Richard "Strongbow" de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke

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Richard "Strongbow" de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke

Also Known As: "Strongbow", "Richard Fitz-Gilbert", "Richard Fitzgilbert de Clare", ""Strongbow""
Birthplace: Tonbridge, Kent, England
Death: April 20, 1176 (46-55)
Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Place of Burial: Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin County, Dublin, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Gilbert FitzGilbert "Strongbow" de Clare, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Isabel de Beaumont, Concubine #15 of Henry I, Countess Of Pembroke
Husband of Eva of Leinster, Countess Of Stirgoil
Partner of Unknown Mistress of Richard de Clare
Father of Isabel de Clare, heiress of Pembroke; Gilbert FitzRichard de Strigoil, 3rd Earl Pembroke; Joan de Clare; Basile de Clare, (speculative marriage with Quincy) and Aline Alice FitzGerald
Brother of Basilia de Clare
Half brother of Isabel Hedwig FitzRoy

Occupation: 2nd Earl of Pembroke and Strigul
Managed by: Anne Brannen
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About Richard "Strongbow" de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke

"Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (of the first creation), Lord of Leinster, Justiciar of Ireland (1130 – 20 April 1176). Like his father, he was also commonly known by his nickname Strongbow (French: Arc-Fort). He was a Cambro-Norman lord notable for his leading role in the Norman invasion of Ireland."


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Citations / Sources:

[S2] Paget Heraldic Baronage, Paget, Gerald, (Manuscript, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957), chart no. 130 Clare, FHL microfilm 170063, 2/2.

[S2] Paget Heraldic Baronage, Paget, Gerald, (Manuscript, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957), chart no. 358 Marshall, Earls of Pembroke, FHL microfilm 170066.

[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 387. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.

[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume X, page 357.

[S7] #44 Histoire de la maison royale de France anciens barons du royaume: et des grands officiers de la couronne (1726, reprint 1967-1968), Saint-Marie, Anselme de, (3rd edition. 9 volumes. 1726. Reprint Paris: Editions du Palais Royal, 1967-1968), FHL book 944 D5a; FHL microfilms 532,231-532,239., vol. 2 p. 482.

[S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 68. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.

[S12] #497 Die Nachkommen Karls des Großen (1964), Brandenburg, Erich, (Frankfurt am Main: Zentralstelle für Deutsche Personen- und Familiengeschichte, 1964), FHL book 940 D5be., Tafel 6 gen 14 no. 31.

[S18] Matthew H.C.G., editor, Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1995), de Clare, Richard. Hereinafter cited as Dictionary of National Biography.

[S25] #798 The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry, Watney, Vernon James, (4 volumes. Oxford: John Johnson, 1928), FHL book Q 929.242 W159w; FHL microfilm 1696491 it., vol. 1 p. 203.

[S39] Medieval, royalty, nobility family group sheets (filmed 1996), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Department. Medieval Family History Unit, (Manuscript. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996), FHL film 1553977-1553985..

[S54] #21 The complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant, Cokayne, George Edward, (Gloucester [England] : Alan Sutton Pub. Ltd., 1987), 942 D22cok., Band 10-p. 352.

[S71] Domesday Descendants, Keats-Rohan, K.S.B., (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2002), 942 D3kk., p. 235.

[S106] #388 The House of Cornewall (1908), Liverpool, Cecil George Savile Foljambe, (Hereford: Jakeman and Carver, 1908), FHL book 929.242 C815L; FHL microfilm 1,426,037 it., p. 25.

[S138] MS. 6614E - Davies of Cringell (MFU #11617), (National Library of Wales manuscript number 6614E. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950.), FHL microfilm 104381 item 8., no page numbers.

[S171] #799 Norfolk Archaeology: or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to the Antiquities of the County of Norfolk (1847-), Norfolk and Norwich Archaelogical Society, (Norwich: Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, 1847-), FHL book 942.61 B2a., vol. 6 Hastings Pedigree.

[S766] #2226 Limbus Patrum Morganiae et Glamorganiae: Being the Genealogies of the Older Families of the Lordships of Morgan and Glamorgan (1886), Clark, George Thomas, (1 volume in 2. London: Wyman, 1886), FHL microfilm 990,307 items 2-3., p. 389.

[S1800] #771 The History of the Princes, the Lords Marcher and the Ancient Nobility of Powys Fodog and the Ancient Lords of Arwystli, Cedewen and Meirionydd (1881-1887), Lloyd, Jacob Youde William, (6 volumes. London: T. Richards, 1881-1887), FHL book 942.9 D2L; FHL microfilms 990,213-990,214., vol. 1 p. 101.

[S2416] #12627 Genealogy of Shropshire [by Joseph Morris] (filmed 1966), Morris, Joseph, (10 volumes. Manuscript filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966), vol. 1-2 FHL microfilm 504,551; vol.3-4 FHL microf., vol. 6 p. 2943.

[S2434] #2105 Heraldic Visitations of Wales and Part of the Marches Between the Years 1586 and 1613 by Lewys Dwnn (1846), Dwnn, Lewys; transcribed and edited with notes by Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick, (2 volumes. Llandovery: William Rees, 1846), FHL book 942.9 D23d; FHL microfilm 176,668., vol. 2 p. 55 fn. 3.

  • Richard was 2nd Earl of Pembroke, Lord of Leinster, and Justicar of Ireland.
  • He was instrumental in leading the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century.
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Richard "Strongbow" de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke's Timeline

Tonbridge, Kent, England
Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Pembroke, Dyfed, Wales (United Kingdom)
Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
April 20, 1176
Age 51
Dublin, Leinster, Ireland