Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Henry Robert Clifton, formerly Markham (1832-1896)

Henry was the only son of the Rev. Henry Spencer Markham (1805-1844), Rector of Clifton and Prebendary of York, and his wife Sophia Charlotte. His grandparents were Frances Clifton, daughter of Sir Gervase Clifton, 6th Baronet, and her husband the Venerable Robert Markham, Archdeacon of York. Henry was born at Clifton, where his father rebuilt the Rectory.

Henry was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford. He succeeded his cousin, Sir Robert Juckes Clifton, 9th Baronet, to the Clifton estate in Nottinghamshire in 1869. In the same year he assumed the surname and arms of Clifton in place of Markham by Royal Licence.

He served as a Justice of the Peace for Nottinghamshire, and was High Sheriff in 1875. Henry Clifton made improvements to the house and grounds at Clifton Hall, including the erection of a large conservatory.

The Clifton estates passed after his death to his second cousin, Sir Hervey Juckes Lloyd Bruce, 4th Baronet.


He married in 1860 Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. William MacBean, Rector of St Peter Tavy, Devon. They had no children.

Archive Collections

  • Title deeds, settlements, estate and legal papers relating to Henry Clifton's ownership of his estates are part of the Clifton collection held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham



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