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  • ID: I08975
  • Name: Thomas FITZGERALD , 7th Earl of Kildare 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1421 in Castletown, Kildrought, Kildare, Ireland 1
  • Death: 25 MAR 1477 in Dublin, Ireland 1 2
  • Burial: All Hallows Church, Dublin, Ireland
  • Note:
    Thomas FitzMaurice FitzGerald, 7th Earl of Kildare; born c1421; Justiciar of Ireland 1454 and 1461-70, Chancellor of Ireland 1462; married Lady Joan "Cam" FitzGerald (died 13 June 1486), daughter of the 7th Earl of Desmond; died 25 March 1477. [Burke's Peerage]

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    EARLDOM OF KILDARE [IRL] (VII)

    THOMAS FITZMAURICE (FITZGERALD), EARL OF KILDARE [IRL], son and heir of John Cam. He is called "esquire " in a deed dated 13 April 1453, and as late as November 1456, though he was appointed Justiciar 22 November 1454. He was then steward of Richard, Duke of York, for the liberty of Meath, and his deputy as Lieutenant of Ireland. In 1459 he gained a great victory over O'Conor Faly. He was appointed Justiciar 30 April 1461 on the deposition of Henry VI, and retained the office until 1470. He appears to have been Chancellor for a short time in 1462. In 1464 he and his wife Joan founded a Franciscan house at Adare, co. Limerick, and made their tombs there; in 1465 they joined with Lord Killeen and his wife, the Earl of Desmond and the Bishop of Meath in founding the fraternity -of St. Nicholas at Dunsany. In February 1467/8 he was attainted of treason, being charged with joining the King's Irish enemies, and suspected of complicity with his brother-in-law, the Earl of Desmond, who was executed. The Earl of Kildare was pardoned a few months later and restored to his honours. In 1471 he became the Deputy of George, Duke of Clarence, the King's Lieutenant, which office he retained until 1475. In 1471 he undertook to provide 40 archers for the defence of the four counties of the Pale, and in that year made an incursion into the McMahon country in Monaghan. In 1472 he founded the fraternity of St. George for the defence of the English Pale.

    He married Joan (dispensation to marry anew 24 January 1455/6, they having previously married per verba de praesenti, though knowing that they were related within the prohibited degrees), daughter of James (FITZGERALD), 6th EARL or DESMOND [IRL], by Mary, daughter of Ulick DE BURGH, of Clanricarde. He died 25 March 1477, and is said to have been buried in All Hallows, Dublin. His widow died 1486, and was buried in the monastery of Adare. [Complete Peerage VII:228-9, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]




    Father: John "Cam\Crouchback" FITZGERALD b: ABT 1395 in Castletown, Kildrought, Kildare, Ireland
    Mother: Rose BASSET b: ABT 1395 in Ireland

    Marriage 1 Joan "Cam" FITZGERALD b: ABT 1435 in Desmond, Kerry, Ireland
    • Married: BEF 24 JAN 1455/56 in dispensation to marry anew 3
    Children
    1. Has Children Gerald FITZGERALD , 8th Earl of Kildare, KG, Sir b: AFT JAN 1455/56 in Castletown, Kildrought, Kildare, Ireland

    Sources:
    1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 1679
    2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: VII:228-9
    3. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: VII:229
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