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James Fitzgerald, 6th Earl of Desmond

Kerry County Museum has a reconstruction of Tralee in 1450. See 2016 photo.
The Geraldine arms are shown above the town gates. See 2020 photo.

James Fitzgerald, 6th Earl of Desmond.
See wikipedia and genealogics.
He mar Mary Burk [dau of Ulick mac Rickard Burk].
He became Earl in 1418 when he dispossessed his nephew Thomas Fitzgerald, 5th Earl of Desmond.
James was called "the Usurper", but he kept the Earldom for decades, and passed it to his line.
In 1420 he was appointed Seneschal of Imokilly (sheriff of Imokilly). Imokilly is a barony in Co.Cork, whose chief town is Youghal.
He sent Richard Fitzgerald to take up the position.
He re-built Dominican Priory, Limerick.
Mary died 1435.
6th Earl died at Mocollop, Co.Waterford, in 1462 or 1463.
[Complete Peerage] says he was bur Youghal.
6th Earl and Mary had issue:

  1. Thomas Fitzgerald, 7th Earl of Desmond.

  2. Joan Fitzgerald,
    mar Thomas Fitzgerald, 7th Earl of Kildare and had issue.

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