1559). After the death of Sir Richard Jerningham, Anne (née Sapcote) married John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford, by whom she was the mother of Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford.
      • 3. Margaret (or Mary) Jerningham, who married Thomas Stanhope, esquire, of Rampton; they were the paternal grandparents of Anne Stanhope.
    • Joan Clifton, who married John Digges, esquire, of Digges Court in Barham, Kent; they were the grandparents of the scientist, Leonard Digges.[6][7]
  • Clifton married secondly, before 20 March 1463, Maud Stanhope, widow firstly of Robert Willoughby, 6th Baron Willoughby de Eresby (d. 25 July 1452), and secondly of Sir Thomas Neville (d. 30 December 1460), second son of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury, slain 30 December 1460 at the Battle of Wakefield. Maud Stanhope was the daughter of Sir Richard Stanhope (d. 1436) of Rampton, Nottinghamshire by his second wife, Maud Cromwell (d. 30 August 1497), daughter of Ralph Cromwell, 2nd Baron Cromwell (died c. 2 May 1417). Maud Stanhope was the niece and coheiress of Ralph de Cromwell, 3rd Baron Cromwell (d. 4 January 1456), and the heiress of her sister, Joan Stanhope (d. 10 March 1490), who had married firstly Sir Humphrey Bourchier, slain at the Battle of Barnet on 14 April 1471, and secondly Sir Robert Radcliffe of Hunstanton, Norfolk. There were no issue of Clifton's second marriage, and after his death his widow, Maud Stanhope, alleged that he had 'wasted and destroyed' more than £1000 worth of jewels, plate and household goods which she brought to the marriage. She died 30 August 1497, and was buried in the Collegiate Church at Tattershall, Lincolnshire.;[8][9][10][11] [12]
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Isabella Clifton's Timeline

Netherfield, East Sussex, England
Age 15
Abt. 1422 Scotts Hall, Kent, England
Age 16
Smeeth, Kent, England
Age 17
Abt. 1424 Scotts Hall, Kent, England
Age 18
Clifton, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 19
Abt. 1426 Scotts Hall, Kent, England
Age 21
Abt. 1428 Scotts Hall, Kent, England
Age 24