James FitzGerald, 6th Earl of Desmond
|Title||Earl of Desmond|
|Predecessor||Thomas FitzJohn FitzGerald|
|Successor||Thomas FitzJames FitzGerald|
|Spouse(s)||Mary de Burgh|
|Issue||Thomas FitzJames FitzGerald
James FitzGerald, 6th Earl of Desmond (died 1463), called 'the Usurper', was the youngest son of Gerald FitzGerald, 3rd Earl of Desmond, and Lady Eleanor, daughter of James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormond. The younger brother of John FitzGerald, 4th Earl of Desmond, James was uncle to the 4th Earl's only son Thomas FitzGerald, 5th Earl of Desmond, whom he was able to deprive of his earldom and dispossess in 1418 for marrying far below his station.
Although not acknowledged until 1422, he was in 1420 made Seneschal of Imokilly, Inchiquin, and the town of Youghal, by James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormond. In 1423 he was made Constable of Limerick for life. In 1445 he was excused attendance at Parliament.
He was also godfather to George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence.
Dying in 1462 or 1463, Desmond is buried in Youghal.
|Ancestors of James FitzGerald, 6th Earl of Desmond|
Marriage and issue
James married Mary, daughter of William de Burgh, and they had issue two sons:
- Thomas FitzGerald, 7th Earl of Desmond
- Sir Gerald Mor FitzGerald, ancestor of the FitzGerald Lords of Decies of County Waterford
and two daughters:
- Honor, married Thomas FitzPatrick, Lord of Kerry
- Joan, married Thomas FitzGerald, 7th Earl of Kildare
- In earlier works commonly called the 7th Earl of Desmond.
- FitzGerald of Desmond
- Burke, Bernard, A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire. London: Harrison. 1866. p. 204
- Cokayne, George Edward, Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant. Volume III. London: George Bell & Sons. 1890. p. 85
|Peerage of Ireland|
|Earl of Desmond