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Maurice (FitzMaurice) FitzGerald (abt. 1238 - bef. 1286)

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Maurice "3rd Lord Offaly, Justiciar of Ireland" FitzGerald formerly FitzMaurice
Born about in Kildare, Irelandmap
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Husband of — married in Dublin, Irelandmap
Husband of — married in Dublin, Leinster, Dublin, Irelandmap
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Died before in Ross, Irelandmap
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Maurice FitzGerald, 3rd Lord Offaly

Maurice fitz Maurice was born about 1238.

Maurice fitz Maurice fitz Gerald was recorded as Muiris Mael (Maurice the Bald) by the Annals of Connacht. He was the second son of Maurice Fitzgerald the Justiciar, and his wife, Juliana.

He followed his father as Justiciar of Ireland.

In 1260 he succeeded in plundering the O'Donnells, but was defeated in an expedition against Conor O'Brian at Coil-Berrain in Munster.

In May 1262, he was among the magnates of Ireland summoned to inform the King and Prince Edward about the state of that country, summoned again in June 1265.

The death of his elder brother, Gerald fitz Maurice Fitzgerald, in 1242/3 and the minority and early death of his nephew, Maurice Fitzgerald (d. 1268), made him for most of his active life the most powerful member of his family. His position was reinforced by a considerable landed base.

In 1277 he accompanied his son-in-law, Thomas de Clare, against Brian Ruadh O'Brien, King of Thomond; Brian was taken prisoner and beheaded.


He first married, before 28 October, 1259, Matilda de Prendergast.[1] Because Matilda had previously been espoused to Maurice's brother, David, they were granted a Papal dispensation on 2 January, 1260.[2] Maud was the widow of Maurice de Rochford. She brought him Corran.

His second marriage, before 24 July 1276, was to Emmeline (Longespée) de Ridelisford, who was earlier married to Hugh de Lacy. This marriage added Corrofin, Galway, to his possessions. She was born about 1252. They had no issue.

In 1305-6, Emmeline settled the manor of Denford (in Kintbury), Berkshire on herself, with reversion to her great niece, Maud la Zouche, then betrothed to Robert de Holand, Knt., afterwards 1st Lord Holand. In 1314 she was granted the manor of Avington, Berkshire for life by Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. She died shortly before 23 May 1331.


According to Caithréim Thoirdhealbhaigh, he had had a son named Patrick, who was killed in Thomond in 1277, but there is no confirmation of this. His heirs were his two daughters, Juliana de Clare and Amabilia.


Maurice Mael the Bald Fitzgerald died in 1285.[3]

Research Notes

Evidences from Contemporaneous Sources

On 5 Kalends November, 5 Alexander IV [28 October 1259], at Anagni, a Papal mandate was issued to the bishop of Cloyne not to molest Maurice son of Maurice, of his diocese (who has appealed to the pope), on the ground that he married Matilda, daughter of Gerald de Prendergast, she having been espoused to his late brother David, who died before she was seven years old.[1]

On 4 Nones January, 6 Alexander IV [2 January, 1260], at Anagni, a Papal dispensation was granted to Maurice, son of Maurice Gerold, of the diocese of Cloyne, to remain in the marriage contracted with Matilda, to whom, when seven years old, his brother David, since deceased, had been espoused.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Regesta, Vol XXV", Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 1, 1198-1304, ed. W H Bliss (London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1893), 367-8, Digital Image Internet Archive ( : accessed 29 August, 2018). [Theiner, 82.] (f. 226d.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Regesta, Vol XXV", Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland: Volume 1, 1198-1304, ed. W H Bliss (London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1893), 369, Digital Image Internet Archive ( : accessed 29 August, 2018). (f. 237.)
  3. Celt : The Four Masters: M1285.3

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