Richard de Clare, 1st Earl of Hertford, was born 1094 in Clare, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom to Gilbert Fitz Richard (c1066-c1117) and Adelaïde de Clermont (1076-c1120) and died 15 April 1136 Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom of Killed in an ambush. He married Alice de Gernon (1102-1129) . Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Rollo of Normandy (860-932), Charlemagne (747-814)/s.

He is commonly said to have been created Earl of Hertford by either Henry I or Stephen, but no contemporary reference to him, including the record of his death, calls him by any title.


Offspring of Richard de Clare and Alice de Gernon (1102-1129)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Gilbert Fitz Richard de Clare, 1st Earl of Hertford (-1153)
Roger de Clare, 3rd Earl of Hertford (1116-1173) 1116 1173 Maud de St. Hilary (c1136-1195)
Alice de Clare (c1115-aft1148) 1115 1148 William de Percy (1112-c1175)
Cadwaladr ap Gruffydd (c1100-1172)
Rohese de Clare (bef1141-)

Footnotes (including sources)

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  • Richard had been away from his lordship in the early part of the year. Returning to the borders of Wales via Hereford in April, he ignored warnings of the danger and pressed on toward Ceredigion with only a small force. He had not gone far when on 15 April he was ambushed and killed by the men of Gwent under Iorwerth ab Owain and his brother Morgan, grandsons of Caradog ap Gruffydd, in a woody tract called "the ill-way of Coed Grano", near Llanthony Abbey, north of Abergavenny. Today the spot is marked by the 'garreg dial' (the stone of revenge). He was buried in Tonbridge Priory