George FitzGerald, 16th Earl of Kildare

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George FitzGerald, 16th Earl of Kildare (23 January 1612 – 29 May 1660) was known as the "Fairy Earl", apparently for no other reason than that his portrait, which is extant, was painted on a small scale."[1] He was the son of Thomas FitzGerald and Frances Randolph and grandson of Edward FitzGerald (born 1502, brother of Gerald FitzGerald, 14th Earl of Kildare) and Agnes Leigh.

Family[edit]

He married Lady Joan Boyle (1611-1657) on 15 August 1630. She was the daughter of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork and his second wife Catherine Fenton. George and Joan had three sons and six daughters.[2] One of the sons (Robert, the eldest) and two of the daughters died young. One more of the daughters, Catherine, did not marry.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ booksulster.com 8 Accessed May 2007
  2. ^  "Fitzgerald, George (1611-1660)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  3. ^ Ohlmeyer, Janet. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/58154.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ McGrath, C. I. "Shaen, Sir James". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/58154.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Gerald FitzGerald
Earl of Kildare
1620 – 1660
Succeeded by
Wentworth FitzGerald
Preceded by
Lettice Digby
Baron Offaly
1658 – 1660