Thomas FitzMaurice FitzGerald

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Thomas Fitzmaurice
Bornc. 1175
TitleLord O’Connello
Spouse(s)Ellinor de Marisco
IssueJohn FitzThomas
ParentsMaurice 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 eldest 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's of Kildare and Leinster.

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 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]


  1. ^ Otway-Ruthven, A.P. (1993). A History of Medieval Ireland. New York: Barnes & Noble Books. p. 87. ISBN 1-56619-216-1.
  2. ^ Webb, Alfred. A Compendium of Irish Biography. Dublin: 1878.
  3. ^ a b c Burke, Bernard, A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire. London: Harrison. 1866. p. 204
  4. ^ Otway-Ruthven, p. 82.
  5. ^ a b Cokayne, George Edward, Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant. Volume III. London: George Bell & Sons. 1890. p. 83