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Joan Fitzgerald

Nicknames: "Joan Fitz Gerald"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Desmond Castle, Kinsale, County Cork, Munster, Ireland
Death: Died in Askeaton, County Limerick, Munster, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James FitzMaurice FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Desmond and Amy O'Brien
Wife of James "The Lame" Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond; Sir Francis Bryan I "The Vicar of Hell", Lord Chief Justice of Ireland and Gerald FitzGerald, 15th Earl of Desmond
Mother of Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond; Sir Edmund Butler, of Cloughgrenan; Ellen Roche (Butler); James Butler, of Duisk; John Butler and 8 others
Sister of Lady Honora Butler (Fitzgerald) and Ellice (Alice) Fitzgerald

Occupation: Daughter and heiress of the 11th Earl of Desmond, Countess of Ormond, Countess of Ormond & Desmond
Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About Joan Fitzgerald

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Birth Date 1521 1529

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Fitzgerald,_Countess_of_Ormond

Her father was of the family of Geraldines, one ot the prominent lines of Anglo-Irish lords who settled in Ireland in the time of Henry II.

After the unpleasant death of her first husband James Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond, she wished to marry her cousin, Gerald Fitzgerald, heir to the Earl of Desmond, although he was twenty years her junior. But since such a marriage would have united the Irish factions she was induced instead to wed Sir Francis Bryan, an Englishman. Bryan was appointed as Lord Marshall and the couple arrived in Ireland in Nov 1548. When Bryan lay dying at Clonmel, Joan was out hunting with cousin Gerald, who succeeded to the title of Earl of Desmond in 1554. Their subsequent marriage brought a measure of peace to Ireland and Joan even carried on a friendly correspondence with Queen Elizabeth. Eventually, however, annoyed by the dominant role his wife appeared to play in their marriage, Desmond broke his truce with her son. Joan spent nearly two weeks riding back and forth between hostile camps before peace was restored. From 1562-1564, Desmond was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Joan set herself the task of persuading Queen Elizabeth to release him, but by the time she was successful, she was on her deathbed. She was buried in the friary at Askeaton. There was no issue of the third marriage. Joan died 2 Jan 1564/5. There was no mystery of Gerald FitzGerald's death; he was attainted, chased down and on 11 Nov 1583 slain, and his head sent to Queen Elizabeth.

The Countess appears to have been made an allowance by the Government. In Oct 1584, Perrot writes: "The Countess of Desmond lay at Clonmel, where she was allowed a diet of viiis. per diem for herself, her daughter, and weemen". This was afterwards disallowed, and she was permitted to live in Dublin Castle. In Mar 1587 she repaired to Elizabeth, who gave her a pension of £200 to be paid in Ireland, with 100 marks for her two daughters.

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Joan FITZGERALD (C. Ormonde/C. Desmond)

Born: ABT 1509, Desmond, Ireland

Died: 2 Jan 1564

Buried: Askeaton, Limerick, Ireland

Notes: Her father was of the family of Geraldines, one ot the prominent lines of Anglo-Irish lords who settled in Ireland in the time of Henry II. It is interesting to note that not only did her first husband die unpleasantly, Sir Francis Bryan died of unknown causes while it is said, Joan was seeing Gerald FitzGerald, the Rebel Earl, who would become her third husband. There was no issue of the third marriage. Joan died 2 Jan 1564/5. There was no mystery of FitzGerald's death; he was attainted, chased down and on 11 Nov 1583 slain, and his head sent to Queen Elizabeth.

Father: James FITZGERALD (10º E. Desmond)

Mother: Amy MAC-I-BRIEN-ARA

Married 1: James BUTLER (9° E. Ormonde) BEF 21 Dec 1532

Children:

1. Thomas Dubh BUTLER (10° E. Ormonde)

2. Edmund BUTLER of Cloghgrenan

3. James BUTLER of Duisk

4. John BUTLER of Kilcash

5. Walter BUTLER of Nodstown

6. Edward BUTLER of Ballinahinch

7. Piers BUTLER of Grantstown

Married 2: Francis BRYAN (Sir Knight Lord Chief Justice of Ireland) BEF 28 Aug 1548, Childington, Buckinghamshire, England

Children:

8. Francis BRYAN (Sir)

9. Elizabeth BRYAN

Married 3: Gerald FITZGERALD (15° E. Desmond) ABT 1551

Children:

10. Margaret FITZGERALD

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Lady Joan FitzGerald was the daughter of James FitzMaurice FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Desmond. Purported to be descended from Brian of Boru-the first Irish King that unified the island and defeated the invading Vikings.

Married off to Sir Francis Bryan (alledgedly to break up a union of powerful Irish nobility and against her will) after becoming a widow.

