He was educated at Haileybury College and Magdalen College, Oxford.
Clive married the Honorary Magdalen, daughter of Kenneth Muir Mackenzie, 1st Baron Muir-Mackenzie, in 1905. Clive entered the Diplomatic Service in 1902.
He was General-Consul for Bavaria between 1923 and 1924 and for Morocco between 1924 and 1926 and Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Persia between 1926 and 1931 and to the Holy See between 1933 and 1934.
In 1935 he was appointed British Ambassador to Japan, a post he held until 1937. Clive served as British Ambassador to Belgium between 1937 and 1939.
Clive was sworn of the Privy Council in 1934 and appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Street Michael and Street George in 1937. He retired from the Diplomatic Service in 1939.
Clive died in May 1948, aged 70.
Lady Clive died in October 1971, aged 87.