Henry FitzGerald, 12th Earl of Kildare

FitzGerald, Henry, 12th Earl of Kildare, second son of preceding, was born in 1562. He was called "Henry na Tuagh" — "of the battle-axes." Espousing the Anglo-Irish side in the wars with Hugh O'Neill, he was wounded in a skirmish on the Blackwater, July 1597. Brought to Drogheda, he died there on 30th September (aged about 35) from the effects of the wound and through grief for the death of his two foster-brothers, O'Conors, who had been slain by his side. He was buried in St. Bridget's Cathedral, Kildare. His wife was Lady Frances Howard, daughter of the Earl of Nottingham.


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