Sir Peter FitzGerald, 19th Knight of Kerry

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The Right Honourable
Peter George FitzGerald
1st Baronet of Valencia
In office
8 July 1880 – 6 August 1880
Monarch Queen Victoria
Preceded by Created
Succeeded by Maurice Fitzgerald, 2nd
19th Knight of Kerry
In office
7 March 1849 – 6 August 1880
Monarch Queen Victoria
Preceded by Maurice FitzGerald
Succeeded by Maurice Fitzgerald, 2nd
Personal details
Born (1808-09-15)15 September 1808
Dublin, Ireland
Died 6 August 1880(1880-08-06) (aged 71)
Nationality Irish
Spouse(s) Julia Hussey
Children 11
Parents Maurice FitzGerald
Maria la Touche

Sir Peter George FitzGerald, 1st Baronet, 19th Knight of Kerry (15 September 1808 – 6 August 1880) was an Anglo-Irish nobleman.

Early life[edit]

Peter George FitzGerald was born on 15 September 1808 and was raised in the banking house of his maternal grandfather in Dublin. He was the eldest surviving son of the Right Hon. Sir Maurice FitzGerald, 18th Knight of Kerry (1774–1849) of Gleanleam and his wife Maria, the daughter of the Right Honourable David la Touche of Marlay.[1]


FitzGerald entered the civil service and was appointed Vice-Treasurer of Ireland in the last ministry of Sir Robert Peel. In 1849, he succeeded his father and resided almost constantly on Valentia Island, devoting himself indefatigably to the duties of an Irish landlord, the improvement of his estates, and the welfare of his tenantry. He especially earned the thanks of the people by the erection of substantial homesteads in place of the old and poorly-maintained cabins, with which the middleman system had covered the west of Ireland.[2] FitzGerald manifested a keen interest in all questions which had a practical bearing on the progress or prosperity of Ireland and, in contributions to The Times, he deprecated the censure which at that time and since was cast indiscriminately upon all Irish landlords.[1]

His own admirable personal qualities, his hatred of abuses, his engaging manners, and his generous nature, made him a great favourite with the Irish peasantry. His hospitality at Glanleam was enjoyed by the Prince of Wales and other distinguished guests. The Atlantic cable had its British termination on his estates, and he evinced much public spirit and energy in connection with the successful laying of the cable.

Personal life[edit]

On 11 August 1838, FitzGerald married Julia Hussey, daughter of Peter Bodkin Hussey of Farranikilla House, co. Kerry, a lineal descendant of the Norman family of Hoses, which settled on the promontory of Dingle in the thirteenth century. By this lady he had four sons and seven daughters:[3]

FitzGerald was a magistrate and deputy-lieutenant for County Kerry, and was High Sheriff of Kerry in 1849, and of County Carlow in 1875. On 8 July 1880, he was created a baronet of Valentia in the County of Kerry, in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom.[8]


FitzGerald suffered from a dangerous malady and died on 6 August 1880. He was succeeded in the title and estates by his eldest son, Captain Maurice FitzGerald, who served with distinction in the Anglo-Ashanti wars, being present at the battles of Amoaful, Becquah, and Ordahau, and at the capture of Coomassie.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Smith, G.B. "Fitzgerald, Sir Peter George". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  2. ^ News, Gorrespondence Of The London (7 August 1865). "Laying the Shore End of the Great Cable--Scenery of County Kerry--Valentia and its Surroundings--The Natives as they Are--Irish Aspirations Looking to America--Ceremonies of Bringing the Cable Ashore--A Good Beginning.". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Foster, J. (1886). The Royal Lineage of our Noble and Gentle Families. Рипол Классик. ISBN 9785871806173. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Sir Peter George FitzGerald, 1st Bt.". The Peerage. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  5. ^ (entry #358984)
  6. ^ "Peter David FitzGerald". The Peerage. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "LORD WINCHILSEA, DREXEL KIN, WEDS: 15th Earl Marries in London Mary A. Conroy, Daughter of Fruit Merchant". The New York Times. June 18, 1946. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "No. 24862". The London Gazette. 9 July 1880. p. 3878. 
Titles of nobility (Ireland)
Preceded by
Maurice FitzGerald
Knight of Kerry
Succeeded by
Maurice FitzGerald
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(of Valentia)
Succeeded by
Maurice FitzGerald

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"FitzGerald, Peter George". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.