Tuesday, 4 June 2019

The Knight of Kerry

THE KNIGHTS OF KERRY OWNED 5,372 ACRES OF LAND IN COUNTY KERRY

THE KNIGHT OF KERRY is the lineal descendant and representative of MAURICE FITZJOHN, third son of JOHN FITZGERALD, 1ST BARON DESMOND, by Honora, his second wife, daughter of Hugh O'Connor, of Kerry.

SIR MAURICE BUIDHE FITZJOHN was created Knight of Kerry either by EDWARD III after the Battle of Halidon Hill, or by virute of his father's status as a Count Palatine, on the 19th July, 1333.

He had issue,
RICHARD, of whom presently;
Robert.
The elder son,

RICHARD FITZMAURICE, 2nd Knight, was father of

MAURICE FITZRICHARD, 3rd Knight, who married, in 1382, Margaret de Courcy, and had issue,
EDMOND, 4th Knight;
NICHOLAS, 5th Knight;
John;
Gerald;
David;
Richard.
The second son,

NICHOLAS FITZMAURICE, 5th Knight, Bishop of Ardfert ca 1408, had issue,
James;
JOHN CAOCH, his successor.
The younger son,

JOHN CAOCH, 6th Knight, was father of
MAURICE, his successor;
Nicholas;
Richard;
Edmond;
Gerald;
James;
Patrick.
The eldest son,

MAURICE FITZJOHN, 7th Knight, was father of

JOHN FITZMAURICE, 8th Knight, Bishop of Ardfert, 1495, father of

WILLIAM FITZJOHN, 9th Knight, who wedded Una, daughter of Edmond, 9th Baron Kerry, and had issue,
JOHN, his successor;
Richard;
William;
Gibbon;
Oliverus;
a daughter.
The eldest son,

JOHN FITZGERALD, 10th Knight, espoused Shile, daughter of Donal O'Sullivan More, and had issue,
WILLIAM, his successor;
Maurice;
Patrick;
Gerald;
Una; Helen; Elinor.
The 10th Knight died in 1595, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

WILLIAM FITZGERALD, 11th Knight, who married Margaret, daughter of Thomas Tobin, and had issue,
JOHN, his successor;
William;
Patrick;
Maurice;
Ellen.
The 11th Knight died in 1640, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

JOHN FITZGERALD, 12th Knight, who wedded Katherine, daughter of Thomas, 16th Baron Kerry, and had issue,
Patrick;
JOHN, of whom hereafter;
Thomas;
Edmond;
Elinor; Juliana.
The 12th Knight was succeeded by his eldest surviving son,

JOHN FITZGERALD, 13th Knight (1706-41), who espoused Honora, daughter of Connor, 2nd Viscount Clare, and had issue,
MAURICE, his successor;
John;
Daniel;
Thomas;
Elinor; Katherine; Honora.
The 13th Knight was succeeded by his eldest son,

MAURICE FITZGERALD, 14th Knight, who wedded Elizabeth, daughter of David Crosbie, and had issue,
JOHN, his successor;
ROBERT, 17th Knight of Kerry;
Jane; Honora; Bridget; Anne; Margaret; Marion; Mary; Barbara; Lucy.
The 14th Knight died in 1729, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

JOHN FITZGERALD, 15th Knight (1706-41), MP for Dingle, 1728-41, who espoused, in 1732, Margaret, daughter of the Rt Hon Joseph Deane, Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer, and had issue,
MAURICE, his successor;
Elizabeth.
The 15th Knight was succeeded by his son,

MAURICE FITZGERALD, 16th Knight (c1734-79), MP for Dingle, 1761-76, who wedded, in 1764, the Lady Anna Maria FitzMaurice, daughter of William, 2nd Earl of Kerry, though the marriage was without issue, and the family honours reverted to his uncle,

ROBERT FITZGERALD, 17th Knight (1717-81), MP for Dingle, 1741-81, who married firstly, in 1746, Lucy, daughter of John Leslie; secondly, in 1752, Catherine, daughter of Thomas FitzGerald, 18th Knight of Glin; and thirdly, in 1770, Katherine, daughter of Launcelot Sandes, by whom he had issue,
Robert (1772-99);
MAURICE, of whom presently;
Mary.
The surviving son,

THE RT HON MAURICE FITZGERALD, 18th Knight (1772-1849), JP, DL, MP for County Kerry, 1794-1831, espoused firstly, Elenor, daughter of Thomas FitzEdmond; and secondly, in 1801, Maria, daughter of the Rt Hon David La Touche, by whom he had issue,
Robert;
Maurice;
David;
Robert;
Brinsley;
PETER GEORGE, of whom presently;
Stephen Edward;
Elizabeth Emily; Maria; Gertrude; Catherine.
The 18th Knight was succeeded by his eldest surviving son,

PETER GEORGE FITZGERALD, 19th Knight (1808-80), JP DL, High Sheriff of County Kerry, 1849, County Carlow, 1875, who wedded, in 1838, Julia, daughter of Peter Bodkin Hussey, and had issue,
MAURICE, his successor;
Robert John;
Peter David;
Brinsley John Hamilton;
Mary Emily Frances; Emily; Frances Caroline; Katherine;
Elizabeth Ann; Julia Emma Isabella; Eileeen Gertrude.
The 19th Knight of Kerry was created a baronet, in 1880, designated of Valentia, County Kerry.

He was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR MAURICE FITZGERALD, 2nd Baronet and 20th Knight (1844-1916), CVO JP DL, Captain, The Rifle Brigade, Equerry to HRH The Duke of Connaught, who married, in 1882, Amelia Catherine, daughter of Henri Louis Bischoffsheim, and had issue,
Arthur Maurice, died in infancy;
JOHN PETER GERALD MAURICE, his successor;
ARTHUR HENRY BRINSLEY, successor to his brother;
Louise Nesta Pamela.
Sir Maurice was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR JOHN PETER GERALD MAURICE FITZGERALD, 3rd Baronet and 21st Knight (1884-1957), MC, Major, Royal Horse Guards, who espoused, in 1919, the Lady Mildred Murray, daughter of daughter of Charles, 7th Earl of Dunmore, though the marriage was without issue, when the family honours devolved upon his brother,

SIR ARTHUR HENRY BRINSLEY FITZGERALD, 4th Baronet and 22nd Knight (1885-1967), Captain, the Irish Guards, ADC to two field-marshals and the Governor of Bombay, who wedded, in 1914, Mary Eleanor, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis William Forester, and had issue,
John Brinsley (1914-43), killed in action;
GEORGE PETER MAURICE, of whom hereafter;
Mary Finola.
Sir Arthur was succeeded by his younger son,

SIR GEORGE PETER MAURICE FITZGERALD, 5th Baronet and 23rd Knight (1917-2001), MC, Major, the Irish Guards, who married, in 1939, Angela Dora, daughter of Captain James Rankin Mitchell, and had issue,
ADRIAN JAMES ANDREW DENIS, his successor;
Rosanna.
Sir George was succeeded by his son,

SIR ADRIAN JAMES ANDREW DENIS FITZGERALD, 6th Baronet and 24th Knight of Kerry (1940-), of Cappoquin, County Kerry, and 16, Clareville Street, London, Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, 1984-5.

Ancestral seats ~ Glanleam House, Valentia Island, County Kerry; Ballinruddery House, Listowel, County Kerry; Rahinnane Castle, Dingle, County Kerry.

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