Henry FitzGerald, 12th Earl of Kildare

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Henry FitzGerald, 12th Earl of Kildare (1562 – 30 September 1597) was an Irish peer and soldier.


Kildare was the second son of Gerald FitzGerald, 11th Earl of Kildare and Mabel Browne.[1] His eldest brother died in 1580, and Henry inherited the earldom in 1585.[citation needed]

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] Wounded in a skirmish on the Blackwater in July 1597, he was brought to Drogheda where he died of his wounds on 30 September 1597.[2]


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:



  • 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, vol. I (Reprint in 6 volumes ed.), Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, p. 428
    • Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003), Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, vol. 2 (107th in 3 volumes ed.), Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage, p. 2299
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by Earl of Kildare
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