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  • ID: I09121
  • Name: John FITZTHOMAS , Lord of Connello 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: John FitzThomas /FitzGerald/, Lord of Connello
  • Birth: ABT 1195 in Shanid Castle, Connello, Limerick, Ireland
  • Death: 23 JUL 1261 in Battle at Callan, Kilkenny, Ireland (slain) 3 2
  • Burial: Dominican Friary, Tralee, Kerry, Ireland
  • Note:
    John Fitz Thomas; feudal Lord of Connello and in right of his wife of Decies and Desmond; married 1st Margery, daughter and coheir of Thomas Fitz Anthony, feudal Lord of Decies & Desmond; married 2nd Honora, daughter of either of Hugh, The O'Connor Kerry or of Phelim MacHugh, the O'Connor Don, of Connaught, and was killed at Callan, Kerry, 23 July 1261 in an encounter with the MacCarthys, being buried in the Dominican Abbey in Tralee, Co Kerry, which he had founded that year. Tradition says he had four (possibly five) illegitimate sons by four different mothers, three of whom he made knights by virtue of his royal status as a Count Palatine, though other sources say they were knighted by Edward III at the Battle of Halidon Hill 19 July 1333. The Knighthoods probably became hereditary by long usage because the heads of these junior branches of the Geraldine family were almost alway so created on an individual basis. Whatever the actual facts, the descendents of the three knights have been styled as such by Acts of Parliament, patents under the Great Seal and in legal proceedings for many centuries (though not, curiously and rather Irishly, actually referred to as "Sir Desmond FitzGerald" (or whoever) in speech or writings). The first authentic record of the use of the title White Knight is in 1401, of Knight of Glin (the Black Knight) in 1424 and of Knight of Kerry (the Green Knight) in 1468, though this does not necessarily mean the titles were not in use earlier. The surname now in use, FitzGerald, seems to have been adopted at some point in the 16th Century. [Burke's Peerage]


    JOHN FITZ THOMAS, son and heir of Thomas FITZ MORICE (who died in 1213 or 1214), ) by Sabina or Sadhbh, his wife (c). Having married Margery, daughter and coheir of Thomas fitz Anthony, he obtained, 23 May 1251, a provisional grant of 25 a year, in compensation for his purparty of Decies. On 7 November 1259 Edward, the King's eldest son, at that time under age, gave him, for his homage and service, all the lands of Decies and Desmond, then in the hand of the said Edward, and which had been held by Thomas fitz Anthony, father of Margery wife of the said John, and the custody of the castle of Dungarvan in fee, of which the said Thomas had been invested by the gift of King John, and of which he had died seized, to hold, to John and his heirs, at a rent of 500 marks a year, by the service of 1/10th of a knight's fee. The Justiciar refused to give him seizin saying that the Lord Edward had been deceived, and assigned him to appear before Edward's Council: whereupon he took seizin himself of these lands in the first week of Lent 1259/60, and held them till his death. He died 23 July 1261, being slain in a conflict with the MacCarthys of Carbery, at Callan in Kerry, and was buried in the Dominican Friary at Tralee in that co., which he had founded. [Complete Peerage IV:233-4, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

    (c) In 1214-5 Nicholas fitz Leon and Sabina late the wife of Thomas fitz Morice made a fine of 600 marks for the custody of the land and the heir of the said Thomas, with the marriage of the heir. According to modern genealogists, the wife of Thomas was "Ellinor, daughter of Jordan, and sister of Geoffrey de Marisco [de Marais], Justiciar of Ireland". In the old pedigrees Eleanor (or Joan), daughter of Geoffrey (or William) Morish or Moryson, Lord Justice, is given as wife to various members of the family, sometimes to a Thomas, sometimes to a Morice, and the foregoing seems to be no more than a plausible version of these conflicting statements.

    Father: Thomas FITZMAURICE , Lord of Connello b: ABT 1153 in Wexford, Kildare, Ireland
    Mother: Sabina (Elinor) de MARISCO b: ABT 1173 in Shanid Castle, Connello, Limerick, Ireland

    Marriage 1 Margery FITZANTHONY , Heiress of Decies & Desmond b: ABT 1220 in Decies, Waterford, Ireland
      1. Has Children Maurice FITZJOHN , Lord of Connello b: ABT 1240 in Shanid Castle, Connello, Limerick, Ireland

      1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
        Page: 1064
        Text: John Fitz Thomas
      2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
        Page: IV:233-4
      3. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
        Page: 1064
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