Name: William Clinton
Suffix: Earl of Huntingdon 1
Death: 13 AUG 1354
Occupation: Builder of Maxstoke Castle, Warwickshire
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Change Date: 20 DEC 2006
According to BE1883, some sources report that Earl William dsp. It nevertheless reports that he had a daughter Elizabeth, but suggests that she may have been illegitimate as otherwise she would have been a baroness.
In 1346 King Edward gave William Clinton licence to crenellate Maxstoke Castle, the family manor house.
William married Julian, daughter of Sir Thomas de Leybourne, a great Kentish heiress, and widow of Lord Hastings. This, as Sir William Dugdale observes, was a great step in his advancement, although he had distinguished himself before his marriage. Edward the Third in the first year of his reign declared that William de Clinton had performed valuable services to him and Queen Isabel, his mother, when beyond the seas, for which he had been promised lands to the. value of two hundred pounds per year, and, in fulfilment of this engagement, he granted to him the castle, manor, and hundred of Halerton, in Chester and Lancaster. In the same year he had the honour of the King's commands to conduct John, Earl of Heinault, with his men-at-arms, from Dover (where they had just landed) to aid the King in the Scottish wars. He was made Governor of Dover Castle, Warden of the Cinque Ports, and constituted Admiral of the Seas.
As Admiral Clinton he attended the King into Scotland, where he was present at the famous battle of Hallidown. By this action, he stood high in the estimation of His Majesty, who, in 1337, created him Earl of Huntingdon. After many other signal exploits he was in the engagement near Winchelsea when the Spaniards were defeated. He died in 1354, leaving no issue, and Sir John de Clinton, the son of his elder brother, was declared his heir.
"Maxstoke Castle is a rebuilding of the family manor-house by William de Clinton following his elevation, in 1337, to the earldom of Huntingdon."
(Colin Platt, The Castle in Medieval England and Wales.)
Father: John Clinton b: 1258 in Amington
Mother: Ida Odingsells b: BEF 1277
Julianne or Judith de Leybourne b: 1343
- Elizabeth Clinton
- Type: Web Site
Title: Stirnet Genealogy
Author: Patrick Barns-Graham
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Periodical: The Scenery of Sherwood Forest, with an account of some eminent people there
Author: J Rodgers