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Kildare, Earl of (I, 1316)

 

Creation: let.pat. 14 May 1316

 

Family name: FitzGerald

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Arms:

See Duke of Leinster

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John FitzThomas [FitzGerald], 5th Baron of Offaly later 1st Earl of Kildare

son and heir of Thomas FitzMaurice FitzGerald, of Banada, co. Sligo, by his wife Rohesia de St Michael, dau. of Richard de St Michael, feudal Baron of Reban

born

 

mar.

Blanche Roche, dau. of John Roche, Baron of Fermoy

children

1. Gerald FitzJohn FitzGerald (dvp. young 1303)

2. John FitzJohn FitzGerald (dvp. after 1303)

3. Thomas FitzJohn FitzGerald, later 2nd Earl of Kildare

1. Lady Joan FitzGerald, mar. James Butler, Hereditary Chief Butler of Ireland, and had issue

2. Lady Elizabeth FitzGerald, mar. Sir Thomas Netterville

died

12 Sep 1316 (bur. in the Church of the Friars Minor at Kildare)

created

14 May 1316 Earl of Kildare

suc. by

son

note

 

 

Thomas FitzJohn [FitzGerald], 2nd Earl of Kildare

born

mar.

16 Aug 1312 Lady Joan de Burgh (mar. 3 Jul 1329 John [Darcy], 1st Baron Darcy de Knayth, Justiciar of Ireland; d. 23 Apr 1359; bur. beside her first husband in the Church of the Friars Minor at Kildare), 4th dau. of Richard [de Burgh], 2nd Earl of Ulster, by his wife Margaret de Burgh, dau. of Sir John de Burgh, of Lanvalry

children

1. John FitzThomas FitzGerald (b. 1314; dvp. 1323)

2. Richard FitzThomas FitzGerald, later 3rd Earl of Kildare

3. Maurice FitzThomas FitzGerald, later 4th Earl of Kildare

1. Lady Emily FitzGerald, mar. Gerald Dillon, of Drumrany, and had issue

died

5 Apr 1328 (bur. in the Church of the Friars Minor at Kildare)

suc. by

son

note

 

Richard FitzThomas [FitzGerald], 3rd Earl of Kildare

born

c. 1319

died

7 Jul 1331

suc. by

brother

note

 

Maurice FitzThomas [FitzGerald], 4th Earl of Kildare

born

mar.

1347 Elizabeth de Burghersh, 2nd dau. of Bartholomew [de Burghersh], 1st Baron Burghersh, by his wife Elizabeth de Verdon, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Theobald [de Verdon], 2nd and 1st Baron Verdon, by his first wife Maud de Mortimer, dau. of Edmund [de Mortimer], 1st Baron Mortimer

children

1. Gerald FitzMaurice FitzGerald, later 5th Earl of Kildare

2. John FitzGerald, later 6th Earl of Kildare

died

1390 (bur. at Holy Trinity (now Christ Church Cathedral), Dublin)

suc. by

son

note

 

Gerald FitzMaurice [FitzGerald], 5th Earl of Kildare

born

mar. (1) (sic?)

c. 1381 Margaret Rochfort, dau .and hrss. of Sir John Rochfort, of Tobemea, co. Limerick

only child by first wife (sic?)

1. (illeg?) Richard FitzGerald, of Ballysonan, co. Kildare, mar. Julia Wellesley (widow of Richard Wellesley), dau. of Nicholas de Castlemartin, and had issue

mar. (2)

bef. 18 Nov 1397 Agnes Darcy (d. 29 Sep 1439)

only child by second wife

1. Lady Joan FitzGerald (b. c. 1398; dsp. 6 Aug 1452), mar. (1) John [Grey], 5th Baron Grey of Codnor, and (2) as his second wife James [Buitler], 4th Earl of Ormonde

died

s.p.m.s. legit. 11 Dec 1432

suc. by

brother

note

 

John [FitzGerald], 6th Earl of Kildare

born

mar.

Margaret de la Herne

only child

1. Thomas FitzMaurice FitzGerald, later 7th Earl of Kildare

died

17 Oct 1427

suc. by

son

note

 

Thomas FitzMaurice [FitzGerald], 7th Earl of Kildare

born

mar.

