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  • ID: I11740
  • Name: John Fitzthomas ?Of Callan? Fitzgerald
  • Suffix: Lord Of Decies & Desmond
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 24 JUL 1261 in Callan, nr Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland
  • Burial: Dominican Friary, Tralee, Ireland
  • Residence: Shanid 1
  • Cause: Killed in battle, with son
  • Note: 2

    ?Think he founded Tralee, Co.Kerry, c.1216?
    Founded Dominican Friary, Tralee, 1243 (note he is NOT Baron of Offaly).
    Created his 3 sons Knights 1259.
    Died in Battle of Callan, nr Kenmare, Co.Kerry, 1261 (NOT 1216), when Norman advance was halted in S Kerry.
    Married (first) Margery, daughter and heir of Sir Thomas Fitz-Anthony, Lord of Decies and Desmond. These domains were confirmed to him by Prince Edward in 1260.
    He married (second) Honora, daughter of Hugh O'Connor, of Kerry.
    By his first wife he had a child:
    1. Maurice Fitz-John Fitzgerald, who was Lord of Decies and Desmond, and ancestor of the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Desmond, who ranked among the most powerful nobles of Ireland for more than two centuries.
    Children of second wife:
    2. Gilbert Fitz-John, ancestor of the White Knight.
    3. Sir John Fitz-John, mentioned below.
    4. Maurice Fitz-John, ancestor of the Knight of Kerry.
    5. Thomas Fitz-John, ancestor of the Fitzgerald of the Island of Kerry.
    John Fitz-Thomas Fitzgerald, by virture of his royal seigniory as a Count Palatine, created three of his sons by the second marriage, knights; and their descendants have been so styled in acts of parliament, patents under the great seal, and all legal proceedings, up to the present (1910) time. He founded the monastary of Tralee, and was buried there in 1260.
    The Geraldines were defeated by Connor O'Brien in Thomond, and again at Kilgarvan, near Kenmare, by Fineen MacCarthy. The Annals of Innisfallen give long details of this engagement, the sight of which is still pointed out by the country people. John FitzThomas, the founder of the Dominican Monastery at Tralee, was killed. The MacCarthys immediately proceeded to level all the castles which had been erected by the English; they were very numerous in that district. Soon after the hero of the fight was killed himself by the De Courcys.
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  • Change Date: 16 OCT 2008

    Father: Thomas FitzMaurice FitzGerald
    Mother: Elinor de Marisco

    Marriage 1 Margery FitzAnthony
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Maurice Fitzjohn
    2. Has Children Osborn Wyddel b: 1237

    Marriage 2 Una Ni Connor
      1. Has Children John Fitzgerald
      2. Has Children Gilbert FitzJohn FitzGibbon

      1. Title: University of Hull Royal Database (England)
        Author: Brian Tompsett, Dept of Computer Science
        Publication: copyright 1994, 1995, 1996
        Text: usually reliable but sometimes includes hypothetical lines, mythological figures, etc
      2. Type: Web Site
        Author: Mark Humphrys
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