Geoffrey de Clinton Chamberlain of Henry I
- Born: St Pierre-de-Semily, St Lo, Manche, Normandy, France
- Marriage: Lescelina 160
- Died: After 1130, Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, England
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Geoffrey de Clinton married Lescelina.
• Background Information. 160
Norman de Verdun, son of Domesday Tenant, Bertram de Verdun, was living 1120-1153. He married Lescelina de Clinton, daughter of Geoffrey I de Clinton, by Lescelina [Keats-Fohan, Domesday Desc. II: 403-494, 755]
~Weis' Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700, 8th Edition, 70A:25-27
• Background Information. 902
Geoffrey de Clinton, chamberlain and treasurer to Henry I, appears to have been the founder of the great Clinton family. He was alive in 1130, and was probably the creator of his own fortunes, although attempts have been made to show that he was descended from William de Tankerville, chamberlain of Normandy [Dugdale, Baronage, i. 528). His name seems to occur for the first time in a charter of Henry I to Westminster Abbey-a document that cannot, from the names of the co-signatories, be dated later that 1123 [Monast. Anglic. i. 308]. Foss assigns it to 1121 or 1122. Probably before 1126 Clinton founded the Benedictine priory of Kenilworth; his second charter to this establishment is witnessed by Simon, bishop of Worcester, who was consecrated in 1125 [Stubbs, Reg. Sacr.] In the charters to Kenilworth Clinton styles himelf respectively as chamberlain and treasurer to Henry I. In the 'Pipe Roll' of 30-1 Henry I he is found holding pleas in no less than eighteen counties, and appears to have still retained the treasurership [Pipe Roll, 30-1 Hen. I; Foss]. About the same time (Easter 1130) we read that he was unjustly accused of treason, and was brought to trial at Woodstock. On this occasion David I, king of Scotland, sat in judgement as an English peer [Ord. Vit. viii. c. 22].
There does not seem to be any satisfactory evidence as to the date of Clinton's death. According to Madox, a Geoffrey de Clinton was a baron of the exchequer in Stephen's reign; but there is nothing to show whether this was our Geoffrey or his son. The direct descendants of Clinton (in the male line) seem to have become extinct in the reign of Henry III (Dugdale). From his nephew, Osbert, were descended the Earls of Lincoln in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Earl Clinton of the eighteenth, and the Duke of Newcastle in the nineteenth century (Nicoles). Clinton himself is included by Orderic Vitalis among the number of those 'men of ignoble stock' whom Henry I, 'so to speak, lifted up from the dust and exalted above earls and burghers.' As his name appears first on this list, it would seem that the historian intended the full force of his remarks to apply to Geoffrey, even to the charges of unjustly gotten wealth and oppression [Ord. Vit. xi. c. 1]. A second nephew, Robert, was ordained priest (21 Dec. 1129 A.D.) and next day consecrated bishop of the Mecians. He died in 1148 at Antioch.
~ Thomas Andrew Archer, Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. IV, pp. 549-500
[Sources given by author: Dugdale's Baronage, i. 528-9; Nicolas's Historic Peerage, ed. Courthope; Orderic Vitalis ap. Migne's Cursus Patrologić, clxxxviii. 622, 789, 896; Henry of Huntingdon, ed. Arnold (Rolls Series), p. 252; Annals of Waverly in Luard's Annales Monastici (Rolls Series), ii. 222; Foss's Judges of England, i. 109, &c.; Hunter's Pipe Roll, 30-1 Henry I; Dugdale's Monasticon Anglicanum (ed. 1817-46), i. 308, vi. 152, 219, &c.; Madox's History of the Exchequer, i. 58, 59, ii. 312.]
Geoffrey married Lescelina.160