FitzGerald (Maurice) (1st earl of Desmond)

  • 1293–1356
first earl of Desmond and justificiar of Ireland, son of Thomas fitz Maurice FitzGerald, who was lord of Decies and Desmond and justiciar of Ireland, and of Margaret daughter of Thomas of Berkeley.

earl of Desmond earldom of Desmondearldom of Desmond

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27 August 1329–1356Created earl of Desmond by Roger Mortimer.
See also: FitzGerald dynasty of DesmondFitzGerald dynasty of Desmond
Leading family in Ireland, originally Anglo-Norman or Cambro-Norman, that produced the earls of Desmond.
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McGuire, James [ed.], and James Quinn [ed.], Dictionary of Irish biography, online ed. (2009), Online: Royal Irish Academy; Cambridge University Press. URL: <>.
Mackay (Ronald) [id. 003256.v1. ‘FitzGerald, Maurice fitz Thomas’] direct link
Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press. URL: <>. 
comments: General editors include Lawrence Goldman, et al.
Frame (Robin) [id. 9646. ‘Fitzgerald, Maurice fitz Thomas, first earl of Desmond’] direct link
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