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John "Le Boef" Giffard, Lord of Brimsfield

Also Known As: "John LE BOEF Giffard", "Baron", "Knight"
Birthplace: Brimpsfield, Gloucestershire, England
Death: Died in Boyton, Wiltshire, England
Place of Burial: Wiltshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Elias IV Giffard, Lord of Brimpsfield and Alicia Giffard, Heiress Of Ashton
Husband of Margaret, Widow of John de Neville, of Essex; Aubrey De Caumville Abbess Of Polesworth and Maud de Clifford, Baroness Giffard
Father of Katherine Giffard; Eleanor Giffard; Maude Giffard; Catherine Giffard and Elizabeth Giffard

Occupation:, Baron, Abt 1334 Of Yoe, , Devon, England
Managed by: Eric Michael ANDERSON
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About Sir John Giffard, Baron of Brimpsfield

John, Lord Giffard of Brimsfield

b. 19 January 1241, d. 29 May 1299

Father Sir Elias Giffard Knt.1 b. circa 1211?, d. 1248

Mother Alice Maltravers b. after 1202


  • (1) m. Maud de Clifford b. circa 1234, d. after December 1282
  • (2) m. Margaret, widow of Sir John de Neville, of Hallingbury [m. in 1286]


  • Catherine Giffard+ b. c 1267, d. a 13224
  • Eleanore Giffard+ b. 1275, d. b 23 Jan 1323/248,9
  • John (1287–1322)


1. JOHN Giffard . Lord Giffard of Brimpsfield. m firstly MATILDA de Clifford, daughter of ---. John & his wife had children:

a) CATHERINE Giffard (1272-after 1322). The Book of Lacock names “Catharinam filiam Johannis Giffard” as wife of “Nich’um de Audele”, son of “Jacobus de Audele”[1248]. She became a nun at Ledbury[1249]. m (1299 or before) NICHOLAS de Audley, son of JAMES de Audley of Heleigh, Staffordshire & his wife Ela Longespee (before 1258-28 Aug 1299).


Also called Sir John Giffard of Brimsfield.2 Arms: Gules, three lions passant, in pale, argent, and langued, azure.1 John, Lord Giffard of Brimsfield was born on 19 January 1241 at Brimsfield, Gloucestershire, England.3 He was the son of Sir Elias Giffard Knt. and Alice Maltravers.1 John, Lord Giffard of Brimsfield married Maud de Clifford, daughter of Walter, 3rd Lord Clifford and Margred verch Llewelyn; Her 2nd.2,4 Summons writs - recorded "- merely -" on the Welsh Rolls and ignored by Dugdale. Includes 11 Earls and 99 others "who must, if the writs be good, be accounted as Barons." In 1283.5 John, Lord Giffard of Brimsfield was summoned by writ directed "Johanni Giffard de Brimmesfeld" in 1283.6 John was summoned to parliament by Edward I "Longshanks", King of England on 23 June 1295 as Lord Giffard of Brimsfield.7 1st Lord Giffard of Brimsfield at Gloucestershire, England, on 23 June 1295.7 John, Lord Giffard of Brimsfield was a witness where Edward I "Longshanks", King of England called a Parliament and summoned his Barons on 23 June 1295.7 John, Lord Giffard of Brimsfield died on 29 May 1299 at Boynton, Wiltshire, England, at age 58 years, 4 months and 10 days.3


[S603] C.B., LL.D., Ulster King of Arms Sir Bernard Burke, B:xP, pg. 231.

[S603] C.B., LL.D., Ulster King of Arms Sir Bernard Burke, B:xP, pg. 122.

[S1121] LDS Submitters, "AFN: 4X44-4P", Ancestral File.

[S215] Revised by others later George Edward Cokayne CP, I:338.

[S215] Revised by others later George Edward Cokayne CP, I:xvii-xviii.

[S215] Revised by others later George Edward Cokayne CP, I:xvii-xviii - so held to be a Baron.

[S217] Transcribed by Colin Hinson, English Peerage (to 1790).

[S235] Paternal Ancestry of H. B. James, online, I Copyright (c) Homer Beers James 1996 - In web form by P. McBride (mailto:e-mail address).

[S215] Revised by others later George Edward Cokayne CP, XII/1:343.


John Giffard From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John Giffard, Baron Giffard of Brimsfield (1232–1299), was an English nobleman prominent in the Second Barons' War and in Wales. His initial gift of land in Oxford led to the foundation of Gloucester College, Oxford.

