Judkin-Fitzgerald baronets

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The Baronetcy of Lisheen, County Tipperary, was created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 5 August 1801 for Col. Thomas Judkin-Fitzgerald (Uniacke), who had adopted the surname of Judkin in compliance with the will of his maternal uncle Judge John Lapp Judkin, of Cashel. The title was a reward for suppressing the United Irish Rebellion of 1798 in Co Tipperary as High Sheriff of Tipperary.[1] On his death in 1810, in a "criminatory obituary" and in reference to his excessive use of the cat o' nine tails at this time, it was said that "The history of his life and loyalty is written in legible characters on the backs of his fellow countrymen."[2]

He was succeeded by his son, Sir John, the second Baronet[3][4] John who also went on to becoming Mayor of Cashel and High Sheriff of Tipperary, the latter during the last year of King George III reign 1819, then by his grandson the third Baronet, Sir Thomas who also was a magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant for the County Tipperary.[5][6] With the death of the fourth Baronet in 1917, the baronetcy became apparently extinct or dormant. The Crown Office Baronetcy Register Official Roll mentions Capel Gerald Judkin-Fitzgerald (1872–1898) and Thomas Judkin-Fitzgerald (born 1873) as his heirs. The Roll shows also the latter as the fifth Baronet, but it is doubtful as the entry appears incomplete. The further entry considers the baronetcy extinct or dormant and gives no date of death for Thomas, nor does it say what relationship he was to the fourth Baronet. The late Linda Gullette Hudson, a possible descendant had done considerable genealogical research into her thus this FitzGerald family relationship with the result that it seemed her 1st cousin FitzGerald may in fact be the current Heir male of the body but due to unclear circumstances as further detailed by Linda's cousin James Rogers "of Richard H. Fitz-Gerald, born 17 Oct 1855 in Tipperary, Ireland ... immigrated to the USA in 1885, possibly after schooling in England"[7] (perhaps related to the infamous notoriety of the Baronetcy Creation), their ancestor Richard H Fitz-Gerald did not prove Claim to the Title hence it became dormant or extinct.

Judkin-Fitzgerald baronets, of Lisheen (1801)[edit]

  • Sir Thomas Judkin-Fitzgerald, 1st Baronet (1754–1810) High Sheriff of Tipperary 1798
  • Sir John Judkin-Fitzgerald, 2nd Baronet (1787–1860) High Sheriff of Tipperary 1819, Mayor of Cashel, died aboard the PS Nimrod.
  • Sir Thomas Judkin-Fitzgerald, 3rd Baronet (1820–1864), magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant for the County Tipperary, 27 April Sir Thomas Judkin Fitzgerald. his residence "Golden Hills" was named after the townland in which it was located Golden Hills, near the village of Golden, in the barony of Clanwilliam (County Tipperary).[8] Dr. Matthew S. Kennedy. Death from temporary insanity. Reported by Thomas Mack. Source: A return of inquisitions held by the coroner for the South Riding of the County of Tipperary commencing 1st Feb 1864 and ending June 1864.[9]
  • Sir Joseph Capel Judkin-Fitzgerald, 4th Baronet (1853–1917)

Heraldic insignia[edit]

Coat of arms

The crest represents a chevalier in complete armour, on horseback, at full speed, with his sword drawn, and his beaver up.
  • Seat: The Seat of baronets was Lisheen.
  • Motto: unknown - see also Uniacke Unicus est & faithful and brave Fitzgerald Black & Green Knights of Glyn or Glin & Kerry Shanit a boo[10]