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  • ID: I09118
  • Name: Thomas FITZMAURICE , Lord of Decies 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Thomas FitzMaurice /FitzGerald/, Lord of Decies
  • Birth: ABT APR 1261 in Decies, Waterford, Ireland 3 2
  • Death: 4 JUN 1298 in Knockainy, Limerick, Ireland 3 2
  • Burial: Dominican Friary, Tralee, Kerry, Ireland
  • Note:
    Thomas Fitz Maurice, AnAppagh ("The monkey-nurtured", from a legend that he was cared for by an ape during a time of trouble) also "The Crooked Heir"; Justiciar of Ireland 1295; feudal Lord of Decies and Desmond. [Burke's Peerage]


    THOMAS FITZ MORICE, called the Crooked Heir, grandson and heir, being son and heir of Morice Fitz John, by Maud de Barry (d), which Morice was son and heir apparent of John Fitz Thomas, and was slain with his father at Callan. He was born about April 1261. He came to England in 1282, and the King having taken his homage, he had livery of 1 1/2 cantreds in Thomond of which his grandfather, John fitz Thomas had died seized 8 February 1283/4, and of the lands in Decies and Desmond of which his said grandfather had died seized, saving the King's right thereto, 9 May 1284. Subsequently, the King recovered these lands, on the grounds that he was a minor when he granted them, and that John fitz Thomas had intruded thereon without livery from the King or his ministers. But on 6 February 1291/2 the King gave to Thomas fitz Morice and Margaret his wife the King's cousin, all the said lands of Decies and Desmond and the custody of the castle of Dungarvan, to hold, to them and the heirs of Thomas, at a rent of 200 marks a year, by the service of half a knight's fee: saving to the King the crosses in the same lands, and the said counties [of Waterford and Desmond], and the pleas and profits, &c., pertaining to those counties and to the Crown. He was summoned for Military Service from 29 June 1294 to 17 May 1297, by writs directed Thome filio Mauricii. Keeper (Custos) of Ireland, 19 April to 2 December 1295, holding the place and receiving the salary of Justiciar.

    He married, before 7 February 1283/4, Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas DE BERKELEY, of Berkeley, co. Gloucester [LORD BERKELEY], by Joan, daughter of William (DE FERRERS), EARL OF DERBY. He died 4 June 1298, at Knockainy, co. Limerick, and was buried in the Dominican Friary at Tralee. His widow married, before 5 April 1299, without the King's lic. (fine of 500), Reynold ROSEL or RUSSEL. They were both living, 4 May 1320. [Complete Peerage IV:234-6, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

    (d) She is so called (being then living) in an Inq.p.m. on John fitz Thomas, dated Saturday after St. Peter ad Vincula 8 Aug 1282, and is also so called (being then deceased) in the Inq.p.m. on Thomas fitz Morice, 28 Apr 1300. Although recognizing that this Thomas was only a few weeks old at his father's death, the genealogists say that he was son of Morice, not by Maud de Barry, but by a former wife, Joan or Julian, daughter of John de Cogan, who "brought into the family" Carrigaline and many other manors, co. Cork. But Carrigaline (Beauver), etc. belonged to the family of Cogan till 12 Jun Hen. VI, when they were sold to James, Earl of Desmond, by Robert Cogan, Captain of his nation. And Julian de Cogan was really daughter of Gerald fitz Morice (who d. 1243), and sister of Morice fitz Gerald of Offaly, called 'Ruadh' (who was drowned in the Irish sea, 28 Jul 1268), Captain of the Geraldines, called 'Rochfalyaht', who dsp. in 1287.

    Father: Maurice FITZJOHN , Lord of Connello b: ABT 1240 in Shanid Castle, Connello, Limerick, Ireland
    Mother: Maud de BARRY b: ABT 1241 in Ireland

    Marriage 1 Margaret de BERKELEY b: ABT 1269 in Berkeley Castle, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England
    • Married: BEF 7 FEB 1283/84 in 1st husband 4
    1. Has No Children Thomas FITZTHOMAS , of Decies b: ABT 2 APR 1290 in Decies, Waterford, Ireland
    2. Has Children Maurice FITZTHOMAS , 1st Earl of Desmond b: 1293 in Desmond, Kerry, Ireland

    1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 1064, 254
      Text: Thomas Fitz Maurice
    2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: IV:234-6
    3. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 1064
    4. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 1064, 254
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