Lady Joan FitzGerald (d. 1486; bur. in Adare Monastery), 1st dau. of James [FitzGerald], 6th Earl of Desmond, by his wife Mary de Burgh, dau. of Ulick de Burgh, of Clanricarde

children

1. Gerald FitzMaurice FitzGerald, later 8th Earl of Kildare

2. Sir Thomas FitzMaurice FitzGerald, of Lackagh, co. Kildare, Lord Chancellor of Ireland 1484, ancestor of the FitzGeralds of Lackagh, Kilrush and Narraghbeg-in-Kildare

3. James FitzMaurice FitzGerald, ancestor of the FitzGeralds of Mullaghmast, Kilmeed and Birtown-in-Kildare

4. Maurice FitzMaurice FitzGerald, ancestor of the FitzGeralds of Thomastown and Cahirass-in-Limerick

1. Lady Eleanor FitzGerald, mar. Con More O'Neill (d. 1493), and had issue

2. Lady Anne FitzGerald

died

25 Mar 1477 (bur. in All Hallows', Dublin)

suc. by

son

note

 

Gerald FitzMaurice [FitzGerald], 8th Earl of Kildare, KG

born

after Jan 1455/6

mar. (1)

c. 1470 Alison FitzEustace (d. 22 Nov 1495; bur. in the Grey Abbey of Kilcullen), dau. and cohrss. of Rowland [FitzEustace], 1st Baron of Portlester, by his wife Joan Plunket (widow of Christopher [Plunket], 1st Baron Killeen)

children by first wife

1. Hon Gerald FitzGerald, later 9th Earl of Kildare

1. Lady Eleanor FitzGeraldm nar. (1) Donald MacCarthy Reagh, Chief of Carbery, and (2) Calvagh O'Donnell, Lord of Tyrconnell

2. Lady Margaret FitzGerald, "the Great Countess" (d. 9 Aug 1542; bur. with her husband in the Church of St Canice, Kilkenny), mar. c. 1485 Piers [Butler], 8th Earl of Ormonde later 1st Earl of Ossory, and had issue

3. Lady Elizabeth FitzGerald, mar. as his first wife Christopher [Fleming], 8th Baron Slane, and had issue

4. Lady Alice FitzGerald, mar. as his first wife her cousin Con Bacagh [O'Neill], 1st Earl of Tyrone, and had issue

5. Lady Eustacia FitzGerald, mar. Ulick MacWilliam Burke, Lord of Clanricarde (d. 1541)

6. Lady Joan FitzGerald

mar. (2)

1496 Elizabeth St John (mar. (2) as his first wife Sir John Wallop KG (dsp. 7 Jul 1551); d. 28 Jun 1516), dau. of Sir Oliver St John, of Lydiard Tregoze, co. Wiltshire, by his wife Elizabeth Scrope, 2nd dau. of Henry [Scrope], 4th Baron Scrope of Bolton

children by second wife

2. Hon Henry FitzGerald (d. young 2 Jul 1516)

3. Hon Thomas FitzGerald (d. 1530), mar., and had issue:

1a. Isabel FitzGerald, mar. Richard [Nugent], 1st Baron Delvin, and had issue

4. Hon Sir James FitzGerald, of Leixlip, mar. (1) Margaret D'Arcy, dau. of Sir William D'Arcy, of Platten, co. Meath, Vice Treasurer of Ireland, and (2) ..... FitzGibbon, dau. of Sir John FitzGibbon, the White Knight, and had issue by his second wife

5. Hon Oliver FitzGerald, of Killeigh, King's County, mar. Maeve O'Conor, dau. of Cahir O'Conor Dailghe, and was the ancestor of the FitzGeralds of Balloagh and Fortinure

6. Hon Richard FitzGerald (dsp.), mar. Maud Marward (widow of Sir Thomas Cusack, of Lismullen, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and (2) James Marward, of Skreen), dau. of George D'Arcy, of Platten, co. Meath, b y his wife Jane McRiccard, dau. of Tuite McRiccard, of Sonna

