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Robert Clere

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  1. 1.  Robert Clere was born in in of Ormesby, Norfolk, England (son of Robert Clere and Elizabeth Uvedale); died on 10 Aug 1529; was buried in Ormesby St. Margaret, Ormesby, Norfolk, England.

    Notes:

    Knight of the shire for Norfolk, 1495. Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk, 1501-02. Admitted a knight of Lincoln's Inn in 1467; knighted in 1494. He attended the funeral of Henry VII in 1409, and attended Henry VIII at his meeting with emperor Charles V at Gravesend in 1520.

    From An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk by Francis Blomefield (citation details below):

    Clere and his quarters Ormesby, Snecke, Westlesse, Wichingham, Somerton, Owydale, viz. and his two quarterings of the de-lises, and Rusteyn, impaling Boleyn.

    This Sir Robert was famed for his great wealth, and acquired much reputation for his manly courage; he was knighted on AllSaints eve 1494, by Henry Duke of York, was sheriff of Norfolk in 1501, and was present at that great interview between King Henry VIII. and the French King on the 7th of June 1520, when he attended the Queen with a grand equipage; his testament is dated August 1, 1529, by which he ordered his executors, as soon as they well could, that they should cause 100 masses of the five wounds to be said for him, and also that they should provide a priest to pray for his soul, those of Dame Anne, daughter of Sir William Hopton, Knt. and of Dame Alice, daughter of Sir William Boleyn of Blickling, Knt. his two wives, and of all his ancestors and friends, and ordered that this service should be kept five years in the church he was buried in; but above all, he desired that if any persons could prove, that he had hindered them, or against conscience wronged them, in their goods or substance, that his executors on such proof should make them restitution.

    His first wife lies buried at the altar in Ormesby with this on a brass plate,

    Orate pro anima Domine Anne Clere, nuper Uroris Domini Roberti Clere Militis, de Ormesby, que obiit rriiio die Mensis Januarii, Anno Domini Mcccccv, cuius anime propicietur Deus.

    His second wife is also buried at Ormesby with this, and Clere impaling Boleyn.

    Orate pro anima Domine Alicie Clere, nuper Uroris Robertt Clere Militis, filie Willielmo Boleyn Militis, que obiit io de Mensis Novemb' Anno Domini Mvcxxxviiio cuius anime propicietur Deus.

    He lies buried at the altar by his wives, under a stone circumscribed with these words, and a shield of arms, between each word,

    Orate pro anima Roberti Clere Militis, qui obiit decimo die Mensis Augusti, Anno Domini Millessimo Quingentissimo Uices simo Nono, cuius anime propicietur Deus Amen.

    The arms are: 1, Clere, &c. being the same as on the tomb here.

    By his first wife he had a son, William, who died without issue; but by the 2d, he had three sons, John, Richard, and Thomas, and four daughters; Elizabeth, wife of Sir Robert Peyton of Iselham, Knt.; Anne, a nun at Denny; Dorothy, who married Robert Cotton; and Etheldred or Audrey, who espoused William Jenney; Thomas, the youngest son, was buried at Lambeth in 1545, and was a great favourite with that learned peer, Henry Howard Earl of Northampton, who to perpetuate his memory, hath enumerated his services in the following epitaph,

    Norfolk sprang thee, Lambeth holds the dead, Clere of the County of Cleer-mont, though hight, Within the Womb of Ormond's Race thou bred, And sawest thy Cosin Crowned in thy Sight; Shelton for Love, Surry for Lord thou chuse, Aye me! while Life did last, that League was tender, Tracing whose Steps, thou sawest Kelsall blaze, Laundersey burnt, and batter'd Bullen render; At Muttrel Gates, hopeless of all Re-cure Thine Earl, half Dead, gave in thy Hand his Will; Which Cause did thee, this pining Death procure, E're Summers, Seven times Seven, thou could'st fulfill.

    Ah! Clere, if Love had booted, Care, or Cost, Heaven had not wonn, nor Earth so timely lost.

    Family/Spouse: Alice Boleyn. Alice (daughter of William Boleyn and Margaret Butler) died on 1 Nov 1538; was buried in Ormesby St. Margaret, Ormesby, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. John Clere was born about 1511 in of Ormesby St. Margaret, Norfolk, England; died on 21 Aug 1557 in At sea.

