Christening of Harry de Vere Clifton, 1908
The Duke of Norfolk has been the guest of Mr. and Mrs. John Talbot Clifton, at
Lytham Hall, Lancashire, for the christening of Mr. Clifton's son and heir, the Duke and Lady
Bellingham being among the god-parents.
The Cliftons are a very old north country family. One was a member for the
county of Lancaster five hundred and more years ago, and among the muniments of the family is a
deed of gift of the time of William Rufus, by which a certain manor is granted to Sir William de
Clifton. The late Lord Donington was a Clifton.
He and his younger brother, Mr. Augustus Wykeham Clifton, of Warton Hall,
Lancashire, married the daughters and co-heiresses of the second Marquis of Hastings, who were in
their own right the Countess of Loudon and Lady Grey de Ruthyn. The former was married to Mr. C. F.
Clifton, who was afterwards created Lord Donington, and the latter to Mr A. W Clifton, whose eldest
son is the present Lord Grey de Ruthyn.
Mr. J. T. Clifton, of Clifton and Lytham Hall, is the head of this ancient
family. He succeeded his grandfather, the late Colonel J. T. Clifton, in the family estates just
twenty-six years ago, his father, the late Mr. T. H. Clifton, of Ashton Park, Preston, having died
two years previously.
Two of his brothers served In the late campaign in South Africa, and one of his
brothers-in-law, Major Cumming- Bruce, Lord Thurlow's eldest son, was killed at Magersfontein.
Clifton Society (Bristol) - Thursday 16 April 1908
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Violet Clifton and Henry (Harry) Clifton in 1908.