7. Hon Sir John FitzGerald

8. Hon Walter FitzGerald, mar. Hon Elizabeth Plunkett, dau. of Robert [Plunkett], 5th Baron Dunsany, by his first wife Eleanor D'Arcy, dau. of Sir William D'Arcy, of Platten, co. Meath, and was ancestor of the FitzGeralds of Glassealy in Limerick

died

3 Sep 1513 (bur. at Christ Church, Dublin)

suc. by

son by first wife

note

called "Gerald Mor" or "The Great Earl"; he had an illlegitimate daughter, Catherine FitzGerald, who married Peter Talbot, of Malahide, co. Dublin

 

Gerald [FitzGerald], 9th Earl of Kildare

born

1487

mar. (1)

1503 Elizabeth Zouche (d. 6 Oct 1517; bur. in the Grey Abbey of Kilcullen), dau. of Sir John Zouche, of Codnor, co. Derby, by his wife Elizabeth St John, dau. of Sir John St John, of Bletso, co. Bedford

children by first wife

1. Hon Thomas FitzGerald, later 10th Earl of Kildare

1. Lady Catherine FitzGerald, mar. as his first wife Jenico [Preston], 3rd Viscount Gormanston, and had issue

2. Lady Alice FitzGerald (dsp. after 1 May 1540), mar. as his first wife before 8 Jul 1528 James [Fleming], 9th Baron Slane

3. Lady Mary FitzGerald, mar. Brian O'conor Failghe, Chief of Offaly

4. Lady Elizabeth FitzGerald, mar. Fergananim O'Carroll, Chief of Ely O'Carroll

mar. (2)

1519 Lady Elizabeth Grey (d. aft. 14 Jul 1540), 5th dau. of Thomas [Grey], 1st Marquess of Dorset, by his second wife Cicely Bonville, suo jure Baroness Harington and Baroness Bonville, only child of William [Bonville], 6th Baron Harington, by his wife Lady Catherine Nevill, 5th dau. of Richard [Nevill], jure uxoris Earl of Salisbury

children by second wife

2. Hon Gerald FitzGerald, later 11th Earl of Kildare

3. Hon Edward FitzGerald, Lieutenant of the Gentlemen Pensioners (b. 17 Jan 1527/8), mar. Agnes Paston (widow of Sir Thomas Paston, a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, 5th son of Sir William Paston, of Oxnead, co. Norfolk), dau. and hrss. of Sir John Leigh, of Stockwell, co. Surrey, and had issue:

1a. Gerald FitzGerald, later 14th Earl of Kildare

2a. Thomas FitzGerald, of Walton-on-Thames, co. Surrey (d. 1619), mar. Frances Randolph, 1st dau. of Thomas Randolph, Postmaster of England, and had issue:

1b. Gerald FitzGerald, later 16th Earl of Kildare

1b. Anne FitzGerald, mar. Thomas Gilbert

2b. Lettice FitzGerald, mar. John Morris, of Isleworth, co. Middlesex

3b. Aphora FitzGerald

4b. Elizabeth FitzGerald

1a. Elizabeth FitzGerald, mar. Sir John Hill

2a. Lettice FitzGerald, mar. (1) as his first wife Sir Ambrose Coppinger, of Dawley court, co. Middlesex (dsp. before 7 Apr 1604), (2) Sir John Poyntz, and (3) ..... .....

3a. Douglas FitzGerald, mar. before 1597 as his first wife Francis [Aungier], 1st Baron Aungier, and had issue

5. Lady Margaret FitzGerald (d. unm.)

6. Lady Elizabeth FitzGerald, "The Fair Geraldine" (b. c. 1538; d. Mar 1589/90), mar. (1) as his second wife Sir Anthony Browne KG, of Battle Abbey, co. Sussex, and (2) bef. Jan 1552/3 as his third wife Edward [Clinton], 1st Earl of Lincoln

7. Lady Cicely FitzGerald, mar. Cahir Kavanagh, of Borris, co. Carlow, Baron of Ballyanne (d. before 1554), and had issue

died

13 Dec 1534 (bur. in the Tower of London)

suc. by

son by first wife

note

 

Thomas [FitzGerald], 10th Earl of Kildare

born

1513

mar.

bef. Dec 1529 Frances Fortescue, cohrss. of her mother and 2nd dau. of Sir Adrian Fortescue by his first wife Anne Stonor, dau. and hrss. of Sir William Stonor, of Stonor, co. Oxford

died

s.p. 3 Feb 1536/7

suc. by

half-brother

note

called "Silken Thomas"

 

Gerald [FitzGerald], 11th Earl of Kildare

born

28 Feb 1525

mar.

