About Lord Gherado Gheradini
A very detailed study of this family: http://www.geraldini.com/documenti/before-america/Before-America-Part-1.pdf
PROBABLY CORRECT: The genealogy to a Gheradini family origin is very likely true. English kings did indeed recruit many continental knights and warriors for the conquest of Ireland, who were given noble seats as their reward. In our modern era we see written record of one of the brothers Maurizio Gheradini as a knight in the invasion. However this genealogy was incorrectly placed in doubt because they thought an Irish priest would not know, but those in Florence would know. Why would those in Florence know the history of their ancient kinsmen who left for Ireland a 500 years earlier? It is the Irish priest who would know about those ex-pat Florentines in Ireland, as they had the records of births, death, marriages and history-- not the Florentines. The priest was was more likely correct, the Italian nay-sayers incorrect. How would they know? Yet, there are records of FitzGeralds corresponding with Florentines indicating this ancient connection. There are many noble families of Ireland who descend from warriors who participated in the invasion of Ireland. Another one was William le Hore who supported Strongbow and was given the seat of Pole Hore as his reward. "Le Hore" can be taken to mean "the outsider". He was a Saxon knight who helped in the invasion, certainly not Irish. The noble families of Ireland are packed with outsiders who helped in the invasion, that is why the Irish rebelled against them for centuries. They aren't irish in origin. The noble families of Ireland were largely English and other outsiders. Yet, people today assume that irish noble families have all Irish origin. No, they do not. Again, that is why the Irish rebelled against these Irish noble houses-- they were not Irish in origin in many cases. Furthermore, the Gheradini did indeed exist in Florence before it was a republic. The Gheradini lost power when it was made into a republic. The Victorians were vehemently prejudiced against all things Irish but loved all things Florentine. Thus they sneered that a Gheradini lineage could not be in Ireland. They said Gheradino was not a Cosimo, because that was the term used during the republican era. However, before Florence was a republic, of course they had local noblemen: effectively dukes, counts, barons, whatever language you wish to use, such as the Gheradini who were local pre-republican noblemen of Florence. The Geradini represent the pre-republican era before the word "Cosimo" was adopted. However the Gheradini were effectively the equivalent role as the Florentines "Cosimos" before the Medici adopted the term Cosimo for the ruler of Florence.
PROBABLY INCORRECT: Unfortunately, Other's descent from the Gherardini was claimed a fantasy, debunked by a Victorian writer. In one version of the story, he was a son of Otho di Gherardini of the Florentine family.
"The story given above is traced to an Irish priest, 'called Maurice, who was of the family of the Gherardini settled in that island,' and who, passing through Florence in 1413, claimed the local Gherardini as his ancient kinsmen."
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Child 1: Other, Dominus
Descendants of Lord Otterus (Othoer) of
Gherardini (AD980-1006) - may or may not be correct.
1. Mr. Cosimo Gherardini,
1st Great Duke of Florence. bc.AD870
2. Mr. Mathias Gherardini, bc.AD900
3. Lord Otterus (Othoer) Gherardini
(Baron of Gherardini, Lord in Tuscany b.934
Gherardini, Italia d.996 in Italia?)
4. Lord Gherardo Gherardini, Baron (Lord) of
b. AD980 Italia?, d.after AD1006 in Italia?
Residence, Florence, Italia.
5. Dominus Otho, b. AD1006 Florence, Italia or
b. AD1010 Florence, Italia,
Immigration - AD1042 Italia to Normandie, France
/ Wales to England.
d. after AD1042 in Surrey, England.
6. Mr. Walter FitzOtho of Windsor.
AD1078 Castellan of Windsor Castle.
AD1066-AD1087 Warden of Forests in Berkshire,
AD1100 Keeper of the Forest, b. AD1037 / AD1050.
Died after AD1100 in England.
married 1stly Ms. Beatrice.
married 2ndly AD1067 Ms. Gladys Ferch Rhywallon