8/1/1348, John born in England, s/o 5910024. Constantine de Clifton & 5910025. Katherine de la Pole.
~1354, Elizabeth born in England, coheir & d/o 5910026. Lord Ralph de Cromwell & 5910027. Maud de Bernak.
Bef. 1361, John’s father died before his grandfather.
12/14/1361, John age 15, heir to his mother: York: Hundmanby. Lands &c. … Suffolk: Shellegh. A third part of the manor, … Essex: Little Waltham.
2/17/1363, Commitment to Helmyng Leget, king's yeoman, of the wardship of all the lands in the counties of Suffolk and Essex late of Katharine late the wife of Constantine de Clifton, who held in chief, to hold until the lawful age of John, son and heir of Constantine and Katharine. (S) CFRs.
1/1367, John’s grandfather, Adam, died.
2/1367, IPM … Adam de Clyfton, the elder, knight [grandfather of John], … John son of Constantine de Clyfton de Clyfton, his kinsman, age 18 at St. Peter’s Chains last, is his heir. (S) CIsPM.
5/11/1367, Commitment to the king's esquire, Helmyng Leget, of the wardship of all the lands late of Adam de Clifton, knight, who held in chief, to hold the same, together with the issues thereof since the death of Adam, until the lawful age of John, son and heir of Constantine de Clifton, and kinsman and heir of Adam, rendering £50 Yearly. (S) CFRs.
4/4/1368 at Boston, Margaret (1249347), late the wife of Robert de Ufford, earl of Suffolk … her dower of the tenememts formerly belonging to Thomas Kayly, knight, sometime her husband, with reversion to John son of Constantine de Clyfton, kinsman and heir of Adam de Clyfton, a minor in the king’s wardship. (S) CIsPM. [Margaret died without heirs of the bodies of herself and the said Thomas … John son of Constantine de Clifton, knight, son of Adam son of Margery (23640097), aunt of the said Thomas, aged 15 years and more, is kinsman and heir of Thomas. (S) IPM of Margaret.]
10/23/1368, Commitment to Ralph de Crombewell (5910026), ' chivaler,' of the wardship of all the lands in Boston which Margaret (1249347) late the wife of Robert de Ufford, earl of Suffolk, held in dower after the death of Thomas Kayly, knight, sometime her husband, of the inheritance of John son of Constantine de Clifton, kinsman and heir (grandson) of Adam de Clifton (11820048), a minor in the king's ward, to hold until the lawful age of the said John. (S) CFRs.
11/23/1369, Grant, during pleasure, to John de Clyfton of the office of the marshalsea of the Exchequer, taking in that office the usual fees. (S) CPRs.
5/29/1370, To James Treverbien, clerk, and John de Clyfton. In money delivered to them, for payment of the seamen’s wages payable at Dartmouth and Plymouth, going of the passage of Walter Huet and his men to Gascony, by general writ of Privy Seal. (S) Issue Roll of Thomas de Brantingham, Bishop of Exeter, Lord High Treasurer.
2/2/1371, Commission to … to buy 500 quarters of wheat in the said county … to be by them taken thence to Calais … and arrest and commit to prison until further order all who ar contrariant in the matter … John de Clyfton … in the county of Sussex … (S) CPRs.
1371-72, Expenses of John de Clifton, sent to Sandwich in the company of Thomas de Orgrave to make scrutiny of money and merchandise of divers merchants of Navarre and Spain. (S) UKNA.
By 1372, John married to Elizabeth, reuniting her part of Buckenham.
10/18/1374, Proof of age of John, son and heir of Constatine de Clifton and Katharine his wife. Essex: … says that the said heir is 21 years of age and more, having been born at Little Waltham and baptized in the [church of] St. Martin there at the feast of the Assumption, [27 Edward III]. This the deponent remembers because at Michaelmas after the birth he set out for Rome … (S) CIsPM.
10/27/1374, To escheator in Essex. Order to cause John son of Constantine de Clyfton, cousin (grandson) and heir of Adam de Clifton tenant in chief, to have seisin as well of the lands of his said grandfather as of those held in fee tail and in dower or otherwise for life of his heritage by Katherine who was wife of the said Constantine and by Margaret who was wife of Robert de Ufford late earl of Suffolk, and taken into the king's hand by their deaths; as the said John has proved his age before the escheator, and the king has taken his homage and fealty. (S) CCRs.
1375, John succeeded his father.
