Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Fitzgerald (Knight of Glin)

The Knight of Glin is a title which was in existence for six centuries, borne by a branch of the Fitzgerald family who have been settled at Glin, county Limerick since the 14th century. In the 19th century the estate of the Knight of Glin was in the parish of Kilfergus, barony of Shanid, county Limerick and it amounted to 5,268 acres in the 1870s. At the same time the Reverend Richard Fitzgerald of Ballydonohue owned 403 acres. In the early 1840s William O'Leary was agent to the Glin estate. The Compton interest in the lands of Glin and other county Limerick lands was advertised for sale in March 1852. The Fitzgeralds still reside at Glin and Desmond Fitzgerald, the 29th and last Knight of Glin who died in 2011, was a well known authority on the Irish country house and its contents. Some estate papers are now in the University of Limerick but most of the family archives were destroyed in 1860.

Associated Families


Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Ballydonohoe Ballydonohoe Kilfergus Glin Glin 78 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R091 474
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 64
Caharagh House Caheragh Kilfergus Glin Glin 78 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R138 481
OS Sheet: 18
Discovery map: 64
Glin Castle Glin Demesne Kilfergus Glin Glin 78 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R122 473
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 64
Westwood Glin Demesne Kilfergus Glin Glin 78 Shanid Limerick OSI Ref: R116 470
OS Sheet: 17
Discovery map: 64
Riddlestown Park Riddlestown Doondonnell Rathkeale Riddlestown 132 Connello Lower Limerick OSI Ref: R331 436
OS Sheet: 19
Discovery map: 64

Archival sources

  • Pedigree of Fitzgerald, Knight of [Glyn], c.1600-1700. Genealogical Office Ms. 162, 133. ; National Library of Ireland
  • Rowan Papers: Copy of deed of entitlement by Thomas Fitzgerald, Knigh of Glin re his estate in the barony of Shanid, 1781. D.26,669. ; National Library of Ireland
  • The Glin Papers. P/1; University of Limerick: Special Collections and Information Services, Glucksman Library
  • Lease of Ballyquiltenane, Lower Connello, Co Limerick, Knight of Glin to John Riedy of Riddlestown, 27 Nov 1800. Fred Sutton solicitor's collection, Small Accessions Index 1/698, D.16333; National Archives of Ireland
  • Deeds, testamentary, legal & miscellaneous records including documents re the Knight of Glin, mainly 19th century. A.Lane Joynt solicitor's collection, Small Accession Index 51, Co.965-990, M.353-363, D.5534-5753, T.1176-1198; National Archives of Ireland
  • Encumbered Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Fitzgerald & Compton, 13 Mar 1852, Vol 4 (13), MRGS 39/006, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Landed Estates’ Court Rentals (O’Brien), Putland, 11 Mar 1865, Vol 75 (56), MRGS 39/037, (microfilm copy in NUIG); National Archives of Ireland
  • Pedigree of FitzGerald, Knight of Glynn, c 1275-1937. GO MS 171:261-264; National Library of Ireland
  • Salmon day book, Glin, Apr 1862-1870. MS 16,857; National Library of Ireland
  • Rowan Papers: copy of deed of settlement by Thomas Fitzgerald, Knight of Glin re his estate mainly in the barony of Shanid, Co Limerick, 10 Apr 1781. D 26,669; National Library of Ireland
  • Papers re estate at Glin, Co Limerick of Desmond J. Fitzgerald Knight of Glin, including reference to Land League activities, 19th century. M.5541; National Archives of Ireland
  • Land Judges Court sale rental for property at Ballydonohoe, Co Limerick, estate of Gerald Fitzgerald, 8 June 1894. M.5518; National Archives of Ireland
  • An Act for vesting the Estates of John Fitzgerald Esquire, commonly called The Knight of Glinn, situate in the County of Limerick, in Trustees, for raising, by Sale or Mortgage, Monies sufficient to pay off Incumbrances, 1801. HL/PO/PB/1/1801/41G3n221 ; Parliamentary Archives
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parish of Glin, barony of Shanid, 1943.; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources