Fitzgibbon family genealogy

Arms: Erm. a saltire gu. on a chief ar. three annulets of the second. Crest: A boar pass. gu. charged on the body with three annulets fessways ar.

Thomas, sirnamed “The Great,” a younger brother of Gerald who is No. 5 on the “Fitzgerald” (No. 2) pedigree, was the ancestor of Fitzgibbon.[1]

5. Thomas, lord of O’Connello: son of Maurice Fitzgerald.

6. John, called “John of Callan:” son of Thomas; was twice married—by his first wife, Margaret FitzAnthony (or MacAnthony) this John was ancestor of the Earls of Desmond; was killed at Callan, near Kenmare, in battle with the MacCarthy’s, A.D. 1261.

7. Gilbert (or Gibbon): his son; a quo Fitzgibbon; obtained from Thomas (an-Apa) Fitzgerald, Meine and other lands in Limerick.

8. Maurice: son of Gilbert; was called “the White Knight;” fought at Halidon Hill, A.D. 1333; built the church of Kilmallock, and enlarged the Dominican Monastery there, in which, in 1357, he was buried; his younger brother Gilbert was the ancestor of MacGibbon of Maboonagh.

9. Maurice (2): son of Maurice; had a younger brother named David, and two sisters.

10. Gibbon: son of Maurice (2); was called Mac-an-tSean Ridire or “The son of the Old Knight.”

11. Thomas (2): his son.

12. Maurice (3): his son.

13. Gibbon (3): his son.

14. Gerald: his son.

15. David: his son.

16. Maurice (4): his son; had an elder brother Gerald, whose son Edmond was killed in rebellion with Desmond in 1584, and attainted. This Maurice died in 1601.

17. Gibbon (4): his son; had a younger brother named Gerald; is mentioned in various Inquisitions between 1601 and 1641.

18. David: second son of Gibbon; his elder brother was Maurice. This David was a captain in the service of King Charles I.; and was transplanted by Oliver Cromwell in 1653.

19. Maurice (5): son of David, by his second wife Joanna Butler; had two brothers and three sisters: the brothers were—1. John, who died in 1731; 2. Thomas; the sisters were—1. Ellen, married to Morgan Ryan, of Silver Grove, co. Clare; 2. Catherine, married to Henry Power of Tikencor, county Waterford; 3. Margaret, who died unmarried.

20. Philip: second son of Maurice; Will dated 26th Jan., 1734: had an elder brother named Gibbon.

21. Gerald (2): fourth son of Philip; had three elder brothers and two sisters: the brothers were—1. Robert, of Castle Grace, co. Tipperary, who died unmarried, in 1772; 2. Maurice, of Castle Grace, who died unmarried, in 1793; 3. John, of Youghal, living in 1796: the sisters were—1. Ellen, married to — Prendergast; 2. Alice, who was twice married—first, to Kelso, and secondly to — Allen.

22. Philip: second son of Gerald. This Philip had five brothers and one sister: the brothers were—1. Robert, who d. in 1817; 2. Robert, who died in 1832; 3. William, who died in 1868; 4. Gerald, who died in 1844; 5. Thomas, who died in 1868. The sister, Mary Anne, married Walter Paye, of Kilworth, county Cork.

23. Maurice Fitzgibbon, of Crohana House, Kilkenny: son of Philip; living in 1878; was twice married—by the first wife he had four sons and five daughters: the sons were—1. Philip-John; 2. Maurice; 3. Arthur; 4. Richard; the daughters were—1. Elizabeth-Anne; 2. Blanche; 3. Edith; 4. Isabel-Geraldine; 5. Ellen. The issue by the second wife was John Brenton, born in 1876.

24. Philip-John Fitzgibbon: son of Maurice; born in 1858; living, himself and brothers and sisters above named A.D. 1878.


[1] Fitzgibbon: According to Burke, Gerald, the first White Knight, was fostered by Gibbon O’Cunine, of Thomond, and was therefore sometimes called Gibbon, whence the name Fitz-Gibbon and Clan-Gibbon. The first White Knight was descended from Gerald, son of John, the eldest son of John, son of Thomas Fitzgerald, lord of Decies and Desmond, by his second wife, Honora, daughter of The O’Conor Don. His father, by virtue of his royal seignory as a Count Palatine, created him a Knight, as well as his brothers, the Knight of Glyn, and the Knight of Kerry. Maurice Fitzgibbon, the fourteenth and last known White Knight, d. s.p., temp. Charles I.