Aoife  (MacMurrough) de Clare

Aoife (MacMurrough) de Clare (abt. 1145 - aft. 1187)

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Aoife (Eve) "Princess of Leinster, Countess of Pembroke" de Clare formerly MacMurrough aka MacMurchada, de Clare
Born about in Lancashire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Waterford, Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Waterford, Munster,
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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) de CLARE
Aoife "Red Eva" ni Diarmait

Burial of Eve/Aoife, wife of Richard FitzGilbert 'Strongbow'

(Royal Ancestry) His widow, Eve, was living in 1187. Sometime in the period, 1185-1194, his widow, Eve, as "heres Regis Deremicii," confirmed to John Comyn, Archbishop of Dublin, and his successors all of her earlier gifts. At her death, she was buried in Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire.

On July 7, 2006, Alton Rogers received an e-mail from Richard Turner of the Wales government (Richard.Turner@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK) regarding the burial of important historic persons at Tintern Abbey. These included Eve/Aoife, wife of Richard FitzGilbert de Clare, his father Gilbert FitzGilbert de Clare, Isabel FitzGilbert de Clare, wife of William Marshal, and their eldest daughter Maud.

From Richard Turner regarding the burial of Eve/Aoife at Tintern: In 1531 William fellows made a visitation to Tintern Abbey just before the Dissolution of the Monasteries. He wrote describing the tomb of Aoife/Eva of Leinster (Ive Burgh): "in the northe part of sayde Church Lyeth Ive Burgh, doughter to Makmure, King of Lymster in Irelande, and wife to Richard Strangebowe aforewrytten on the other side,"

She was buried with her father-in-law Gilbert FtizGilbert de Clare, who died in 1148/49.



  • Royal Ancestry 2013 Vol. IV p. 339-340

  • 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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Marriage of Eva (Aoife) and Richard de Clare
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