Richard de Brionne Fitzgilbert de Clare First Earl de Clare 1974,1975,1976
- Born: 1035, Bienfaite, Normandy, France 1974,1975
- Marriage (1): Rohese Giffard in 1054 in St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, England 1974
- Died: 1090, St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, England at age 55 1974,1975
- Buried: 1091, St. Neot's Priory 1974,1975
Noted events in his life were:
• Norman Conquest, 1066. 1974,1975 Richard came into England with his kinsman William the Conqueror, and received from him great advancement in honour and possessions. He was rewarded with 176 lordships and large grants of land in England, including the right to build the castles of Clare and of Tonbridge . Richard fitz Gilbert received the lordship of Clare, in Suffolk , where parts of the wall of Clare Castle still stand.
• Lands: England. 1977 Domesday Book records Richard as the eighth richest landowner in England, with lands centered on two locations - lands in Kent and Surrey grouped around Tonbridge and lands in Essex and Suffolk grouped around Clare .
• Rebellion. 1974,1975 On the Conqueror's death, Richard and other great Norman barons led a rebellion against the rule of William Rufus in order to place Robert Curthose on the throne. However, most Normans in England remained loyal. William Rufus and his army successfully attacked the rebel strongholds at Tonbridge, Pevensey> and Rochester.
Richard married Rohese Giffard, daughter of Walter Giffard Lord of Lonqueville, Normandy and Ermengarde de Flaitel, in 1054 in St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, England.1974 (Rohese Giffard was born on 13 Apr 1034 in Longueville, Normandy, France 1974,1978 and died in 1117 in Warwick Parish, Berkshire, England 1979.)