Maurice FitzGerald, Lord of Lanstephan

Maurice FitzGerald, Lord of Maynooth, Naas, and Llanstephan[1] (born: Windsor Castle c.1105 – September c.1176 Wexford, Ireland. He was a medieval Anglo-Norman baron and a major figure in the Norman Invasion of Ireland.[2]

Maurice FitzGerald
Maurice FitzGerald, Lord Lanstephan.jpg
A drawing of Maurice FitzGerald from a manuscript of the Expugnatio Hibernica, an account of the 1169 invasion of Ireland written in 1189 by Maurice's nephew, Gerald of Wales.
Bornc. 1105
Died1 September 1176
TitleLord of Maynooth, Naas, and Lanstephan
Wars and battlesBattle of Crug Mawr
Siege of Wexford
Norman Invasion of Ireland
IssueThomas FitzMaurice
Gerald FitzMaurice
William FitzMaurice
Maurice FitzMaurice
Alexander FitzMaurice
Robert FitzMaurice
Nest Fitzmaurice
ParentsGerald FitzWalther Gerald de Windsor
Nest ferch Rhys

Wars in Wales and IrelandEdit

Llansteffan Castle

A Welsh Marcher Lord, Lord Lanstephan fought, along with his older brother William, and half-brother Robert FitzStephen, constable of Cardigan, under Robert FitzMartin at the Battle of Crug Mawr in Wales in 1136.

Llansteffan Castle overlooks the River Tywi estuary where it enters Carmarthen Bay. It was captured by Maredudd ap Gruffydd in 1146 against the forces of Maurice FitzGerald and his brother William, Lord of Emlyn who were the leading Norman settlers of the region. The castle was retaken by the Normans in 1158.[3]

Diarmait Mac Murchada (Dermot MacMurrough), the deposed King of Leinster who had been exiled by the High King of Ireland, sought Cambro-Norman assistance to regain his throne. Lord Lanstephan participated in the resulting 1169 Norman invasion of Ireland. He assisted his younger half-brother Robert Fitz-Stephen in the Siege of Wexford (1169). His nephew Raymond was Strongbow's second-in-command and had the chief share both in the capture of Waterford and in the successful assault on Dublin in 1171. Lord Lanstephan and his son's the Fitzmaurices also fought in this battle.[2]

Marriage and issueEdit

Maurice FitzGerald (Lord Llanstephan) is sometimes said to have married Alice, a supposed daughter of Arnulf de Montgomery. There is no evidence that Arnulf left any descendants, however, and the claim that a daughter of his married FitzGerald dates no earlier than the 19th century.[4] Maurice FitzGerald's children were:

Lord Llanstephan's second eldest son, Sir Gerald Fitzmaurice (the 1st Lord of Offaly) was the progenitor of the FitzGerald Earls of Kildare and Dukes of Leinster.

The original Earldom of Desmond in the province of Munster was based on landholdings belonging to the descendants of Maurice's eldest son Thomas FitzMaurice, Lord OConnello. Thomas's son John FitzMaurice FitzThomas, who was killed in the Battle of Callann, became the first Baron Desmond. Others from this line include the Knights of Glin and Knights of Kerry.


Maurice FitzGerald was the second son of Gerald FitzWalter known as Gerald de Windsor, Constable of Pembroke Castle by his wife, Nest ferch Rhys, Princess of Deheubarth and a member of the Welsh royal House of Dinefwr.


  1. ^ FitzGerald
  2. ^ a b Cokayne 1890
  3. ^ Lloyd, Thomas; Orbach, Julian; Scourfield, Robert (2006). Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. London: Yale University Press. pp. 331–332. ISBN 0-300-10179-1.
  4. ^ Thompson 2004. See also: Chandler 1989, p. 12 footnote 80. See also: Curtis 1921, pp. 123–124, 123 footnote 11. See also: Graves 1869, pp. 460–461 pedigree a. See also: Fitzgerald 1858, p. 10. See also: Paul 1906, pp. 421–422.