Humphrys genealogy

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Thomas Fitzgerald, 7th Earl of Desmond

Thomas Fitzgerald, 7th Earl of Desmond (see here).
He mar Ellice Barry [dau of William Barry, 8th Baron Barry, by his wife Ellen de la Roche].
Lord Deputy of Ireland 1463-1467.
He founded the College of Youghal, Youghal, Co.Cork, on 27 Dec 1464.
His political enemies caused his downfall. Charged with treason.
He was beheaded 15 Feb 1468.
He was bur in St.Peter's Church, Drogheda. Later removed to Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
Ellice remarried.
7th Earl and Ellice had issue:

  1. James Fitzgerald, 8th Earl of Desmond.

  2. Maurice Fitzgerald, 9th Earl of Desmond.
    He built Desmond Castle, Kinsale, Co.Cork, c.1500.
    He had issue:

    1. James Fitzgerald, 10th Earl of Desmond,
      died 1529,
      had issue:

      1. Honora Fitzgerald, mar Piers Butler, "Wild Piers" [born c.1521] and had issue.

  3. Thomas Fitzgerald, 11th Earl of Desmond, born 1454.
    His 1st wife died after 1505.
    He succ as 11th Earl in 1529, in old age.
    He mar 2ndly, 1529, age 75, to Katherine FitzGerald [dau of John Fitzgerald, 2nd Lord of Decies].
    He died 1534, age 80 yrs.
    She lived at Inchiquin Castle, SW of Youghal, Co.Cork (see map). (Not to be confused with Inchiquin Castle, Co.Clare.)
    Katherine, "the old Countess of Desmond", died an incredible 70 years after her husband, in 1604.
    People were amazed at her longevity. She was said to be age over 120, even 140.
    In reality, she was probably age around 100.

  4. Sir John Fitzgerald.
    Sometimes called the 12th Earl of Desmond.
    Died 1536.

College of Youghal

The College of Youghal, at St Mary's Collegiate Church, Youghal, Co.Cork.
Founded by Thomas Fitzgerald, 7th Earl of Desmond, in 1464.
See notice at the site.

Model of Youghal 1555-1565.
On display in St Mary's Collegiate Church.
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College of Youghal today.
The RHS wall is early 17th century.
The other buildings are late 18th century.
Photo 2019. See full size.
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St Mary's Collegiate Church today.
Photo 2014. From here.
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