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Maurice FitzGerald, 18th Knight of Kerry

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Maurice FitzGerald, 18th Knight of Kerry (29 December 1774 – 7 March 1849) was an hereditary knight and an Irish Whig politician.


Early life

Maurice FitzGerald was born on 29 December 1774 to Robert FitzGerald, 17th Knight of Kerry (1717–1781) and his third wife, Catherine Sandes, the daughter of Lancelot Sandes. Upon his fathers death in 1781, the seven year-old Maurice assumed the title of Knight of Kerry.


FitzGerald represented Kerry in the Irish House of Commons from 1795 until the Act of Union in 1801. He sat also for Tralee in 1800. Travelling in Belgium during the Waterloo Campaign of 1815, he brought news of the impending Battle of Waterloo from Ghent to London. He was appointed joint Civil Lord of the Admiralty from 1834 to 1835.

Personal life

On 5 November 1801, FitzGerald married Maria la Touche, the daughter of the Right Hon. David la Touche of Marlay in Dublin. Maria's brother was Peter La Touche (1775–1830), a Member of parliament in 1802–1806. Together, they had 10 children together:

  • Maurice FitzGerald (died 1836), unmarried.
  • David FitzGerald (died 1848), unmarried.
  • Robert FitzGerald (died 1835), married Ellen Hussey, eldest daughter Peter Bodkin Hussey of Farranikilla House, County Kerry.
  • Brinsley FitzGerald (died 1832), unmarried.
  • Sir Peter FitzGerald (1808–1880), who married Julia Hussey, another daughter of Peter Bodkin Hussey.
  • Stephen Edward FitzGerald (1816–?), who married Margaret Story, daughter of Rev. R. Story.
  • Elizabeth Emily FitzGerald (died 1860), married Cofton Thomas Vandeleur.
  • Maria FitzGerald
  • Gertrude FitzGerald (died 1828), unmarried.
  • Catherine FitzGerald, who married Colonel Edward Symes Bayly, the High Sheriff of Wicklow in 1837.
  • After Maria's death in 1829, he married the widow, Cecilia Maria Knight, who died in 1859.


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