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Robert FitzGerald, 17th Knight of Kerry

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Robert FitzGerald, 17th Knight of Kerry (1717 – 5 December 1781)[1] was an Irish politician, barrister and hereditary knight.

He was the second son of Maurice FitzGerald, 14th Knight of Kerry and his wife Elizabeth Crosbie, second daughter of David Crosbie.[2] He graduated with a Bachelor of Law and served then as Judge of the Admiralty Court.[3] In 1741, he entered the Irish House of Commons and sat for Dingle, the same constituency his older brother John had represented before, until his death.[1] In 1779, he succeeded his nephew Maurice as Knight of Kerry.[4]

In March 1746, FitzGerald married firstly Lucy Leslie, daughter of John Leslie of Tarbert, County Kerry, and niece of James Leslie (bishop) of Limerick.[5] She died only four years later[citation needed] and he married secondly Catherine FitzGerald, second daughter of Thomas FitzGerald, 18th Knight of Glin in 1752.[6] After the death of his second wife in 1759,[6] FitzGerald married lastly Catherine Sandes, daughter of Lancelot Sandes in 1770 and had by her two sons and a daughter.[citation needed] FitzGerald died in 1781 and was succeeded in his title by his older son Maurice.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Archived from the original on 7 June 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ Burke, John (1847). John Bernhard Burke (ed.). Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry. Vol. I. London: Henry Colburn. p. 416.
  3. ^ Foster, Joseph (1884). The Royal Lineage of Our Noble and Gentle Families Together with Their Paternal Ancestry. London: Hatchards. pp. 43–44.
  4. ^ a b "Public Record Office of Northern Ireland - FitzGerald Papers" (PDF). Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  5. ^ page 255
  6. ^ a b "Ask about Ireland - Thomas FitzGerald, 18th Knight of Glin". Retrieved 30 May 2009.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Dingle
1741 – 1781
With: John Perceval, Viscount Perceval 1741–1749
Sir William Fownes, 2nd Bt 1749–1761
Maurice FitzGerald 1761–1776
Richard Townsend 1776–1777
Robert Alexander 1777–1781
Succeeded by
Titles of nobility (Ireland)
Preceded by Knight of Kerry
1779 – 1781
Succeeded by