Maurice FitzGerald, 18th Knight of Kerry

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The Right Honourable
Maurice FitzGerald, 18th Knight of Kerry
Knight of Kerry
In office
5 December 1781 – 7 March 1849
Monarch George III, George IV, William IV, Queen Victoria
Preceded by Robert FitzGerald
Succeeded by Peter George FitzGerald
Member of Parliament for Kerry
In office
Preceded by Created
Succeeded by Frederick William Mullins
Daniel O'Connell
Member of Parliament for Tralee
In office
1806 – 1807
Preceded by George Canning
Succeeded by Samuel Boddington
Personal details
Born 29 December 1774 (1774-12-29)
Died 7 March 1849 (1849-03-08) (aged 74)
Political party Irish Whig
Spouse(s) Maria la Touche
Cecilia Maria Knight
Children 10
Parents Robert FitzGerald
Catherine Sandes

Maurice FitzGerald, 18th Knight of Kerry (29 December 1774 – 7 March 1849) was an hereditary knight and an Irish Whig politician.

Early life[edit]

Maurice FitzGerald was born on 29 December 1774 to Robert FitzGerald, 17th Knight of Kerry (1717–1781) and his third wife, Catherine Sandes, the daughter of Lancelot Sandes.[1] Upon his fathers death in 1781, the seven year-old Maurice assumed the title of Knight of Kerry.


FitzGerald represented Kerry in the Irish House of Commons from 1795 until the Act of Union in 1801. He sat also for Tralee in 1800. Travelling in Belgium during the Waterloo Campaign of 1815, he brought news of the impending Battle of Waterloo from Ghent to London.[2] He was appointed joint Civil Lord of the Admiralty from 1834 to 1835.

Personal life[edit]

On 5 November 1801, FitzGerald married Maria la Touche, the daughter of the Right Hon. David la Touche of Marlay in Dublin. Maria's brother was Peter La Touche (1775–1830), a Member of parliament in 1802–1806.[3] Together, they had 10 children together:[4]

  • Maurice FitzGerald (died 1836), unmarried.[4]
  • David FitzGerald (died 1848), unmarried.[4]
  • Robert FitzGerald (died 1835), married Ellen Hussey, eldest daughter Peter Bodkin Hussey of Farranikilla House, County Kerry.[4]
  • Brinsley FitzGerald (died 1832), unmarried.[4]
  • Sir Peter FitzGerald (1808–1880), who married Julia Hussey, another daughter of Peter Bodkin Hussey.[4]
  • Stephen Edward FitzGerald (1816–?), who married Margaret Story, daughter of Rev. R. Story.[4]
  • Elizabeth Emily FitzGerald (died 1860), married Cofton Thomas Vandeleur.[4]
  • Maria FitzGerald[4]
  • Gertrude FitzGerald (died 1828), unmarried.[4]
  • Catherine FitzGerald, who married Colonel Edward Symes Bayly, the High Sheriff of Wicklow in 1837.[5][4]

After Maria's death in 1829, he married the widow, Cecilia Maria Knight, who died in 1859.[4]


  1. ^ "ThePeerage - Robert FitzGerald, 17th Knight of Kerry". Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Cathcart, Brian (2016). "The Green Knight". The News from Waterloo. London: Faber. ISBN 978-0-571-31526-0. 
  3. ^ "LATOUCHE, Peter (?1775-1830), of Bellevue, co. Wicklow.". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Foster, J. (1886). The Royal Lineage of our Noble and Gentle Families. Рипол Классик. ISBN 9785871806173. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Visitation of Ireland


Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Sir Barry Denny, 2nd Bt
John Gustavus Crosbie
Member of Parliament for Kerry
With: John Gustavus Crosbie 1795–1798
James Crosbie 1798–1801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Fletcher
Sir Boyle Roche, 1st Bt
Member of Parliament for Tralee
With: James Crosbie
Succeeded by
Arthur Moore
Henry Kemmis
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Kerry
With: James Crosbie 1801–1806, 1812–1826
Henry Arthur Herbert 1806–1812
William Hare 1826–1830
William Browne 1830–1831
Succeeded by
Frederick William Mullins
Daniel O'Connell
Preceded by
George Canning
Member of Parliament for Tralee
Succeeded by
Samuel Boddington
Titles of nobility (Ireland)
Preceded by
Robert FitzGerald
Knight of Kerry
Succeeded by
Peter George FitzGerald