Category:De Clare family

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The Coat of Arms universally associated with the de Clare family.

The de Clare family were one of the illegitimate lines from the House of Normandy. It was Gilbert de Brionne, 2nd Count of Eu who went on to inadvertently, through his own murder, to be instrumental in founding House de Clare. Had Gilbert de Brionne not been murder House de Clare would most likely be known to history as the House de Brionne. House de Clare would eventually splinter into three cadet branches in Ireland, Dunnow, and much later on in Denmark. The last male de Clare died in 1314 at the Battle of Bannockburn and the last female from this lineage still bearing the de Clare name died in 1360. Despite the wealth and importance of the de Clare family in the medieval period, little remains to be seen of the family today but various ruins and nuances of their prior wealth and power; certainly the surname no longer remains an especially common one, as the last surviving de Clares were all daughters.

However, illegitimate children were not uncommon amongst the nobility during the medieval period, so many links to unrelated family names may exist unknown even today. The family castle from which they took their name remains in the form of a ruin in Suffolk; the priory they built in St Neots now lies underneath a car park and a newsagents. The strongest links to the family still to be seen are probably Caerphilly Castle - a majestic ruin in south Wales, Clare College and Clare Bridge in Cambridge; the bridge was built in 1639-40, but was named in remembrance of the Lady who saved the College from closure 300 years before. Natalie de Clare is the only known living legitimate nobility in the world today who refers to her small family as House de Clare. Even her Coat of Arms incorporates elements of the Medieval de Clare Coat of Arms from which she descends. Intriguingly, almost every single lineage from both sides of her family go back to a Medieval de Clare family member.

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