Thomas FitzMaurice FitzGerald

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Thomas Fitzmaurice
Born c. 1175
Died 1213
Title Lord of O’Connelloe
Spouse(s) Ellinor de Marisco
Issue John FitzThomas FitzGerald
Parents Maurice FitzGerald, Lord of Lanstephan
Shanid Castle. Shanid was the seat of Thomas FitzMaurice.

Thomas FitzMaurice (c. 1175 – 1213) of Shanid,[1] Lord of O'Connelloe,[2] was the son of Maurice FitzGerald, Lord of Lanstephan. Thomas was the progenitor[3] of the Geraldine House of Desmond, and brother of Gerald FitzMaurice, 1st Lord of Offaly, progenitor of the Geraldine House of Kildare.

In 1210, Thomas invaded Connacht with Geoffrey de Marisco at the head of a force of Anglo-Norman troops gathered in Munster, and of followers of Donnchad Cairprech Ó Briain, King of Thomond. This expedition aided in forcing Cathal Crobhdearg Ua Conchobair, King of Connacht into negotiations with John de Gray, Justiciar of Ireland.[4]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Thomas FitzMaurice FitzGerald married Ellinor, daughter of Jordan de Marisco, and sister of Geoffrey de Marisco, who was appointed justiciar of Ireland in 1215.[5][3], and had issue:

  1. John FitzGerald, 1st Baron Desmond[5][3]