29 May 1554 Mabel Browne (d. 25 Aug 1610; bur. at Kildare), sister of Anthony [Browne], 1st Viscount Montagu, and dau. of Sir Anthony Browne KG, of Battle Abbey and Cowdray Park, co. Sussex, by his first wife Alice Gage, dau. of Sir John Gage KG

children

1. Hon Gerald FitzGerald, styled Lord Offaly (b. 28 Dec 1559; dvp. Jun 1580), mar. Katherine Knollys (mar. (2) Sir Philip Boteler, of Watton Woodhall, co. Hertford; bur. 20 Dec 1632 at Watton-on-Stone, co. Hertford), 4th dau. of Sir Francis Knollys KG by his wife Mary Carey, sister of Henry [Carey], 1st Baron Hunsdon, and only dau. of William Carey, Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII (by his wife Lady Mary Boleyn, mistress of King Henry VIII and elder sister of Lady Anne Boleyn, suo jure Marchioness of Pembroke, herself second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, 1st dau. and cohrss. in her issue of Thomas [Boleyn], 1st Earl of Wiltshire and 1st Earl of Ormonde), 2nd son of Sir Thomas Carey, of Chilton Foliat, co. Wiltshire, by his wife Margaret Spencer, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir Robert Spencer, of Spencercombe, co. Devon, by his wife Lady Eleanor Butler, widow of James [Butler], 5th Earl of Ormonde, and 1st dau. and cohrss. of Edmund [Beaufort], 1st Duke of Somerset, and had issue:

1a. Hon Lettice FitzGerald, suo jure Baroness Offaly (d. 1 Dec 1658), mar. Rt Hon Sir Robert Digby MP, of Coleshill, co. Warwick (d. 24 May 1618), and had issue

2. Hon Henry FitzGerald, later 12th Earl of Kildare

3. Hon William FitzGerald, later 13th Earl of Kildare

1. Lady Mary FitzGerald, mar. Christopher [Nugent], 3rd Baron Delvin, and had issue

2. Lady Elizabeth FitzGerald (d. 12 Jan 1617), mar. after 6 Nov 1585 as his second wife Donough [O'Brien], 3rd Earl of Thomond, and had issue

died

16 Nov 1585 (bur. at Kildare)

suc. by

son

note

called "the Wizard Earl"

 

Henry [FitzGerald], 12th Earl of Kildare

born

1562

mar.

bef. 22 Feb 1589/90 Lady Frances Howard (b. bef. 1572; mar. (2) after 27 May 1601 Henry [Brooke], 11th Baron Cobham of Kent; bur. in Westminster Abbey 11 Jul 1628), 2nd dau. of Charles [Howard], 1st Earl of Nottingham, by his first wife Hon Katherine Carey, 1st dau. of Henry [Carey], 1st Baron Hunsdon

children

1. Lady Elinor FitzGerald (dvp. young)

2. Lady Bridget FitzGerald (b. c. 1590; d. bef. Dec 1682), mar. (1) bef. 1606 Roderick [O'Donnell], 1st Earl of Tyrconnell, and (2) bef. 7 Jul 1617 Nicholas [Barnewall], 1st Viscount Barnewall, and had issue by both husbands

3. Lady Lettice FitzGerald (b. 1592; d. unm.)

died

s.p.m. 1 Aug 1597 (bur. in Kildare Cathedral)

suc. by

brother

note

 

William [FitzGerald], 13th Earl of Kildare

born

mar.

died

Apr 1599

suc. by

cousin

note

 

