Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
Garret Mor Fitzgerald, 8th Earl of Kildare (see here and here and here),
He mar 1stly, c.1471, to Alison FitzEustace.
He succ as Earl 1478.
There was almost an effective Irish independence in 1477-95.
He was Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland 1483-84.
He was a Yorkist.
He supported the claim of Lambert Simnel to be Edward of Warwick in the remnant Yorkist opposition to Henry VII. Simnel was crowned as "Edward VI" at Christ Church, Dublin, 1487.
There was a famous Butler - FitzGerald dispute in 1492, which ended with the "Door of Reconciliation" at St.Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.
8th Earl was arrested in 1495 and imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Alison died 22 Nov 1495 [NOT 1480].
She was bur New Abbey, Kilcullen, Co.Kildare.
She is said to have died of grief after his arrest. She did not live to see him come into favour again.
He was freed 1496.
Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland 1496-(think 1513).
He fought with 3rd Baron Howth against the Irish at the Battle of Knockdoe, Co.Galway, 1504.
K.G. 1505 (first Irish one).
In 1510 [Milne, 2000] he built a chapel, St.Mary's Chapel (now gone) in the NE end of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. This was on the N side of the high altar, in the Choir at the E end. See map on p.110 of [Milne, 2000]. There was in fact an older St.Mary's Chapel in the cathedral, so this one was also called the Earl of Kildare's chapel.
He died Kildare town, 3 September 1513, age 57 yrs.
He was bur 16 Oct 1513 in the chapel he had built, St.Mary's Chapel, Christ Church cathedral, Dublin.
Both monument and chapel have since vanished.
He had issue by 1st wife:
This is said to be the origin of the expression "to chance your arm", but there is no evidence for this.
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