Richard Fitzgerald (died 1776)

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Colonel Richard Fitzgerald (by 1733 – 1776)[1] was an Irish Member of Parliament.[2]

He was the fifth son of Gerald Fitzgerald of Coolanawle, Queen's County, by his wife Mary, daughter of Sir Robert Hartpole, of Shrule Castle in Queen's County. He lived at Kilminchy Castle, Port Laoise, and Mount Offaly, County Kildare.

He was elected to the Irish House of Commons for Boyle on 21 October 1763 and sat until his death.

He married firstly, Margaret, daughter of James King, 4th Baron Kingston, of Mitchelstown Castle. They had one daughter Caroline, who married Robert King, Lord Kingsborough.[citation needed] He married secondly, Mary, daughter and heiress of Fairfax Mercer, of Fair Hill, County Louth. Their son Gerald was the father of the New Zealand politician James FitzGerald[3] and Gerard George Fitzgerald.

In 1776 Fitzgerald was shot in a duel with his daughter's father-in-law, Edward King, 1st Earl of Kingston.[citation needed] His son-in-law Lord Kingsborough succeeded him as M.P. for Boyle.


  1. ^ "Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
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  3. ^ "Fitzgerald, James Edward (FTST837JE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Benjamin Burton
Henry King
Member of Parliament for Boyle
With: Henry King
Succeeded by
Viscount Kingsborough
Henry King