Henry FitzGerald, 12th Earl of Kildare

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Henry FitzGerald, 12th Earl of Kildare (1562 – 1 August 1597) was an Irish peer and soldier.


Kildare was the son of Gerald FitzGerald, 11th Earl of Kildare and Mabel Browne.[1]

Military career[edit]

Nicknamed Henry "na Tuagh", or Henry "of the Battleaxes", he fought against the Spanish invaders in Ireland in 1588. In 1597 he helped quell the Earl of Tyrone's uprising in Ulster, where he was mortally wounded.[1]


Kildare married Frances, daughter of Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham and Katherine Carey, in 1589. They had no sons and Kildare was succeeded by his brother William FitzGerald, 13th Earl of Kildare.[1] He had at least two surviving daughters:


  1. ^ a b c d Lundy 2015, p. 1265 § 12649 cites Mosley 2003, p. 2299
  2. ^ Lundy 2015, p. 1265 § 12649 cites Cokayne 2000, p. 428


  • Lundy, Darryl (29 June 2015), Henry FitzGerald, 2nd/12th Earl of Kildare, thepeerage.com, p. 1265 § 12649  cites:
    • Cokayne, G.E; et al., eds. (2000), The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, I (Reprint in 6 volumes ed.), Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, p. 428 
    • Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003), Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 2 (107th in 3 volumes ed.), Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage, p. 2299 
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Gerald FitzGerald
Earl of Kildare
Succeeded by
William FitzGerald