Bogo de Clare

Bogo[1] de Clare (21 July 1248 – October 1294) was a member of the Anglo-Norman de Clare family, as third son of Richard de Clare (1222–1262), 5th Earl of Hertford and 6th Earl of Gloucester. He was the brother of Gilbert and Thomas.


Bogo de Clare held multiple clerical livings, perhaps over 30, yet despite a 1283 order from William de Wickwane, Archbishop of York (died 1285), there is no evidence that he was ever ordained priest. Some years before his death he became the owner of Tregrug Castle, near the village of Llangybi, in Monmouthshire.[2]

He "died suddenly in October 1294, his passing noticed by several chroniclers, always unfavourably. The Worcester annalist commented that 'God only knows if his life was worthy of praise, but no-one thought it worthy of imitation' (Ann. mon., 4.517)."[3]


  1. ^ Perhaps a Latin equivalent to Bevis. Archaeologia, Vol. 70, 1920, pp. 1–56. M. S. Giuseppi: I.—The Wardrobe and Household Accounts of Bogo de Clare, A. D., 1284–6. Published 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  2. ^ Cambrian Archaeological Association (1936). "Llangibby Castle". Archaeologia Cambrensis. W. Pickering. 91: 375.
  3. ^ Summerson, Henry, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Clare, Bogo de (1248–1294), ecclesiastic and figure of scandal, Oxford: Oxford University Press, archived from the original on 2 December 2012, retrieved 25 January 2011