1373, Constantine born in Lincolnshire, England, s/o 2955012. John de Clifton & 2955013. Elizabeth de Cromwell.
6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, succeeded Edward III as King of England.
~1377, Margaret born in Norfolk, England, d/o 1477536. Sir Robert Howard & 1477537. Margery de Scales.
1388, Constantine age 16 at the death of his father, 2nd Baron de Clifton, esq., who held Buckenham Castle in Norfolk and other manors of southwest Norwich.
12/18/1388, IPM of John de Clinton, knight. Essex: Little Waltham. £11 6s. 8d. rent … He died on the feast of St. Laurence in the year aforesaid. Constantine his son is his heir, age not known because he was born in the county of Lincoln. (S) CIsPM.
9/24/1391, Constantine’s mother died.
2/14/1392, Commitment to Robert Bukton, … of the keeping of the castle and manor of Bokenham, … late of John de Clifton, ‘chivaler,’ tenant in chief, to hold the same … until the lawful age of Constantine, son and heir of the said John, … (S) CFRs.
2/16/1392, Commitment (with like clause) to John Godard, 'chivaler,' … of the keeping of all the lands which Elizabeth late the wife of John de Clyfton, 'chivaler,' held of the inheritance of the said John, from the time of the death of the said Elizabeth until the lawful age of John's heir [Constantine], at a yearly farm of 20 marks. (S) CFRs.
[––Constantine & Margaret––]
~1393, Constantine married Margaret.
8/20/1393, IPM for John de Clifton, knight. Essex: … the jurors of which were ignorant of the age of Constantine son and heir of the said John, because he was born in the county of Lincoln, … The said Constantine is 21 years of age and more. (S) CIsPM.
1/25/1394, Grant, … in the king’s gift by reason of the minority of Constatine de Clifton, son and heir of John de Clifton, knight, tenant in chief, lately a minor in the king’s custody.
1394, Constantine summoned to parliament.
3/30/1394, Constantine granted to John Wryghte at farm the manor called Lathes for a 12-year term. (S) Proof of Age of son John.
1394, A writ was directed to John Knyvet [daughter Elizabeth’s father-in-law], escheator of Norfolk, to divide the lands and deliver siesin to Constantine Clifton and Maud, wife of Sir Ralf Cromwell, as cousins and heirs of Mary, widow of John Lord Roos and daughter of Joan, daughter and heir of Sir John de Orreby. [Joan the 2nd wife of 15210584. Lord Henry de Percy.]
8/27/1394 at Westminster, A charter between Constantine and Margaret, and Thomas Bardolf, John Howare, George Felbrygge, knights, … (S) IPM of Margaret.
2/8/1395, Order to John Knyvet, escheator in the county of Norfolk, to take the fealties of (1) Constantine de Clyfton, … and (2) Ralph de Crumwell, knight … other heir of the said Mary, …, for 2 marks paid in the hanaper … (S) CFRs.
2/20/1395, Inspeximus and confirmation to Constantine de Clyfton, kinsman and one of the heirs of Robert de Tateshale, … (S) CPRs.
2/14/1396, Pardon, … Robert Knolles, knight, … without licence, from Constantine, son and heir of John de Clifton, knight, … in Attlyburgh … (S) CPRs.
2/19/1396, Constantine Clyfton died. (S) UKNA, IPM.
10/20/1396, IPM of Constantine de Clyfton. Sussex: Walderton. A messuage and a virgate of land, … He died on 19 February, 19 Richard II. John, aged one year and more, is his son and heir. Essex: He died seised of the rent and reversion of the under-mentioned manor, which John de Clyfton, knight, his father, granted to Richard Waltham and Margaret his wife, who are still living, for the term of their lives … Little Waltham. The manor. … (S) CIsPM.
7/5/1396, To John atte Crosse of Depham escheator in Norffolk. Order to take of Margaret who was wife of Constantine de Clyfton an oath etc., and in presence of the next friends of John son and heir of the said Constantine, a minor in ward of the king, or of their attorneys, to assign her dower. (S) CCRs.
Margaret married 2nd Gilbert Talbot [his 3rd, 1 son, Richard.]
2/6/1398, Gilbert died.
5/26/1399, Order to give Margaret late the wife of Gilbert Talbot knight livery of the manor of Babyngle and two thirds of the manor of Grishagh in Wymondham … Thomas Bardolf knight and others made with licence of the king to her and Constantine de Clyfton her first husband … (S) CCRs.
9/30/1399, Henry IV succeeded Richard II as King of England.
1400, Adam Mynte presented as Rector at Babingley by Margaret, relict of Constantine de Clyfton. (S) Topographical Hist. of the County of Norfolk, Blomefield, 1808, P351.
9/2/1415, Agreement between William Wyngefeld and Katherine, his wife, and Lady Margaret, widow of Constantine de Clifton, gent., manor of Butordes in Kimberley. (S) UKNA.
3/25/1433, Margaret died; buried at Black Friars, Norwich. (S) IsPM.
4/2/1434, IPM of Margaret, wife of Constantine Clifton. Norfolk: She held [in dower after the death of Constantine of the inheritance of] John Clyfton , son and heir of Constantine de Clyfton, the manor of Babingley and 2 parts of the manor of Grishaugh in Wymondham … John Clyfton, knight, is her son and next heir. (S) E-CIPM 24-122.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P436. (S) A Synopsis of the Peerage of England, Nicolas, 1825, P136.
Children of Constantine and Margaret:
i. John de Clifton, born 3/30/1394 in Old Buckenham, Norfolk, England. [Heir]
1396, John put in wardship of Simon Felbrigge, knight.
11/26/1416, John de Clyfton, son and heir of Constantine, proof of age. (S) E-CIPM 21-673. [This is source of birth place.]
1434, … writ to Escheator to give seisin to John, son and heir of Constantine Clyfton, of all the lands and tenements that Margaret, the widow of Constantine, had in dower and otherwise to the end of her life. (S) Report on the Manuscripts of the Family of Gawdy, Historical Manuscripts Commission.
1447, John died leaving a daughter Margaret who died childless. The estates then reverted to the line of Elizabeth and the Knevit family.
ii. Elizabeth Clifton (738753), born by 1396 in Old Buckenham, Norfolk, England.