Robert Windsor-Clive (MP)

The Honourable Robert Windsor-Clive (24 May 1824 – 4 August 1859)[1] was a British Conservative Party politician.


Windsor-Clive was the eldest son of the Honourable Robert Clive, grandson of Edward Clive, 1st Earl of Powis, and great-grandson of Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive ("Clive of India"). His mother was Lady Harriett Windsor, daughter of Other Windsor, 5th Earl of Plymouth. He was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge.[2] In 1855 the barony of Windsor was called out of abeyance in favour of his mother, who became the thirteenth Baroness Windsor in her own right. His younger brother the Honourable George Windsor-Clive was also a politician.


Windsor-Clive entered Parliament for Ludlow at the 1852 general election,[3] a seat he held until his resignation in January 1854[4] to contest a vacancy in Shropshire South. He was elected unopposed, and held the seat until his early death five years later.[5]

He was commissioned Captain in the Worcestershire Yeomary in 1848, then succeeded his father in command as Lieutenant-Colonel in 1854, serving until his death.[6]


Windsor-Clive married Lady Mary Selina Louisa Bridgeman, daughter of George Bridgeman, 2nd Earl of Bradford, in 1852. They had one son and three daughters. He died at 53 Lower Grosvenor Street, London,[2] in August 1859, aged 35, and was buried at Bromfield Parish Church, near Ludlow.[6] Lady Mary remained a widow until her death in July 1889. Their son Robert succeeded his grandmother as Baron Windsor in 1869. In 1905 the earldom of Plymouth was revived in his favour.


  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 4)
  2. 1 2 "Clive, Robert (CLV842R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 193. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  4. Department of Information Services (9 June 2009). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  5. Craig, op. cit., page 448
  6. 1 2 The Complete Peerage, Volume XII, Part II. St Catherine's Press. 1959. p. 801.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Bayley Clive
Henry Salwey
Member of Parliament for Ludlow
With: Lord William Powlett
Succeeded by
Lord William Powlett
Hon. Percy Egerton Herbert
Preceded by
Hon. Robert Clive
Viscount Newport
Member of Parliament for Shropshire South
With: Viscount Newport
Succeeded by
Viscount Newport
Sir Baldwin Leighton, Bt

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