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Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Gloucester

In the north choir aisle of Westminster Abbey is a carved shield with the coat of arms of Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Gloucester - "or, three chevrons gules". The series of shields in the aisles are traditionally associated with individuals or families who were benefactors to the building of the present Abbey by Henry III from 1245-1272.

He was born in 1222, a son of Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford and his wife Isabel (Marshal). As a child he was a ward of Hubert de Burgh and heir to great estates in England. Eventually he came into the care of Henry III. He married Maud de Lacy in 1238 and had seven children. As a rich and powerful Baron he was able to offer help to the king in his building programme. At one time he joined with Simon de Montfort against the king but constantly switched his allegiance. He died near Canterbury on 15th July 1262 and is buried at Tewkesbury Abbey.


15th July 1262


North Choir Aisle

Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Gloucester
Richard de Clare shield

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