Sir Maurice FitzGerald, 2nd Lord of Offaly

Male 1194 - 1257  (~ 63 years)


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  • Name Maurice FitzGerald 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix 2nd Lord of Offaly 
    Born 0___ 1194  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 May 1257  Youghal Monastery, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I47927  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2017 

    Father Gerald FitzMaurice, 1st Lord of Offaly,   b. ~ 1150, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Eve de Bermingham 
    Married Y  [2
    Residence (Family) ~ 1204  Offaly, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Family ID F17645  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Juliana de Grenville,   b. (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Y  [1
    Children 
     1. Maurice FitzGerald, II, 3rd Lord Offally,   b. 0___ 1238, Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 10 Nov 1286, Ross, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
     2. Thomas FitzMaurice FitzGerald,   d. 1271, Lough Mask, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F17643  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 0___ 1194 - Ireland Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Maurice FitzGerald I, 2nd Lord of Offaly (1194 Ė 20 May 1257) was a Norman-Irish peer, soldier, and Justiciar of Ireland from 1232 to 1245. He mustered many armies against the Irish, and due to his harsh methods as Justiciar, he received criticism from King Henry III of England. He was succeeded as Lord of Offaly by his son, Maurice FitzGerald, 3rd Lord of Offaly.

      Career

      He was born in Ireland in 1194, the son of Gerald FitzMaurice, 1st Lord of Offaly and Eve de Bermingham (died between June 1223/December 1226). He succeeded to the title of Lord of Offaly on 15 January 1204, and was invested as a knight in July 1217, at the age of 23. In 1224 he founded South Abbey, Youghal, the proto-friary of the Irish Province of the Observant Franciscans,[1] dedicated to St. Nicholas. Maurice was summoned to London to accompany King Henry III of England to Poitou and Gascony in October 1229. He was appointed Justiciar of Ireland in September 1232 and held the post until 1245. His reputation was marred by rumours that he had contrived the death of Richard Marshal, 3rd Earl of Pembroke in 1234.[2] FitzGerald met Marshal at the Battle of the Curragh on 1 April, where Marshal was wounded and died shortly after. It was rumoured that Marshal had been betrayed.[3] In February 1235, the King criticised him for his proceedings in office, and described him as "little pleasant, nay, beyond measure harsh in executing the King's mandates".[2] The same year, he took part in the subjugation of Connacht. In the years 1241 and 1242, and later in 1246, 1247, and 1248 he mustered armies against the Irish.

      In 1247, Maurice invaded T‚ir Chonaill, and fought the combined forces of Cine‚al Chonaill and Cine‚al Eoghain at the Battle of Ballyshannon. According to various Irish annals, three eminent lords fell in battle against him: Maol Seachlainn ” Domhnaill, King of T‚ir Chonaill, An Giolla Muinealach ” Baoighill, and Mac Somhairle, King of Argyll (a man seemingly identical to Ruaidhr‚i mac Raghnaill).[4]

      In 1245, Maurice was dismissed from his post as Justiciar as a result of tardiness in sending the King assistance in the latter's military campaigns in Wales. His successor was John FitzGeoffrey. That same year he laid the foundations for Sligo Castle. In 1250, he held both the office of Member of the Council of Ireland, and Commissioner of the Treasury. He also founded the Franciscan Friary at Youghal and the Dominican Friary at Sligo; hence his nickname of an Brathair, which is Irish for The Friar.[5] He was at the English royal court in January 1252, and received an urgent summons from King Henry in January 1254.

      Marriage and issue

      He married Juliana de Cogan, daughter of Sir William de Cogan and by her, they had four sons:

      Gerald FitzMaurice FitzGerald (died 1243), married a woman whose name is not recorded by whom he had a son, Maurice (died July 1268), and a daughter, Juliana (died after 1309), wife of Sir John de Cogan, by whom she had issue.
      Maurice FitzGerald, 3rd Lord of Offaly (1238- before 10 November 1286), married firstly, Maud de Prendergast, by whom he had two daughters; he married secondly, Emmeline Longespee.
      David FitzMaurice FitzGerald, died childless
      Thomas FitzMaurice FitzGerald (died 1271 Lough Mask), married Rohesia de St. Michael, by whom he had issue including John FitzGerald, 1st Earl of Kildare, 4th Lord of Offaly
      Death[edit]
      In 1257, Maurice and his Norman army engaged the forces led by Gofraidh ” Domhnaill, King of T‚ir Chonaill at the Battle of Credan, in the north of what is now County Sligo. The two men fought each other in single combat and both were gravely wounded. Maurice died of his injuries at Youghal Monastery, wearing the habit of the Franciscans, on 20 May 1257, aged 63 years. In the Annals of the Four Masters, 1257 his death is described thus: "Maurice FitzGerald for some time Lord Justice of Ireland and the destroyer of the Irish, died." (In Irish this reads as: "Muiris macGerailt lustis Ereann re h-edh diosccaoilteach Gaoidheal d'‚ecc".)

      He was succeeded as Lord of Offaly by his son, Maurice FitzGerald, 3rd Lord of Offaly, rather than the rightful successor, his grandson, Maurice, son of his eldest son, Gerald.

      * [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S10596] "Maurice FitzGerald, 3rd Lord of Offaly" biography, which was abstracted, downloaded and published Tuesday, March 7th, 2.

    2. [S10600] "Maurice FitzGerald I, 2nd Lord of Offaly (1194 - 20 May 1257)" which was abstracted, downloaded and published Tuesday,.

    3. [S10601] "Gerald FitzMaurice, jure uxoris 1st Lord of Offaly (c.?1150 - 15 January 1204)" which was abstracted, downloaded and pu.