Name: Maurice FitzThomas FitzGibbon
Suffix: 1st White Knight
Death: AFT 1357 in Scotland
Burial: Kilmallock Abbey, co Limerick, Ireland
Change Date: 23 NOV 2004
Descendant of Gilbert Fitzgerald, the son of John Fitzthomas Fitzgerald of Shanid and Una ni Connor (qv).
This family in question is found mostly in Limerick, also in the west of Ireland, but further to the south. Known as MacGiobiún in Irish, they are invariably Fitzgibbon in English. This is a branch of the Fitzgeralds and its head was known as The White Knight, being one of the three hereditary knights of Desmond, unique among British and Irish titles, the other two being the Knight of Kerry and the Knight of Glyn, both being Fitzgeralds. Gerald, the first White Knight, was fostered by Gibbon O'Cunine, of Thomond, and was therefore sometimes called Gibbon, whence the name Fitzgibbon and Clan-Gibbon. The first White Knight was descended from Gerald, son of John, the eldest son of John, son of Thomas Fitzgerald, lord of Decies and Desmond, by his second wife, Honora, daughter of The O'Conor Don. His father, by virtue of his royal seignory as a Count Palatine, created him a Knight, as well as his brothers, the Knight of Glyn, and the Knight of Kerry. Maurice Fitzgibbon, the fourteenth and last known White Knight died without an heir in the reign of Charles I of England.
Fitzgibbon - MacLysaght, pg. 110 (s.n. Fitzgibbon) "Mac Giobúin, The name of two unconnected Norman Irish families; one of the same stock as the Burkes of Mayo, the other of West Munster whose head was the White Knight. See Irish Families"
[Re Knight of Glin] There are two versions of how the title was bestowed on them. According to the first version, the father of all the Geraldines was John Fitz-Thomas Fitzgerald, who was of Anglo-Norman descent. He was father to four or five illegitimate sons and, with his royal authority, he conferred Gibbon as the White Knight, Maurice as the Knight of Kerry or the Green Knight and John Fitz John as the Black Knight or the Knight of Glin. The second version claims that King Edward III conferred the three brothers with knighthoods after the Battle of Halidon Hill in 1333.
Father: Thomas FitzGilbert FitzGibbon
Katherine b: in Scotland
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