Married the powerful Irish nobleman James Butler,9th Earl of Ormonde, son of Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde and Lady Margaret FitzGerald anyway after Bryan's death

   
 

-------------------- The third marriage to Gerald Fitzgerald was a contract. -------------------- resolve

Birth Date 1521 1529

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Fitzgerald,_Countess_of_Ormond

Her father was of the family of Geraldines, one ot the prominent lines of Anglo-Irish lords who settled in Ireland in the time of Henry II.

After the unpleasant death of her first husband James Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond, she wished to marry her cousin, Gerald Fitzgerald, heir to the Earl of Desmond, although he was twenty years her junior. But since such a marriage would have united the Irish factions she was induced instead to wed Sir Francis Bryan, an Englishman. Bryan was appointed as Lord Marshall and the couple arrived in Ireland in Nov 1548. When Bryan lay dying at Clonmel, Joan was out hunting with cousin Gerald, who succeeded to the title of Earl of Desmond in 1554. Their subsequent marriage brought a measure of peace to Ireland and Joan even carried on a friendly correspondence with Queen Elizabeth. Eventually, however, annoyed by the dominant role his wife appeared to play in their marriage, Desmond broke his truce with her son. Joan spent nearly two weeks riding back and forth between hostile camps before peace was restored. From 1562-1564, Desmond was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Joan set herself the task of persuading Queen Elizabeth to release him, but by the time she was successful, she was on her deathbed. She was buried in the friary at Askeaton. There was no issue of the third marriage. Joan died 2 Jan 1564/5. There was no mystery of Gerald FitzGerald's death; he was attainted, chased down and on 11 Nov 1583 slain, and his head sent to Queen Elizabeth.

The Countess appears to have been made an allowance by the Government. In Oct 1584, Perrot writes: "The Countess of Desmond lay at Clonmel, where she was allowed a diet of viiis. per diem for herself, her daughter, and weemen". This was afterwards disallowed, and she was permitted to live in Dublin Castle. In Mar 1587 she repaired to Elizabeth, who gave her a pension of £200 to be paid in Ireland, with 100 marks for her two daughters.

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Joan FITZGERALD (C. Ormonde/C. Desmond)

Born: ABT 1509, Desmond, Ireland

Died: 2 Jan 1564

Buried: Askeaton, Limerick, Ireland

Notes: Her father was of the family of Geraldines, one ot the prominent lines of Anglo-Irish lords who settled in Ireland in the time of Henry II. It is interesting to note that not only did her first husband die unpleasantly, Sir Francis Bryan died of unknown causes while it is said, Joan was seeing Gerald FitzGerald, the Rebel Earl, who would become her third husband. There was no issue of the third marriage. Joan died 2 Jan 1564/5. There was no mystery of FitzGerald's death; he was attainted, chased down and on 11 Nov 1583 slain, and his head sent to Queen Elizabeth.

Father: James FITZGERALD (10º E. Desmond)

Mother: Amy MAC-I-BRIEN-ARA

Married 1: James BUTLER (9° E. Ormonde) BEF 21 Dec 1532

Children:

1. Thomas Dubh BUTLER (10° E. Ormonde)

2. Edmund BUTLER of Cloghgrenan

3. James BUTLER of Duisk

4. John BUTLER of Kilcash

5. Walter BUTLER of Nodstown

6. Edward BUTLER of Ballinahinch

7. Piers BUTLER of Grantstown

Married 2: Francis BRYAN (Sir Knight Lord Chief Justice of Ireland) BEF 28 Aug 1548, Childington, Buckinghamshire, England

Children:

8. Francis BRYAN (Sir)

9. Elizabeth BRYAN

Married 3: Gerald FITZGERALD (15° E. Desmond) ABT 1551

Children:

10. Margaret FITZGERALD

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Lady Joan FitzGerald was the daughter of James FitzMaurice FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Desmond. Purported to be descended from Brian of Boru-the first Irish King that unified the island and defeated the invading Vikings.

Married off to Sir Francis Bryan (alledgedly to break up a union of powerful Irish nobility and against her will) after becoming a widow.

Married the powerful Irish nobleman James Butler,9th Earl of Ormonde, son of Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde and Lady Margaret FitzGerald anyway after Bryan's death

-------------------- The third marriage to Gerald Fitzgerald was a contract.

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Lady Joan Fitzgerald, Duchess of Ormond's Timeline

1509
1509
Kinsale, County Cork, Munster, Ireland
1520
1520
Age 11
Gloucestershire, , England
1531
1531
Age 22
1531
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1532
1532
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Tipperary, Ireland
1534
1534
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Carlow, Ireland
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1546
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Age 37
Abt. 1546
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Age 38