Birth: c. 1150, Wales;
Death: Jan 15, 1204; Ireland;
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- 1st Baron of Offaly, jure uxoris
Gerald FitzMaurice, jure uxoris 1st Lord of Offaly (c. 1150 – 15 January 1204) was a Cambro-Norman nobleman who took part with his father, Maurice FitzGerald, Lord of Lanstephan, in the Norman invasion of Ireland (1169–71). Together, they founded the notable FitzGerald dynasty which was to play an important role in Irish history.
By right of his wife, the heiress Eve de Bermingham, Gerald was granted the barony of Offaly, thus becoming the first Lord. He is the ancestor of the Kildare branch of the dynasty.
Confusingly, his father Maurice was granted the lordship of Offelan in north County Kildare in 1175 by Strongbow.
Gerald Fitzmaurice FitzGerald was born in Wales in about 1150, the second eldest son of Maurice FitzGerald, Lord of Lanstephan and an unknown second wife. Gerald had one sister, Nesta, who was named after their celebrated grandmother, Princess Nest ferch Rhys, and five brothers, including the eldest, William FitzMaurice, 1st Baron of Naas.
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