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Clare, Earl of (I, 1795 - 1864)


Creation: let.pat. 12 Jun 1795


Extinct: 10 Jan 1864


Family name: FitzGibbon




Ermine a Saltire Gules on a Chief Or three Annulets of the second


A Boar passant Gules bristled Or charged on the body with three Annulets Gold


Dexter: A Lion Gules;  Sinister: A Griffin Argent


 Nil admirari



John [FitzGibbon], 1st Baron FitzGibbon later 1st Viscount FitzGibbon later 1st Earl of Clare, PC

2nd but 1st surv. son and heir of John FitzGibbon, of Mount Shannon, co. Limerick, by his wife Eleanor Grove, dau. of John Grove, of Ballyhimmock, co. Cork




1 Jul 1786 Anne Whaley (d. 13 Jan 1844), 1st dau. of Richard Chapel Whaley, of Whaley Abbey, co. Wicklow, by his wife Anne Ward, dau. of Rev Bernard Ward


1. Hon John FitzGibbon, later 2nd Earl of Clare

2. Hon Richard Hobart FitzGibbon, later 3rd Earl of Clare

1. Lady Isabella Mary Anne FitzGibbon (b. 20 Jan 1795)


28 Jan 1802


6 Jul 1789 Baron FitzGibbon, of Lower Connello in the County of Limerick

6 Dec 1793 Viscount FitzGibbon, of Limerick in the County of Limerick

12 Jun 1795 Earl of Clare

24 Sep 1799 Baron FitzGibbon, of Sidbury in the County of Devon (Peerage of Great Britain)

suc. by



barrister, King's Inns, Dublin 1772; Member of Parliament for Dublin University 1778-83 and for Kilmallock 1783-89; Privy Councillor [I] 1783 and [GB] 1790; Attorney General for Ireland 1783; Lord Chancellor of Ireland 1789-1802; Vice Chancellor of the University of Dublin 1791-1802


John [FitzGibbon], 2nd Earl of Clare, KP GCH PC


10 Jun 1792


14 Apr 1826 Hon Elizabeth Julia Georgiana Burrell (b. 25 Mar 1793; dsp. 30 Apr 1879), 3rd dau. of Peter [Burrell], 1st Baron Gwydyr, by his wife Lady Priscilla Barbara Elizabeth Bertie, suo jure Baroness Willoughby de Eresby


s.p. 18 Aug 1851

suc. by



Governor of Bombay 1830-34; Privy Councillor 1830; GCH 1935; Knight of St Patrick 1845; Lord Lieutenant of co. Limerick 1848-51 and Custos Rotulorum of co. Limerick 1850-51


Richard Hobart [FitzGibbon], 3rd Earl of Clare


2 Oct 1793


11 Jul 1825 Diana Moore (former wife of Maurice Crosbie Moore; d. 29 Sep 1865), 1st dau. of Charles Brydges Woodcock, of Brentford Butts, co. Middlesex


1. Lieut Hon John Charles Henry FitzGibbon, styled Viscount FitzGibbon (b. 2 May 1829; dvp. 25 Oct 1854 at the Battle of Balaclava)

1. Lady Florence FitzGibbon CI (b. 12 Aug 1825; d. 4 May 1895), mar. 16 Aug 1847 John [Wodehouse], 1st Earl of Kimberley, and had issue

2. Lady Louisa Isabella Georgina FitzGibbon (d. 4 Jun 1898), mar. (1) 22 May 1847 Hon Gerald Normanby Dillon later FitzGibbon JP DL, of Mount Shannon, co. Limerick (b. 21 Nov 1823; d. 3 Jan 1880), 6th son of Henry Augustus [Dillon], 13th Viscount Dillon, by his wife Henrietta Browne, sister of Dominick [Browne], 1st Baron Oranmore and Browne, and 1st dau. of Dominick Geoffrey Browne MP, of Castle Macgarrett, co. Mayo, and (2) 2 May 1882 General the Marquis della Rochella, of Palermo, Sicily, Italy, and had issue by her first husband

3. Lady Eleanor Sophia Diana FitzGibbon (d. 1915), mar. 24 Apr 1856 as his first wife (div. 1866) Francis William Henry Cavendish (b. 6 Feb 1820; d. 12 Jan 1893), 1st son of Gen Hon Henry Frederick Compton Cavendish MP (by his second wife Frances Susan Howard, widow of Col Hon Henry Frederick Howard, sister of John George [Lambton], 1st Earl of Durham, and 1st dau. of William Henry Lambton MP, of Lambton, co. Durham), 3rd son of George Augustus Henry [Cavendish], 1st Earl of Burlington, and had issue


s.p.m.s. 10 Jan 1864


Member of Parliament (Whig) for co. Limerick 1818-41; Usher and Registrar of Affidavits in the Irish Court of Chancery 1810-36; Lord Lieutenant of co. Limerick 1831-48 and 1851-64


On the death of the 3rd Earl of Clare the Earldom of Clare became extinct.


 First written 31 Oct 2004



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