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Fitzmaurice (Earl of Kerry)

Thomas Fitzmaurice, 1st Earl of Kerry (1668 - 16 March 1741), was the son of William FitzMaurice, 20th Baron of Kerry and Lixnaw. He married Anne Petty, the daughter of scientist and philosopher Sir William Petty and Elizabeth Waller, Baroness Shelburne, in 1692. The 1st Earl of Kerry had two younger brothers, William of Gallane, county Kerry, ancestor of the Fitzmaurices of Springfield Castle, county Limerick and John who had an only child Anne who married her cousin of Springfield Castle. In 1703 William Fitzmaurice of Gullane, county Kerry, bought the estate of Sir John FitzGerald in the barony of Connello, county Limerick for £5,008. Francis, the 3rd Earl of Kerry was mostly an absentee landlord, his estates being administered by agents including Christopher Julian. Dickson writes that he sold much of his Kerry estates to Richard Hare in the 1780s. With his death in 1818 the connection between the Earls of Kerry and Lixnaw came to an end. The title was inherited by the Marquis of Lansdowne of Derreen, county Kerry who owned 1,526 acres in county Limerick in the 1870s.

Houses

Name Townland Civil Parish PLU DED Barony County Map Ref
Derreen Derreen Tuosist Kenmare Ardea 54 Glanarought Kerry OSI Ref: V772587
OS Sheet: 108
Discovery map: 84
Springfield Castle Springfield Killagholehane Newcastle Broadford 104 Glenquin Limerick OSI Ref: R349 227
OS Sheet: 54
Discovery map: 72
Old Court [Lixnaw House] Lixnaw Kilcaragh Listowel Clanmaurice Kerry OSI Ref: Q891291
OS Sheet: 15
Discovery map: 63

Archival sources

  • Papers relating to the family of T. Fitzmaurice, the Earl of Kerry. Fonds. T. Cote (1-3, 8), 18th century. [Microfilm copies at National Library of Ireland N.1087-8, P.176-7, n.6388-6392, P.7392-7396]; Archives Nationales, Paris
  • Rental of the Locke estate [formerly the estate of the Earl of Kerry], 1801 & 1824. M.3284, M3286. ; National Archives of Ireland
  • Survey of the estates of the Earl of Kerry, 1762-63. Additional Ms. 17,507. Copy at National Library of Ireland, n.779, p.505. ; British Library
  • Case of Thomas, Lord Kerry, v Henry Munroe, relating to lands at Knocklegane, parish of Duagh, county Kerry, 1711. House of Lords Mss. IX (1949), 96. ; King's Inn Library
  • Copy of a survey of the estate of Thomas, Lord Kerry, in the baronies of Clanmaurice, Iraghticonnor & Trughanacmy, 18th century. Ms.U/121/1; University College Cork, Boole Library Archives
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey file for parishes of Dromcollogher & Broadford, Barony of Glenquin & of Dromcollogher, barony of Connello Upper, 1944. Limerick West 7 & 11; Limerick Studies Department, Dooradoyle
  • Irish Tourist Association Survey, 1942-43: Parish of Lixnaw (Old Court); Kerry Library, Local History & Archives Section

Contemporary printed sources

Modern printed sources