Another version for the Adair records.
From Burke's Dormant & Extinct Peerages, 1969 edition.
Fitzgerald - Earls of Desmond.
Gerald FitzMaurice, 4th Earl of Desmond, called "Gerald the poet," who disappeared in 1398.He m. in 1359, Eleanor, dau. of James, 2nd Earl of Ormonde, and by her (to whom her father gave the barony of Inchiquin in Imokilly) had issue three sons and two daus., viz.,
1.John FitzGerald, of whom presently.
2.Maurice FitzGerald, d.s.p. 1410.
3.James FitzGerald, who s. as 7th Earl.
1.Joan, m. Marice FitzJohn, Lord of Kerry.
2.Catherine, m. John FitzThomas, ancestor of MacThomas of Knockmone.
The eldest son,
John FitzGerald, 5th Earl of Desmond, m. Joan, dau. of Roche, Lord Fermoy, was drowned in 1399, at Ardfinnan, on the Suir, and was buried at Youghal.His only son was,
Thomas FitzJohn, 6th Earl of Desmond.
This unfortunate nobleman was deprived of his earldom, in 1418, and d. in exile, at Rouen, 10 August 1420.
His misfortunes arose from his imprudent marriage with Catherine, dau. of William MacCormac of Abbeyfeale, one of his own dependents.
This alliance was looked upon by his clan as so great a degradation that he was at once deprived of his earldom, and forced to fly.
It is said that, by his wife, he left two sons, Maurice, ancestor of the FitzGeralds of Adare and Broghill, and John Claragh, who d. 1452.He was s. by his uncle.
James FitzGerald, 7th Earl of Desmond, called "James the Upsurper," who, however, was not acknowledged as earl till 1422, but in 1420, was, by James, Earl of Ormonde, made Seneschal of Imokilly, Inchiquin, and the town of Youghal.He m. Mary, dau. of Ulick or William FitzRickard Burke (MacWilliam Eighter) and had issue.
In Burke's Landed Gentry of G.B. & Ireland, 1858 edition under "Adair of Bellegrove" -
.......The family account proceeds to state that his (6th Earl of Desmond's) grandson,
Robert, returning to Ireland, with the hope of regaining his family title and estates, killed Gerald, the White Knight (2nd son of Gerald, the then Earl of Desmond) in single combat, at Athdare (Ford of the Oaks), co. Limerick, but was subsequently defeated, and fled to Scotland, where he assumed the name of Adaire.