Gerald [FitzGerald], 14th Earl of Kildare

born

mar.

aft. 1600 his cousin Hon Elizabeth Nugent (d. 1664), dau. of Christopher [Nugent], 3rd Baron Delvin, by his wife Lady Mary FitzGerald, 1st dau. of Gerald [FitzGerald], 11th Earl of Kildare

only child

1. Hon Gerald FitzGerald, later 15th Earl of Kildare

died

11 Feb 1611/2 (bur. in Kildare Cathedral)

suc. by

son

note

 

Gerald [FitzGerald], 15th Earl of Kildare

born

26 Dec 1611

died

11 Nov 1620 (bur. in Kildare Cathedral)

suc. by

cousin

note

 

Gerald [FitzGerald], 16th Earl of Kildare

bapt.

23 Jan 1611/2

mar.

15 Aug 1630 Lady Joan Boyle (b. 14 Jun 1611; d. 11 Mar 1656 ; bur. with her mother in St Patrick's, Dublin), 4th dau. of Richard [Boyle], 1st Earl of Cork, by his second wife Catherine Fenton, only dau. of Sir Geoffrey Fenton, Principal Secretary of State for Ireland

children

1. Hon Wentworth FitzGerald, later 17th Earl of Kildare

2. Capt Hon Robert FitzGerald, mar. 4 Aug 1663 Mary Clotworthy, dau. and hrss. of James Clotworthy, of Monnimore, co. Londonderry, and had issue:

1a. Robert FitzGerald, later 19th Earl of Kildare

1a. Mary FitzGerald (b. 22 Aug 1666;  d. after 19 Aug 1697), mar. after 23 Jul 1684 John [Allen], 1st Viscount Allen, and had issue

2a. Elizabeth FitzGerald, mar. 1692 Henry Sandford, of Castlerea, co. Roscommon (d. 9 Sep 1733), 1st son and heir of Theophilus Sandford, of Moyglare, co. Meath, by his wife Anne Tighe, dau. of Robert Tighe MP, Lord Mayor of Dublin, and had issue

3a. Frances FitzGerald (d. 26 Aug 1719), mar. c. 1691 William Tisdall, of Mount Tisdall, co. Meath (b. Feb 1668; d. 1725), 1st son and heir of Michael Tisdall, of Mount Tisdall, co. Meath, by his wife Anne Barry, 2nd dau. by his first wife of  Rev William Barry, Rector of Killucan, yr. brother of James [Barry], 1st Baron Barry of Santry, and had issue

4a. Catherine FitzGerald, mar. 19 Aug 1717 as his fourth wife Rt Rev Dive Downes DD, Bishop of Cork, and had issue

5a. Anne FitzGerald (d. unm.)

6a. Margaret FitzGerald (d. 8 Dec 1758), mar. 1712 Toby Hall, of Mount Hall, co. Down (d. 4 May 1734), 1st son and heir of Roger Hall, of Mount Hall, co. Down, Sheriff of co. Down, by his wife Christian Poyntz, dau. of Sir Toby Poyntz, of  Acton, co. Armagh, and had issue

1. Lady Eleanor FitzGerald (d. 3 Aug 1681), mar. as his first wife Sir Walter Borrowes, 2nd Bt., of Gilltown, co. Kildare, and had issue

2. Lady Catherine FitzGerald (d. unm. 1714)

3. Lady Frances FitzGerald, mar. 28 Jul 1650 Sir James Shaen, 1st Bt., of Kilmore, co. Roscommon, and Bishopstone, co. Westmeath, Surveyor General of Ireland, and had issue

4. Lady Elizabeth FitzGerald (bur. 15 Feb 1697/8), mar. (1) Callaghan [McCarthy], 3rd Earl of Clancarty, and (2) 17 Jun 1682 Sir William Davys, Chief Justice of the Irish King's Bench (d. 24 Sep 1687), and had issue by her first husband

died

1660 (bur. at Kildare)

suc. by

son

note

called "The Fairy Earl" from his very small stature

 

Wentworth [FitzGerald], 17th Earl of Kildare

born

1634

mar.

