- Aoife Ní Diarmait
- Eva of Leinster
- Countess of Ireland, MacDermot, Countess of Pembroke
Aoife MacMurrough (1145-1188, Irish: Aoife Ní Diarmait), also known by later historians as Eva of Leinster, was the daughter of Dermot MacMurrough (Irish: Diarmait MacMurchada), King of Leinster, and his wife Mor O'Toole (c.1114-1191).
- m. Richard "Strongbow" de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke 29 Aug 1170 Christchurch Cathedral, Waterford.
- She had been promised to Strongbow by her father who had visited England to ask for an invasion army. He was not allowed to give his daughter away, as under Early Irish Law Aoife had the choice of whom she married, but she had to agree to an arranged marriage.
- Under Anglo-Norman law, this gave Strongbow succession rights to the Kingdom of Leinster. Under Irish Brehon law, the marriage gave her a life interest only, after which any land would normally revert to male cousins; but Brehon law also recognized a transfer of "swordland" following a conquest. Aoife conducted battles on behalf of her husband and is sometimes known as Red Eva (Irish: Aoife Rua). She had two sons with her husband Richard de Clare, and within several generations her descendants included much of the nobility of northwestern Europe, including Robert the Bruce.
- Extract from Heart of Exile - The marriage of Strongbow (Richard de Clare) and Eva lived for centuries after in the Irish mind as a horrible alliance.
Name Birth Death Notes
- Isabel de Clare, 4th Countess of Pembroke 1172 1240 m. Aug 1189, Sir William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, Lord Marshal, son of John Fitz Gilbert, Marshal (Marechal) of England, and Sibylla of Salisbury.
- Gilbert de Striguil (Chepstow), 3rd Earl of Pembroke 1173 1185 Inherited title from father but died as a minor. The title then went to his sister's husband on marriage.
- Joan de Clare 1175 ? m. Godfrey Gamage, son of William De Gamages and Elizabeth De Miners.
- Children of Aoife MacMurrough and Richard de Clare (Strongbow)
- Eva MacMurrough
- Eva (Aoife) MCMURROUGH
- Eva (Aoife) de CLARE
- Aoife "Red Eva" ni Diarmait
- Eva MacMURROUGH
- Ancestral File Number: 91SF-JD
- Croinin, Daibhi (1995) Early Medieval Ireland 400-1200 London: Longman Press; p. 281
- Salmonson, J. A. (1991) The Encyclopedia of Amazons, (pp.60). Paragon House. ISBN 1-55778-420-5
- Weis, F.L. (n.d.) Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, (Lines: 66-26, 175-7, 261-30). N.p.
- Adam-Smith, P. (1986), Patsy Adam-Smith. Heart of Exile. Victoria, AU: Nelson Publishers. ISBN 0 17006170 1.
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