The de Clare Society
|The de Clare Society|
The Coat of Arms Universally Associated with House de Clare
(Remember the Dead)
|Eligibility||Someone who descended from a Medieval de Clare|
|Criteria||Genealogical evidence tracing back to a medieval de Clare from any lineage|
|Founder||Natalie de Clare|
|Mistress of Clare||Natalie de Clare|
|Chair Lady||Isabella Krivulka|
Natalie de Clare's Coat of Arms.
The de Clare Society is a hereditary society that was founded in order to honor the contributions the medieval de Clare Family had on western society. The de Clare family played a significant role in the medieval world from Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, France, Normandy, and various other areas even before the formation of the Noble House of Clare in the 11th century. In France and Normandy predecessors to House de Clare played important roles in both government and social life. The de Clare Society was founded to bring together the scattered descendants and their kindred to renew old ties that - in part due to the pace of modern life - are in danger of breaking and disappearing forever. It sets out to preserve the records of House de Clare, its manuscripts, history and still living traditions. The ties of DNA, blood and family tradition count more than the national and political differences, which inevitably divide us and destroyed the Medieval de Clare family.
The de Clare Society
The de Clare Society is a hereditary organisation which is controlled and managed by House de Clare and its current members. Recruitment is currently solely through word of mouth so feel free to send links to this website and on Facebook and tell anyone who may be a proven descendant. We welcome support, ideas and new initiatives from existing and recent members alike. As with any organisation or activity of this type, one tends to get out as much as one puts in. We are the cumulative effect of our ancestors and; well, these ancestors have quite the tales to tell.
Membership Eligibility Requirements
Anyone with the surname that originated from a de Clare or descended from a medieval de Clare is eligible to join. Known variations of the de Clare family name include Clair, Clare, Clere, O'Clear, O'Clair and various others. The easiest method is by simple genealogical proofs linking the prospective applicant to any Medieval de Clare family member. A faster and easier method is to compare and analyze your DNA against someone who has proven lineages to the Medieval de Clare family. This can be done at GEDmatch which is free to register and free to upload your DNA. Once that is done they will assign you a "kit" number which can be used to compare your DNA to someone with proven genealogical proofs to a Medieval de Clare family member. Be advised that genealogical proofs may show a link and DNA may not due to the limited DNA database of proven legitimate members. Even so, a link to the GEDmatch website is at the end of this page.
Membership Fees and Benefits
Membership fees are €22 Euros (plus additional international postage fees) or $25 USD and then €17 Euros or $20 USD annually. So what will members get?
- The de Clare Society Newsletter published 4 times a year starting 01 January 2020
- Roll of Arms Newsletter published mid-summer each year
- Networking opportunities
- Annual de Clare society gatherings (once membership proves over 200)
- Certificate of Belonging suitable for framing
- Publication of your Coat of Arms (if you have one) in the annual Roll of Arms Newsletter starting mid-summer 2020 and on this website
- Certificate of Registration of your Coat of Arms in the de Clare Society Roll of Arms
- Guidance on how to have a Coat of Arms designed or Granted to you
Honorary Memberships for Non-Descendants
There is limited honorary memberships available to those with an interest in House de Clare, but who are not descended from a Medieval de Clare family member. The number of honorary members is limited and once that number has been reached there will be no more Honorary memberships. These people must have a significant connection with House de Clare and/or its junior branches in some meaningful way at any point in history from 1066 to present day. These members receive a Certificate of Honorary Membership instead of a Certificate of Belonging. Their Coat of Arms registration is not included in their membership fees and they must pay an extra fee for that service.
The de Clare Society Roll of Arms
The Roll of Arms is included in Lady Markland's estate which will pay to have the website available for the next 200 years. A hard copy is also recorded for each entry and eventually will be included in a book available for purchase in the same fashion other repositories publish annual books of Armorial Bearings. All registered Coat of Arm's will be automatically included. Any Coat of Arms published must be officially granted, confirmed, or inherited and must follow the established rules of Heraldry. Assumed Coat of Arms are on a case by case basis and must adhere to the established rules of Heraldry and will be evaluated by a Heraldic Scholar & Artist.
The de Clare Society Events
"The de Clare Society Newsletter" is the official publication of the Society and it is published quarterly and circulated to members. This periodical is not available to the general public and is a member only product. There is also a de Clare Society Roll of Arms Newsletter which publishes Member's Coat of Arms and is available annually mid-summer.
De Clare Titles and Lands
The Feudal Honor of Clare (also known as the Clare Barony) was composed of 170 Manorial Lordships, 95 of them in Suffolk, England. Three large Earldoms are associated with House de Clare those being the Earldom of Hertford, Gloucester, and Pembroke. There were also Marcher Lordships which included the largest and most powerful Lordship of Glamorgan as well as smaller ones in Stirguil and Cardigan. Aside from the Clare Barony, there were a vast number of minor baronies and lordships held by the family. In the Kingdom of France and the Duchy of Normandy they were the Counts of Eu and of Brionne as well as Barons of Bienfaite and Orbect including various other lands as Lords of the Manor. They married Princes and Princesses in England and Ireland and left a legacy all but forgotten with the passage of time.