c. 1655 Lady Elizabeth Holles (d. 30 Jun 1666; bur. with her husband in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin), 2nd dau. of John [Holles], 2nd Earl of Clare, by his wife Hon Elizabeth Vere, 1st dau .and cohrss. of Horatio [Vere], 1st Baron Vere of Tilbury

children

1. Hon John FitzGerald, later 18th Earl of Kildare

1. Lady Anne FitzGerald (d. 5 May 1715), mar. (1) Hugh Boscawen, and (2) Hon Francis Robartes MP, a Teller of the Exchequer (bapt. 6 Jan 1649/50; d. 3 Feb 1717/8), 1st son of John [Robartes], 1st Earl of Radnor, by his second wife Letitia Isabella Smith, dau. of Sir John Smith, of Bidborough, co. Kent, by his wife Lady Isabella Rich, 4th dau. by his first wife of Robert [Rich], 1st Earl of Warwick, and had issue

died

5 Mar 1663/4 (bur. in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin)

suc. by

son

note

 

John [FitzGerald], 18th Earl of Kildare

born

1661

mar. (1)

Hon Mary O'Brien (b. 7 May 1662; d. 24 Nov 1683; bur. in Westminster Abbey), 1st dau. of Hon Henry O'Brien, styled Lord O'Brien or Lord Ilbracken (by his wife Lady Katherine Stuart, suo jure Baroness Clifton of Leighton Bromswold, only sister and hrss. of Charles [Stuart], 6th Duke of Lennox, and only dau. of Lord George Stuart, 9th Seigneur d'Aubigny, by his wife Lady Katherine Howard, 1st dau. of Theophilus [Howard], 2nd Earl of Suffolk), 1st son and heir ap. of Henry [O'Brien], 6th Earl of Thomond

only child by first wife

1. Hon Henry FitzGerald (b. c. Aug 1682/3; dvp. 18 Feb 1683/4)

mar. (2)

12 Jun 1684 Lady Elizabeth Jones (b. c. 1665; dsp. 10 Apr 1758; bur. in Westminster Abbey), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Richard [Jones], 1st Earl of Ranelagh, by his wife Hon Elizabeth Willoughby, 2nd dau. and sole hrss. in her issue of Francis [Willoughby], 5th Baron Willoughby of Parham

died

s.p.s. 9 Nov 1707 (bur. in Westminster Abbey)

suc. by

cousin

note

 

Robert [FitzGerald], 19th Earl of Kildare

born

4 May 1675

mar.

7 Mar 1708/9 Lady Mary O'Brien (b. 12 Feb 1691/2; d. 10 Feb 1780; bur. with her husband in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin), 1st dau. of William [O'Brien], 3rd Earl of Inchiquin, by his wife and cousin Hon Mary Villiers, a Maid of Honour, sister of Edward [Villiers], 1st Earl of Jersey, and 6th dau. of Sir Edward Villiers, of Richmond, co. Surrey, Knight Marshal and Governor of Tynemouth Castle, by his first wife Lady Frances Howard, 5th dau. of Theophilus [Howard], 2nd Earl of Suffolk

children

1. Hon James FitzGerald, later 20th Earl of Kildare later 1st Marques of Kildare later 1st Duke of Leinster

1. Lady Margaretta FitzGerald (b. 2 Jul 1729; d. 19 Jan 1766), mar. 1 Mar 1747/8 as his first wife Wills [Hill], 1st Marquess of Downshire, and had issue

died

20 Feb 1743/4 (bur. in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin)

suc. by

son

note

 

James [FitzGerald], 20th Earl of Kildare later 1st Marquess of Kildare later 1st Duke of Leinster

created

21 Feb 1746/7 Viscount Leinster, of Taplow in the County of Buckingham (Peerage of Great Britain)

3 Mar 1761 Earl of Offaly and Marquess of Kildare (Peerage of Ireland)

26 Nov 1766 Duke of Leinster (Peerage of Ireland)

 

The Earldom of Kildare has been held by the Marquesses of Kildare (Dukes of Leinster from 26 Nov 1766) since 3 Mar 1761.

 

 Last updated 29 Nov 2014

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