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The Geraldines

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The Geraldines

The Geraldines, the Desmonds and the Kildares are descendants of Gerald FitzWalter his sons, William Fitzgerald, Lord of Carew and Emlyn and Maurice FitzGerald, Lord of Lanstephan; an Anglo/Norman dynasty in Wales.

Maurice FitzGerald was among the first to respond to the appeal of the deposed and exiled King of Leinster, Diarmait MacMurrough, who was hoping to recover his Kingship of Leinster from Rory O'Connor, High King of Ireland. [1]

In 1169, Maurice Fitzgerald led a group of Norman mercenaries from Wales
In 1175, Maurice Fitzgerald was granted the lands of Naas and Offelan (Offaly) in Kildare, previously held by the O'Kellys. [2]
In 1316, John FitzThomas was created the first Earl of Kildare.
In 1329, Maurice FitzThomas FitzGerald was created Earl of Desmond
Knights of Kerry
Knights of Glynn
In 1537, the failed rebellion of the 10th Earl, Thomas FitzGerald "Silken Thomas" son of Gearoig Og FitzGerald, the ninth Earl, ended the power of the Fitzgeralds.
In 1579 Gerald Fitzgerald, the last Earl of Desmond was proclaimed a traitor.
In 1583 Gerald Fitzgerald Earl of Desmond was assassinated at Glenagenty near Traleeby by the Moriarty Chieftain of Castledrum.
In 1586 there was enacted an Attainder of the Earl of Desmond and his followers. Forfeiture of his estate, 574,628 Irish acres.
Queen Elizabeth l instituted the plantation of Munster

Note : Legendary Descent

The Geraldines trace their descent from the powerful family of Gherardini in Florence. The Earls of Kildare maintained a correspondence with the Gherardini family of Florence [3] [4] The legend was published in a family history in 1655, by a Dominican scholar, Father O'Daly who included the story of the family descent from ancient Trojans who fled to Florence from Troy, as an introduction to a history of the Geraldine Earls of Desmond. [5] [6]

The Geraldines by Thomas Osborne Davis [7]
The Geraldines! The Geraldines!—'tis full a thousand years
Since, 'mid the Tuscan vineyards, bright flashed their battle-spears;
When Capet seized the crown of France, their iron shields were known,
And their sabre-dint struck terror on the banks of the Garonne:
Across the downs of Hastings they spurred hard by William's side,
And the grey sands of Palestine with Moslem blood they dyed;
But never then, nor thence till now, has falsehood or disgrace
Been seen to soil Fitzgerald's plume, or mantle in his face.
The Geraldines! The Geraldines!—'tis true, in Strongbow's van,
By lawless force, as conquerors, their Irish reign began; ...........


  1. The Norman Invasion of Ireland
  2. Library Ireland : The New Settlers in Dublin and Kildare
  3. Library Ireland : The Geraldines
  4. Wikipedia : Gherardini family
  5. The rise, increase, and exit of the Geraldines, earls of Desmond, and persecution after their fall Translated from the Latin of Dominic O'Daly O.P. with Memoir and Notes by C. P. Meehan
  6. La famiglia Geraldini : Origine dei Fitzgeralds
  7. Celt : Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition The Geraldines author: Thomas Osborne Davis

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We are in the process of moving 'Irish, History' to 'Ireland, History' & you caught the cat page & the space page mid-hop.

This is the SPACE PAGE - to carry the bumph that's not at the top of the category page

posted by Valerie Willis
There is already a category Category:Irish History, The Geraldines, so why a second category?

Natalie, Categorization

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott