Brasses of Roger and Mary (Nansiglos) Gifford, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England, Church of All Saints
The brasses date from the 16th Century and were originally in the floor of the chancel. They are now on the wall of the chancel.The alabaster tomb in front is of the wife of son, George.
Inscription over Chancel Door of All Saints Church
The chancel of All Saints Church, on the property of the Claydon House, was rebuilt by Roger and Mary Gifford. The inscription was in Latin and is dated 1519.
Claydon House-Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England
This histoic manor house is on the same property as the church where the Gifford brasses are. The Giffords leased this monor and rebuilt the chancel of the church. (see additional photos)
Detail from the brass of Sir Roger Gifford. The brass is wonderfully well preserved, with fine detail of Sir Roger's costume and his features.
Huge brass - 1542 Roger and Mary Gyfford (nee Nansegles) who built the chancel in 1519 shown with their 20 children. Tjeor grand-daughter Lettice has a monument here with her husband Urian Verney. The Gifford arms - 3 lions t, impaling a cheveron between 3 lapwings with 3 stars on the cheveron has survived top left.
On 24 February 1524 (1523/24?) Roger Gifford was commissioner of the peace in co. Bucks, and on 1 April 1524 he was a collector of the subsidy for the French War (Letters Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII). In 1495 he leased the manor of Middle Claydon of the Verney family for ninety-nine years. In his will, dated 24 September 1538, he mentions his wife Mary, his sons John (eldest son), George (second son), Rauffe (third son), William (fourth son), and Nycholas (youngest son), and provides for the occupation of the manor of Middle Claydon by his sons.
New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. LXXV and Vol. 74, pg. 279
English Origins of New England Families, pg. 464-465
Memoirs of the Verney Family - F. Verney, 1970, Vol I, pg. 22 etc.
The brasses of Roger and Mary Gifford in the Middle Claydon Church show that they had 13 sons and 7 daughters. I have information on only some of these.
We, (Herbert (Jerry) and Annette Carroll), made rubbings of these memorial brasses in the summer of 1988 and have them stored in our home. We also have photographs of this taken on our trip to England. (See Scrapbook for this ancestor.)
THE WILL OF ROGER GYFFORDE of Mydle Cleydon, county Bucks, Esq., dated 24 September 1538. To be buried in the parish church of All Saints in Mydle Cleydon, with appurtenances, in the county of Bucks, of Raufe Verney of Penley in the county of Hertford, Esq., by his deed dated 14 November, 27 Henry VIII (1535), for the term of ninety-five years yet to come, which lease I purchased for the living of Mary, my wife, if she overlive me, and for my own natural sons, I will and bequeath said lease to George Gyfforde, my second son, to John Gyfforde, my eldest son, to Rauffe Gyfforde, my third son, to William Gyfforde, my fourth son, and to NYCHOLAS GYFFORDE, my youngest son, provided that the manner of occupation of said manor shall be observed as herein expressed: my son George solely to have the occupation of said farm for the term of forty-one years; but if said George die during the forty-one years, said grant is then to cease.
Said George is to pay all rents and charges due by virtue of said lease, during his occupation thereof, and is also to pay my said son John Gyfforde during his occupation of said lease, at the two usual terms of the year, L20 yearly, and if said John die, said George shall pay L20 yearly, equally divided among his brethren. After the decease of said George, said John Gyfforde shall have the occupation of said farm of Cleydon during the term of forty-one years; or if said George's term of forty-one years expires, said John shall hold the lease for forty-one years; and for lack of him the next brother in age, and so the remainder to follow to my other sons until the last of my said sons; and whenmy last son surviving shall die, then any years remaining shall be granted by him to the heir male of my eldest son John, to have and to hold to him, his heirs and assigns, the residue of years yet to come. All other leases I will to my son George Gyfforde, to be ordered in like manner as the lease of the aforesaid manor of Cleydon. If I have not, at the time of my decease, paid the L100 I promised my son NYCLOLAS GYFFORDE, the my executors shall pay said Nycholas L100 within one year of my decease. My said son George shall give to my said wife MARY the annuity of 100 marks (?) and meat and drink for her and her maid. To my son John Gyfforde L100. I forgive my son George his debt of L220, he paying within thirteen months after my death to my son William Gyfforde L40 and to my son NYCHOLAS L40. I freely forgive my son Rauffe Gyfforde the L35 he oweth me. Residuary legatee: my wife, MARY.
I set my seal to this my last will and testament this 28 April, 34 Henry VIII(1542).
(Signed) 2 December, 24 Henry VIII (1542), my mother Mary Gyfforde, William Smythe, John Mason, and Elyn Gyfforde being then present on the Saturday in the morning per me, George Gyfford as commanded by my father, the said Roger, on the day and year last stated. Proved 8 February 1543/4 by Robert Alen, notary public, proctor for the relict, John Gyfford, George Gyfford, Rafe Gyfford,William Gyfford and NICHOLAS GYFFORD, the executors named, etc. (P.C.C. Pynnyng, 2.) (For longer abstract of this will se N.E. His. and Gen. Register, Vol. 71, pgs. 170-171).