House of Burke

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House of Burke
Arms of the House of de Burgh.svg
Armorial of Burke: Or, a cross gules
Country Lordship of Ireland, Kingdom of Ireland
Founded 1203
Founder William de Burgh
Cadet branches Bourke

The House of Burke (Irish: de Búrca; Latinised to de Burca or de Burgo) is the name given to the clan of the Anglo-Norman family at one time known as de Burgh.

The first of the family to come to Ireland was William de Burgh (c.1160?-1204), a Norman adventurer and knight who settled in Ireland in 1185. He was the elder brother of Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent and Justiciar of England.[1]

The later Anglo-Irish de Burghs (the Earls of Ulster, Lords of Connaught, and Earls of Clanricarde) descend from William de Burgh.

The "Burke" surname is one of the most common in Ireland and England, particularly in north Munster and Connacht. The name derives from "burg" or "burgh", meaning fort, and is of Norman origin.

Earls of Ulster[edit]

The Earls of Ulster who belonged to this family were

See also[edit]


Burke: People and Places, Eamonn Bourke, 1995. ISBN 0-946130-10-8


  1. ^ C. A. Empey, ‘Burgh, William de (d. 1206)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004

External links[edit]

Wikisource-logo.svg Round, John Horace (1911). "Burgh". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica. 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.