Francis Clifford, 4th Earl of Cumberland
He was the second son of Henry Clifford, 2nd Earl of Cumberland and Anne Dacre and inherited his title and estates on the death of his brother George, who had willed them to him in place of his daughter Anne. A long lawsuit between them over the possession of the family estates was settled in 1617.
He was elected Member of Parliament for Westmorland in 1584 and 1586 and for Yorkshire in 1604. He was appointed Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1600, constable of Knaresborough castle in 1604 and keeper of Carlisle castle in 1605. He was Custos Rotulorum of Cumberland from 1605 to 1639 and joint Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland (1607–1639), Westmorland (1607–1641) and Newcastle and a member of the Council of the North in 1619.
He married Grisold Hughes, daughter of Thomas Hughes and Elizabeth Dwnn (or Don), daughter of Sir Griffith Dwnn (or Don) and Elizabeth Roche-Eden, circa March 1589.
Children of Francis Clifford, 4th Earl of Cumberland and Grisold Hughes:
- Lady Frances Clifford, married Sir Gervase Clifton, 1st Baronet
- Lady Margaret Clifford (died 1622) married Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford.
- Henry Clifford, 5th Earl of Cumberland b. 28 Feb 1591/92, d. 11 Dec 1643
He died on 21 January 1640/41.
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Cumberland, Dukes and Earls of". Encyclopædia Britannica. 7 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 620.
- "CLIFFORD, Francis (1559–1641), of Skipton Castle, Yorks.". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 2012-04-12.