FRIDAY KNIGHTS - Sir Roger de Clifford (? - 1286)

The arms of Sir Roger de Clifford

The arms of Sir Roger de Clifford

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Keen local historian Jon Gunson has compiled this series entitled Friday Knight - knights who fought at the Battle of Lewes - giving each a brief biography.

The Clifford family paid a high price for Edward I’s territorial ambitions. Roger the Elder fought for King Henry at Lewes and Evesham. Under Edward he became Constable of Hawarden Castle and was captured, when it fell. He was still a prisoner when the Welsh spearmen came upon a small and overconfident English army beside the Menai Straits, and cut them to pieces. His son, also Roger, drowned while trying to escape - like poor Fulk, at Lewes.