Born: ABT 1492, Skipton, Yorkshire, England
Died: Aug 1550/1, Farnham, Surrey, England
Buried: 1 Sep 1550/1, Farnham, Surrey, England
Married: Nov 1513, Skipton, Yorkshire, England
Mabel Clifford was one of the daughters of Henry, 10th baron Clifford and Anne St. John, daughter of Sir John St. John of Bletsoe and cousin to Henry VII. Her brother Henry became first earl of Cumberland in 1525.
In Nov 1513, she married William Fitzwilliam, a gentleman usher, younger son in a cadet branch of a relatively undistinguished Yorkshire family. .attended the wedding and gave the bride a manor in Staffordshire and an annuity of £100. She was at court as a lady in waiting to
On 12 Nov 1537 Mabel was in the first Chariot at Queen
Jane’s Funeral Procession, with
Mary Arundell, Countess of
Sussex ; Frances Brandon, Marchioness of Dorset
; Frances Brandon, Marchioness of Dorset; Eleanor Paston, Countess of Rutland; Cecily Daubeney, Countess of Bath; Lady Margaret Douglas and Elizabeth Scrope, Countess of Oxford.
She was named an executor of her husband’s will in 1542 and specifically charged with continuing the annuity of £100 to his niece, Mabel Browne. He left each of his wife’s gentlewomen £6 13s. 4d. “over and besides” two year’s wages.
The lands of William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton which included, besides such further Sussex property as the manor of Midhurst, some 4,600 acres in Hampshire, were to pass to his half-brother .on the death of the widow, Mabel Clifford. Although died before the Countess, he had already come into possession of at least one of these estates, Cowdray, which was to become the family seat
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