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  • ID: I3551
  • Name: Rowland Eustace
  • Suffix: 1st Baron Portlester
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 19 DEC 1496
  • Burial: Cotlandstown, Kildare
  • Residence: Kilcullan and Harristown, co Kildare
  • Occupation: Lord High Chancellor of Ireland 1474
  • MEM: St. Audoen's, Dublin: effigy. And Kilcullen new Abbey
  • Note:

    ROWLAND EUSTACE or FlTZEUSTACE, of Kilcullen and Harristown, co. Kildare, son and heir of Sir Edward FITZEUSTACE, Lord Deputy [IRL] 1452 till his death 25 Oct 1454, was appointed Lord Treasurer [IRL] 22 or 23 May 1454-60, joint Lord Treasurer [IRL] 21 December 1461-71, and sole Lord Treasurer [IRL] 1471 to June 1492; Joint Chief Clerk of the King's Bench, of the Crown and of the Common Pleas, and Keeper of the Rolls [IRL], 6 November 1454. He was apparently knighted 37 or 38 Hen. VI (1459-60)). He was created, 5 March 1461/2, BARON PORTLESTER [IRL]. For a short time from 16 May 1462 he was Lord Deputy [IRL] for the Duke of Clarence. Joint Lord Chancellor (IRL] 16 April 1472 to 1474, and Lord Chanccllor [IRL] 1474-80 and June 1487 to June 1492. He became Captain of the Guild of St. George on its constitution by Act of Parliament [IRL] 1472-73, and a member of the Fraternity of Arms, March 1473/4. With other supporters of Lambert Simnel he received a general pardon 25 May 1488. He is said to have married, 1stly, Elizabeth, daughter of John BRUNE. He married, 2ndly, Joan (dispensation to marry 16 October 1458), widow of Christopher (PLUNKET), 1st LORD KILLEEN [IRL], and daughter of (----) BELLEW. She was living in 1463. He married, 3rdly, in or before 1476, Margaret, relict of John Dowdall [son of Sir John Dowdall of Newtown], widow of Thomas Bernewall, and daughter and heir of Jenico DARTAS. He died s.p.m. legitimate, 19 December 1496, and was buried in the New Abbey, Kilcullen, when the Barony became extinct. M.I. to him and his wife, Margaret Jenico, at Kilcullen and at St. Audoen's, Dublin. [CP 10:598-600]
    Two sons, Richard and Oliver, were indicted of treason, with their father and others, in May 1479. Richard, son of Sir Roland FitzEustace, was living in September 1493. His five daughters and coheirs were:
    by the 1st or 2nd wife:
    (i) Joan, married Richard (Plunket), 2nd Baron Dunsany [IRL]
    (ii) Alison, married Gerald (FitzGerald), 8th Earl of Kildare [IRL], died 22 November 1495, being buried at Kilcullen
    by Margaret Jenico:
    (iii) Joan, married Sir Maurice Eustace
    (iv) Maud, married, 1stly, Thomas Marward, of Skreen, and, 2ndly, Sir John Plunket, of Bewley; (v) Janet, married Sir Walter Delahide.
    ROWLAND FITZ-EUSTACE, d 1496, Lord of Kilcullen, Lord High Treasurer of Ireland, created Lord Baron of Portlester in 1462, m 1stly ELIZABETH, dau of JOHN BRUNE
        Richard, indicted of treason, dvp
        Oliver, indicted of treason, dvp
        Joan, m Richard Plunkett, 2nd Baron
        Alison, dau and co-heir, m Gerald, "Geroit More", KG, 8th Earl of Kildare.
    ROWLAND 2ndly m Joan Cusack, widow of Christopher Plunkett, 1st Lord Killeen
    ROWLAND 3rdly m MARGARET, widow of John Dowdall (by whom she'd had a dau Eleanor), widow of Thomas Bernewall, and dau of JENICO II DURTAS
        Joan, m Sir Maurice Eustace
        MAUD, m 1stly Thomas Marwood; she 2ndly m Sir JOHN PLUNKETT of Bewley
        Janet, m Sir Walter Delahide
    A chapel was erected in 1455 on the southern side of St. Audöen's Church by Roland Fitz Eustace, Baron of Portlester, whose wife, Margaret, daughter of Jenico D'Artois, was interred here under a large table monument, bearing the recumbent effigies of a knight in armour with his lady, and encircled on the margin with the following inscription in Gothic letters:- "Orate pro animâ Rolandi Fitz Eustace de Portlester, qui hunc locum sive Capellam dedit, in honorem beatae Mariae virginis; etiam pro animâ Margaritae uxoris suae, et pro animabus omnium fidelium defunctorum, Anno Dom. 1455." Although this monument exhibits a sepulchral effigy of its founder, we may observe, that Sir Roland Fitz Eustace was interred in the Abbey of Kilcullen.
  • _UID: 7C1EE8133D2F43B3AE8A38C91BBCF8EFEEE5
  • Change Date: 30 DEC 2008

    Father: Edward Fitzeustace b: ABT 1405 in Kilcullen, Kildare, Ireland
    Mother: Alice

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Brune
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Alison Eustace
    2. Has Children Joan FitzEustace

    Marriage 2 Joan or Jenet Bellew b: ABT 1417 in Killeen, Meath, Ireland
    • Married: ABT 16 OCT 1458
    • Note: Dispensation 16 October 1458

    Marriage 3 Margaret or Maud D?artois or Dartas
    • Married: ABT 1476 1
    1. Has Children Maud FitzEustace

    1. Text: The Main Branch of the Eustace Family-Castlemartin & Harristown
      By Major-General Sir-Eustace F. Tickell
      Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society; Volume XI1I, No. 6 (1955)
      On Eustace Families Association website:
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