Maurice de Prendergast

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Maurice de Prendergast

Also Known As: "awarded much land in cambro-norman invasion of ireland led by strongbow"
Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Prendergast Castle, Pembrokeshire, England
Death: 1205 (60)
Kilimainham, Dublin, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Philip de Prendergast
Husband of Nest FitzGerald, of Windsor
Father of Philip de Prendergast and Gerald de Prendergast

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About Maurice de Prendergast

In 1166, Diarmait Mac Murchada (Dermot MacMurragh) was ousted as king of Leinster by a coalition led by the High King, Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair (Rory O'Connor), and the King of Breffny, Tigernán Ua Ruairc (Tiernan O'Rourke). However, he was allowed to remain chief of his home territory, Uí Ceinnselaig (Hy-Kinsellagh). Diarmait fled Ireland and sought help from Henry II in regaining the kingship of Leinster. Henry gave Diarmait permission to recruit mercenaries and authorized his subjects to help Diarmait. In return, Diarmait was required to swear loyalty to Henry.[10] Several Marcher Lords agreed to help: Richard de Clare (also known as Strongbow), Robert FitzStephen, Maurice FitzGerald, and Maurice de Prendergast. Diarmait promised Strongbow his daughter Aoífe in marriage and the kingship of Leinster upon Diarmait's death. He promised Robert and Maurice the town of Wexford and two neighbouring cantreds. Under Irish law, Diarmait had no right to do this. Having secured their help, he returned to Uí Ceinnselaig in 1167 and awaited the arrival of the mercenaries.[11] On 1 May 1169, Robert FitzStephen and Maurice de Prendergast landed at Bannow Bay, on the south coast of Leinster, with a force of at least 40 knights, 60 men-at-arms and 360 archers.[12][13][14][15][16] This force merged with about 500 men led by Diarmait. They set about conquering Leinster and the territories Diarmait had claimed sovereignty over. First they besieged the Norse-Irish seaport of Wexford, which surrendered after two days. They then raided and plundered the territories of north Leinster, which had refused to submit to Diarmait.[17] They also raided the neighbouring kingdom of Ossory, defeating the forces of king Donnchad Mac Gilla Patraic (Donagh MacGillapatrick) in the battle of Achad Úr. However, Donnchad withdrew his forces to safety and remained defiant.[17]

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Maurice de Prendergast's Timeline

Prendergast Castle, Pembrokeshire, England
Age 25
Age 42
Enniscorthy Duffrey, Wexford, Ireland
Age 60
Kilimainham, Dublin, Ireland