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Henry FitzGerald, 12th Earl of Kildare

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Name  Henry 12th
Died  August 1, 1597
Aunts  Mary Browne

Parents  Mabel Browne, Countess of Kildare
Cousins  Henry Grey, 1st Baron Grey of Groby, Margaret Grey, Frances Grey, Jane Grey, Elizabeth Grey
Grandparents  Anthony Browne, Alice Gage
Great-grandparents  John Gage, Philippa Guildford

Henry FitzGerald, 12th Earl of Kildare (1562 – 1 August 1597) was an Irish peer and soldier.



Kildare was the son of Gerald FitzGerald, 11th Earl of Kildare and Mabel Browne.

Military career

Nicknamed Henry "na Tuagh", or Henry "of the Battleaxes", he fought against the Spanish invaders in Ireland in 1588. In 1597 he helped quell the Earl of Tyrone's uprising in Ulster, where he was mortally wounded.


Kildare married Frances, daughter of Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham and Katherine Carey, in 1589. They had no sons and Kildare was succeeded by his brother William FitzGerald, 13th Earl of Kildare. He had at least two surviving daughters:

  • Bridget, (c. 1590 – died between 1661 and 1683), married firstly Rory O'Donnell, 1st Earl of Tyrconnell, and secondly Nicholas Barnewall, 1st Viscount Barnewall and had children in both marriages.
  • Elizabeth. who married Luke Plunkett, 1st Earl of Fingall, when he was Baron Killeen. She died in London in 1611, whereas her widowed husband married three more times and became Earl of Fingall in 1628.
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    Henry FitzGerald, 12th Earl of Kildare Wikipedia

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