    Family/Spouse: Agnes Hopton. Agnes (daughter of William Hopton and Margaret Wentworth) died on 23 Jan 1506; was buried in Ormesby St. Margaret, Ormesby, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. William Clere

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Robert Clere was born in in of Ormesby St. Margaret, Norfolk, England (son of John Clere and Elizabeth Branch); was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

    Notes:

    From An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk by Francis Blomefield (citation details below):

    Clere, &c. as before, impaling Owydale or Dovedale, arg. a cross moline gul. quartering gul. a chevron erm. between three delises or; and Rusteyn, a horse passant sab. trapped, bridled and saddled or.

    This Robert is said by all evidences to be buried in the cathedral in Norwich, with Elizabeth Owydale his wife, as at vol. iv. p. 35; but though she was, it is plain to me now, that he was buried according to his will, in the nave of Ormesby St. Margaret's church, with these inscriptions; the former now remains, though the latter is lost:

    Credo quod Redemptor meus vivit; de Terra surrecturus sum.
    In Carne mea videbo Deum, Salbatorem meum.
    Hic iaret Robeertus Clere, qui obiit iio. Mensis Augusti Anno Dom. Mccccflbioruius anime propicietur Deus.


    He gave all his estate for life to his wife, and at her death William his son was to have the manors of Ormesby, Freethorp, and the manor and advowson of Winterton, &c. and Thomas his son to have Stratton Streeless manor, and Robert his son, Keswick manor in tail, after the death of his sons without issue, to Edmund his brother, remainder to Margaret, daughter of the said Robert.

    Robert married Elizabeth Uvedale. Elizabeth (daughter of Thomas Uvedale) died in 1492; was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Elizabeth Uvedale (daughter of Thomas Uvedale); died in 1492; was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England.
    Children:
    1. 1. Robert Clere was born in in of Ormesby, Norfolk, England; died on 10 Aug 1529; was buried in Ormesby St. Margaret, Ormesby, Norfolk, England.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John Clere (son of William Clere and Dyonise Wychingham); was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

    Notes:

    From An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk by Francis Blomefield (citation details below):

    Clere, Ormesby, Snecke, Ormesby, Westlesse, and Wichingham, impaling Branche, arg a lion rampant gul. over all a bendlet sab.

    This John, by reason of his estate in Burgh in Flegg, became a ward to the Countess of Norfolk, of whom it was held by knight's service. In 1390 he and Dionise his mother, purchased lands in Scrouteby. He and his wife are buried in Norwich cathedral, as at vol. iv. p. 35. She remarried to Sir John Rothenhale, Knt. and by will gave to Robert Clere her son, all her goods at Ormesby, and to Edmund Clere her son, all her goods at Castor, and her manor of Horninghall there, and Henstede, Rothenhale, and Cleydon manors in Suffolk.

    John married Elizabeth Branch. Elizabeth (daughter of Philip Branch) was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Elizabeth Branch (daughter of Philip Branch); was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England.
    Children:
    1. 2. Robert Clere was born in in of Ormesby St. Margaret, Norfolk, England; was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

  3. 6.  Thomas Uvedale

    Notes:

    Also spelled Owydale or Dovedale.

    Children:
    1. 3. Elizabeth Uvedale died in 1492; was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  William Clere was born in in of Ormesby, Norfolk, England (son of Robart Clere and Alice Filby); was buried in 1384.

    Notes:

    From An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk by Francis Blomefield (citation details below):

    This William, in 1351, was a knight, and serjeant at law, and in 1366 settled on Dionise his wife, his manors of Morehall, StrattonStreless, Vaux's in Burgh St. Mary, and Stalham-hall. In 1378 he lent King Richard II. 40 marks towards his supporting the French wars; and in 1381, 50 marks more for that purpose; he died in 1384, and was buried in St. Margaret's chancel at Ormesby, John his son being a minor; he seems to have been concerned in rebuilding the chancel, for he lies under the old arched tomb on the north side, and his arms are on the roof.

    Clere, &c. impaling Wichingham, er. on a chief sab. three croslets pattè or.

    William married Dyonise Wychingham. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Dyonise Wychingham (daughter of William Wychingham).
    Children:
    1. Robert Clere was born in in of Stokesby, Norfolk, England; died about 1420.
    2. 4. John Clere was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

  3. 10.  Philip Branch
    Children:
    1. 5. Elizabeth Branch was buried in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk, England.