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Walter de Burgh, 1st Earl of Ulster



Tomb slab from Athassel Priory.
Possibly the tomb of Walter de Burgh, 1st Earl of Ulster.
On display at Rock of Cashel.
Photo 2013. See full size.
See wider shot and notice.



Walter de Burgh, 1st Earl of Ulster (see here and here), born c.1231,
the founder of Galway,
he established the walled Norman town of Galway around Galway Castle,
there were repeated attacks on Galway town by the Irish in the 13th century,
cr 1264,
died in Galway Castle, 1271, age c.40 yrs,
bur Athassel Priory (or Athassel Abbey), SW of Cashel, Co.Tipperary (see old map and street view and other side of river),
had issue:


Richard de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster (and here),
"The Red Earl", born 1259,
succ 1271,
the Hall of the Red Earl was built in the late 13th century,
in later life he retired to Athassel Priory,
died Athassel Priory, June 1326, age 67 yrs,
bur Athassel Priory,
had issue:


  1. Eleanor de Burgh,
    mar Thomas de Multon, Lord Multon of Egremont, and had issue:

    1. Elizabeth de Multon,
      GORMANSTON in [Complete Peerage] shows her as dau of the above,
      mar 1stly to Robert Harington,
      mar 2ndly to Walter Bermingham and had issue.


  2. Elizabeth de Burgh (see here),
    mar Robert I the Bruce, King of Scotland and had issue.


  3. John de Burgh (see here), born 1286,
    mar 1308 to Elizabeth de Clare [grand-dau of Edward I and descendant of Aoife Mac Murrough],
    he died Galway, 1313, age 27 yrs,
    had issue:

    1. William de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Ulster (see here), born 1312,
      mar Maud Plantagenet [descendant of Henry III],
      he was assassinated in 1333, age 21 yrs,
      had issue:

      1. Elizabeth (Isabella) de Burgh, Countess of Ulster (see here),
        mar Lionel Plantagenet and had issue.


  4. Joan de Burgh,
    mar 1stly, 1312, to Thomas Fitzgerald, 2nd Earl of Kildare and had issue,
    2nd Earl died 1328,
    mar 2ndly, 1329, to John D'Arcy, 1st Baron D'Arcy and had issue:
    1. Elizabeth D'Arcy, mar 1346 to James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormonde and had issue.




Galway Castle

Galway Castle was in the S corner of the walled city (near the Hall of the Red Earl).
It seems to be gone on the 1583 map.
It is gone on the 1651 map.
Nothing of it survives above ground. Some remains of it were found beside the Hall of the Red Earl in the 1997 excavations, but were covered up again, apparently under the new Custom House building on Flood St.



The site of Galway Castle ("A") on 1583 map.
The castle seems to be gone. The map says "A" is "the place for the citadel" (rather than "the citadel").
S is approximately up. This is the S corner of the walled city, near Spanish Arch.




Hall of the Red Earl, Galway

The Hall of the Red Earl had fallen into ruin by 1556.
It is shown roofless on the 1651 map.
Remains of it were discovered during excavations in 1997.
The remains can now be seen on the SW side of Druid Lane, Galway (see map and street view).
This is now the oldest surviving structure inside the walls of Galway.
See Flickr photos.



Hall of the Red Earl, Galway, shown in ruins on 1651 map.
From here.



Wider shot of 1651 map showing location of Hall of the Red Earl ("75").
It is in the S corner of the walled city, near Spanish Arch.
Galway Castle is clearly gone by this time.



The ruined Hall of the Red Earl shown in a 3D computer model based on the 1651 map.
See 02:55 in 2014 video from RealSim Movies.



Remains of the Hall of the Red Earl, Druid Lane, Galway.
See full size. From here.



Remains of the Hall of the Red Earl, Druid Lane, Galway.
See full size. From here.





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