Maurice FitzGerald, 16th Knight of Kerry

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Maurice FitzGerald, 16th Knight of Kerry (c. 1734 – 24 June 1779),[1] known as "The Dingle Knight",[2] was an Irish politician, barrister and hereditary knight.

He was the only surviving son of John FitzGerald, 15th Knight of Kerry and his wife Margaret Deane, daughter of Joseph Deane.[3] In 1741, he succeeded his father as Knight of Kerry.[3] FitzGerald was Judge of the Admiralty Court[4] and in 1761, he entered the Irish House of Commons.[1] He sat for Dingle, the same constituency his father had represented before, until 1776.[1]

On 10 June 1764, he married his cousin Lady Anne FitzMaurice, only daughter of William FitzMaurice, 2nd Earl of Kerry.[5] FitzGerald died childless and was succeeded in his title by his uncle Robert.[3] His nephew Richard Boyle Townsend became heir of his estates.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Leigh Rayment - Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ a b "Public Record Office of Northern Ireland - FitzGerald Papers" (PDF). Retrieved 31 May 2009.
  3. ^ a b c Burke, John (1847). John Bernhard Burke (ed.). Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry. Vol. I. London: Henry Colburn. p. 416.
  4. ^ Foster, Joseph (1884). The Royal Lineage of Our Noble and Gentle Families Together with Their Paternal Ancestry. London: Hatchards. p. 43.
  5. ^ "ThePeerage - Maurice FitzGerald, 16th Knight of Kerry". Retrieved 31 May 2009.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Dingle
1761 – 1776
With: Robert FitzGerald
Succeeded by
Titles of nobility (Ireland)
Preceded by Knight of Kerry
1741 – 1779
Succeeded by