5/7/1376, John witnessed a grant of Richard le Skynner of Frodesham.
1376-1388, John summoned to parliament.
12/1/1376, John created 1st Lord Clifton by writ. (S) The Manors of Suffolk, 1910.
6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, son of the Black Prince, succeeded Edward III as King of England.
8/4/1377, Lord John de Clifton summoned to the 1st parliament of Richard II.
1377, John de Clyfton to settle the monors of Tpoercroft, Denton, Babingley, and Wolverton on himself, Elizabeth his wife, and his heirs, retaining the manors … (S) Lists and Indexes, V22, P600.
6/28/1380 at Bokenham castle, John de Clyfton knight to Ralph de Crumwell knight, … lease with warranty for 10 years from Michaelmas 3 Richard II, in consideration of £300 in hand paid, of the manors of Wymondham, Toppecroft and Denton. (S) CCRs.
10/22/1380, Licence, for £20 … by John de Clyfton, knight, for him to grant the castle and manor of Bokenham and the manor of Babbynglee … to Ralph de Crumwell, … to enfeoff the said John de Clyfton and Elizabeth his wife, … (S) CPRs.
1381-82, Appointment by John de Clifton of William de Snetisham as his attorney against Richard, Earl of Arundel. (S) UKNA. [Richard, earl of Arundel, had held his properties as a minor.]
4/30/1384, “Debtor: Agnes, the widow of Robert de Cromwell, knight [of Carlton, Thurgarton and Lythe Wapentake, Notts]. Creditor: John de Clifton, knight [held fee in Babingley and Sandringham, Freebridge Hundred, Norfolk, and a fee in Fundenhall, Depwade Hundred, and a fee in Cley, South Greenhoe Hundred]. Amount: £30.” (S) UKNA.
Bef. 1388, John sold/mortgaged Little Waltham to Richard de Waltham and Margaret his wife. [Likely to finance his travel to Rhodes.]
8/10/1388, John, knt. of Buckenham castle, Babingley, Denton, Hilborough, West Bradenham, Norfolk, died at Rhodes. [Also of Essex, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.]
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.
2/6/1389, Order to take of Elizabeth who was wife of John de Clyfton knight an oath etc., and to give her livery of the manor of Topcrofte which, with assent of Richard Arundell, to whom the king has committed the wardship of her husband's lands, the king has assigned to her in dower, assigning also a third part of the manor of Hunmanby co. York, a messuage called 'Grenegarth,' 2/3rds of a house called 'Ledynhalle,' a toll, 2/3rds of the perquisites of the court and 70s. 11d. of rent in St. Botolphs town co. Lincoln. (S) CCRs.
2/1/1390, Grant … to Ralph Cromwell, knight, and Elizabeth late the wife of John de Clyfton, … and from divers lands in Boston, co. Lincoln, late of the said John de Clyfton, … (S) CPRs.
Elizabeth married 2nd Walter Fitzwauter. (S) IPM, Norfolk, 6/16/1393.
9/24/1391, Elizabeth died.
5/15/1393, Writ of mandamus for John de Clyfton, knight. Sussex: Walderton. A messuage and a virgate of land, … He died on the feast of St Lawrence, 12 Richard II. Constantine his son, …, is his heir. … (S) CIsPM.
5/15/1393, Writ of Mandamus for Elizabeth late the wife of John de Clyfton, knight. York: She held the under-mentioned third part in dower of the inheritance of Constantine son and heir of the said John. Hunmanby. A third part of the manor, … Norfolk: She held the under-mentioned castle of Bokenham and manor of Babyngle for life, of the inheritance of Constantine son and heir of the said John de Clyfton, by gift and grant of Ralph de Crumbwell, knight, … manors of Hilburworth, Westbradenham and Cranewys, with the advowsons of Hilburworth and Cranewys, for life … manor of Topcroft in dower … Constantine, her son by the said John de Clyfton, is her heir, and was then aged 19 1/2 years and more. Since her death Ralph de Crumbwell, knight, has occupied the said castle and manors … Norfolk (6/16/1393): Elizabeth wife of Walter Fitzwauter held … Lincoln: … (S) CIsPM.
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.
(S) Plantagenet Ancestry, P495.
Children of John and Elizabeth:
i. Constantine Clifton (1477506), born 1373 in Lincolnshire, England.
ii. Katherine Clifton, born ? in England.
Katherine married Ralph Green.
Katherine married 2nd Sir Simon Felbrigg.