Gerald Fitzgerald

[Gearóid Iarla] d.1398; 4th [properly 3rd] earl of Desmond; justiciar of Ireland, 1367-9; son of Maurice Fitzthomas, first earl of Desmond; generally styled Gerald Fitzmaurice; granted lands of deceased br. Maurice on condition of marrying dg. of Earl of Ormonde; copy of amalgamation with natives as justiciar; defeated and captured by Brian O’Brien, 1369; upheld King Edward II’s authority in Munster; posthumously described as ‘witty and ingenious composer of Irish poetry’. ODNB

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