FitzGerald, Thomas 1a

Birth Name FitzGerald, Thomas
Gender male
Age at Death 43 years


Thomas FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Kildare
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Thomas FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Kildare (1513–1537), also known as Silken Thomas (Irish: Tomás an tSíoda), was a figure in Irish History. He spent a considerable part of his early life in England. In February 1534, when his father, Gerald FitzGerald, the 9th Earl of Kildare, was summoned to London, he appointed Thomas deputy governor of Ireland in his absence. In June Thomas heard rumours that his father had been executed in the Tower of London and that the English government intended the same fate for himself and his uncles. He summoned the Council to St Mary's Abbey, Dublin, and on 11 June, accompanied by 140 horsemen with silk fringes on their helmets (from which he was given his nickname), rode to the abbey and publicly renounced his allegiance to King Henry VIII, Lord of Ireland.

In July he attacked Dublin Castle, but his army was routed. By this time his father had taken ill and died in London, and he had succeeded as tenth earl. He retreated to his stronghold at Maynooth, County Kildare, but in March 1535 this was taken by an English force under Sir William Skeffington while Thomas was absent gathering reinforcements to relieve it. The garrison was given the "Maynooth Pardon", that is, they were all put to death

In July Lord Leonard Grey arrived from England as Lord Deputy of Ireland; Fitzgerald, seeing his army melting away and his allies submitting one by one, asked pardon for his offences. He was still a formidable opponent, and Grey, wishing to avoid a prolonged conflict, guaranteed his personal safety and persuaded him to submit unconditionally to the king's mercy. In October 1535 he was sent as a prisoner to the Tower. Despite Grey's guarantee he was hanged, drawn and quartered, with his five uncles, at Tyburn, 3 February 1537.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1504 Laecagh, Kildare, Leinster, Ireland    
Death 1547 Laecagh, Kildare, Leinster, Ireland    

Age: 43y


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father FitzGerald, Gerald ‘Gearóig óg’14801534-09-02
Mother La Zouche, Elizabeth14861517-10-06
         FitzGerald, Thomas 1504 1547
    Sister     FitzGerald, Joan 1506 1565/6-01-02 (Julian)
    Sister     FitzGerald, Mary 1508
    Sister     FitzGerald, Elizabeth 1510 1589/90-03-00 (Julian)
    Sister     FitzGerald, Katherine 1512


Family of FitzGerald, Thomas

Name Birth Date Death Date
FitzGerald, Thomas1540
FitzGerald, Mary15451610

Source References

  1. Michael Neuman: @ RootsWeb Caldwell and related families
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        # Name: John III de Dinham , 5th Lord Dynham 1 2
        # Sex: M
        # Birth: ABT 1340 in Hartland, Devonshire, England 1 2
        # Death: 7 JAN 1380/81 in Hartland, Devonshire, England 1 2



        Father: John II de Dinham , 4th Lord Dynham b: 1318 in Hartland, Devonshire, England
        Mother: Margaret de Nutwell b: ABT 1320 in Nutwell, Devonshire, England

        Marriage 1 Muriel de Courtenay b: ABT 1350 in Woodhuish, Devonshire, England


        1. Has Children John IV de Dinham , 6th Lord Dynham b: ABT 1369 in Hartland, Devonshire, England
        2. Has Children Joan de Dinham b: ABT 1371 in Hartland, Devonshire, England
        3. Has Children Muriel de Dinham b: ABT 1380 in Hartland, Devonshire, England



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        Text: Date of Import: 27 Mar 2005
        2. Title: John II de dinham.ged
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        Text: Date of Import: 27 Mar 2005



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