Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Percy Robert Clifton, formerly Bruce (1872-1944)

Percy was the younger twin son of Sir Hervey Juckes Lloyd Bruce, 4th Baronet, of Downhill, co. Londonderry, and his wife Ellen. He was educated at Eton. His father came into possession of the Clifton estates in 1896, and Clifton Hall became the principal family home.

Percy was a Major in the Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry in 1908. He served in the First World War, fighting at Gallipoli in 1915, and received the Distinguished Service Award in 1916. In 1917 he worked as Assistant Director of Railways and attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

On his father's death in 1919, Percy's elder brother Hervey Ronald Bruce succeeded to the baronetcy and inherited the Downhill estates. Percy inherited the Clifton estates in Nottinghamshire, and took the surname and arms of Clifton.

He was a Lieutenant-Colonel in Territorial Army Reserves from 1920 to 1921, served as a Justice of the Peace for Nottinghamshire from 1922 and as Deputy Lieutenant from 1925, and was High Sheriff in 1929.

He was prominent in many local committees and organisations:

  • Soldier's, Sailor's and Airmen's Family Association, as honorary secretary and treasurer
  • Territorial Army and the Air Force Association's Social Welfare Committee
  • Chairman of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire R.S.P.C.A. and the Colwick Racecourse Company
  • District Commissioner in the Boy Scout Movement

He was also associated with Ellerslie House Home for disabled ex-servicemen, and chairman of the board of Coppice Hospital in Nottingham.


He married in 1898 Aletheia Georgina (d 1904), daughter of the Rt Hon. Sir Richard Paget, 1st Baronet, and had:

  • Gervase Ronald (1899-1914), Midshipman in the Royal Navy, killed in action
  • Marjorie Sheila (1903-), m 1930 Gerald, 3rd Baron Crawshaw

He married 2ndly, in 1909, Evelyn Mary Amelia, daughter of Major Thomas Leith of Petmathen, co. Aberdeen, and had:

Archive Collections

  • Title deeds, settlements, estate and legal papers relating to Percy Robert 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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