Involvement in military actions

In 1263, with others of Simon de Montfort's party[1] he besieged the sheriff of Gloucester in Gloucester Castle. Also in that year, with others, he abducted Peter of Aigueblanche, the Bishop of Hereford, confining him to Eardisley Castle. In 1264 he controlled Kenilworth Castle, and successfully attacked Warwick Castle, occupied by William Maudit, 8th Earl of Warwick. Captured at the Battle of Lewes, he changed sides, and fought for Henry III at the Battle of Evesham. He was subsequently a staunch king's man, for Henry and Edward I of England. He fought at the decisive Battle of Orewin Bridge (1282).[2] Edward granted him Welsh castles, including Carreg Cennen.


He was the son of Elias Giffard IV of Brimpsfield, Gloucestershire and his second wife, Alice, sister of Sir John Mautravers, of Lytchett Matravers, Dorset. He married Maud de Clifford, daughter of Sir Walter de Clifford, of Clifford, Hertfordshire, and widow of William III Longespée. Their son John (1287–1322) was executed by Edward II as a rebel, and Brimpsfield Castle was destroyed. Their daughter Katherine married Nicholas Audley (1258-1299), son of Ela Longespée and James de Audley. Their daughter Eleanor married Fulk le Strange, 1st Baron Strange. John married secondly, in 1286, Margaret, widow of Sir John de Neville, of Hallingbury[disambiguation needed], Essex.


  1. Including Roger de Clifford[disambiguation needed].[1]
  2. Orewin Bridge and the Fall of Wales


Concise Dictionary of National Biography Complete Peerage, Volume 5, pp. 639-44


John Giffard, then in his 17th year (born 1232) during whose minority the Queen had a grant of his lands, towards the maintenance of Prince Edward. (Afterwards Edward I.) In 41st of Henry III, this John Giffard was commanded to be at Bristol with horse and arms, thence to march into South Wales against Llewellyn ap Griffith. In six years subsequently he was constituted Governor of St. Brianels Castle, and warden of the forest of Dean in Gloucester; but soon after taking part with the rebellious barons (these rebellions continued long into the reign of Henry III, son of King John) was among those whom the Archbishop of Canterbury ordered to be excommunicated. He was at the battle of Lewes, under the baronial banner, but adopting a different course at Evesham, he obtained pardon for his former treason, in consideration of the services which he then rendered to the royal cause. In the 55th of Henry III, 1271, Maud de Longspee, widow of William de Longspee (see Longspee line below), daughter and heiress of Walter Clifford, having by letter complained to the king, that this John Giffard had taken her by force from her manor house, and carried her to his Castle of Brimsfield, where he kept her in restraint: he was summoned before the king, when denying the charge, but confessing his marriage with the lady without royal license, he made his peace by paying a fine of 300 marks. In 10th of Edward I, 1282, John Giffard was in the expedition made by Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester, against Llewellyn, ap Griffith, Prince of North Wales; and observing that Llewllyn had separated, with a small party, from the body of the army, he joined Edward Mortimer, and slaying the Prince, despatched his head to the king, who caused it to be set upon the Tower of London, crowned with ivy. In the 18th year of the same reign, 1290, he was constituted Governor of Dynevor Castle in Wales, and having been summoned to Parliament as a baron from June 24, 1295, to April 10, 1299, he died in the latter year and was buried at Malmesbury. He married 1st Maud Clifford de Longspee, widow of Wm. de Longspee, and had two daughters, Catherine and Alinore. He married 2nd Alicia de Mautravers, who d. s. p., and 3rd, Margaret Neville, and had an only son, John, who succeeded him in 1299, who was hanged for high treason at Gloucester 1322, when the barony fell under the attainder, but was revived and may now be considered to be vested in the descendants and representatives of his half sisters Catherine and Alinore


Moriarty in NEHGR 75:129 discoverd fine of John Giffard le Boef ol Twyfor, in the time of Edward I, in which John is called “on of Osbert Gifford”, thus conclusively proving the pedigree. Thus “probable son” can be deleted from prior articles.

He was knight of the shire for co. Bucks, in a Parliament at Westminster -- one of the earliest Parliaments.

In the role of arms, time of Edward I, arms of John Giffard le Boef are given as “Gules, three lions pasaant in pale argetn and a label for difference.”


Additional Source: "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 September 2012), entry for John /Giffard/.

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Sir John Giffard, Baron of Brimpsfield's Timeline

January 19, 1232
Brimpsfield, Gloucestershire, England
Age 39
Brimsfield, Gloucestershire, England
Age 42
Brimsfield, Gloucestershire, England
Age 44
Of, Brimsfield, Gloucestershire, England
May 29, 1299
Age 67
Boyton, Wiltshire, England
June 11, 1299
Age 67
Wiltshire, England