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Richard FitzGilbert de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembro (b. 1130, d. 20 Apr 1176)Richard FitzGilbert de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembro (son of Gilbert Strongbow FitzGilbert de Clare, 1st Earl and Isabella of Meulan) was born 1130, and died 20 Apr 1176 in Dublin, Ireland.He married Aoife MacMurrough, daughter of Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster.
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Richard FitzGilbert de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke1 (M)
b. circa 1130, d. 20 April 1176, #104656
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Richard FitzGilbert de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke was born circa 1130.2 He was the son of Gilbert Strongbow FitzGilbert de Clare, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Isabella of Meulan.2 He married Aoife MacMurrough, daughter of Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster, circa 26 August 1171. He died on 20 April 1176.
Richard FitzGilbert de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke also went by the nick-name of Richard 'Strongbow' de. He gained the title of 2nd Earl of Pembroke.1
Child of Richard FitzGilbert de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke and Aoife MacMurrough
Isabella de Clare, Countess Strigoil+ b. b 1173
Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (1130 – 20 April 1176), known as Strongbow, was the son of Gilbert de Clare, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Isabel de Beaumont.
De Clare was an Anglo-Norman lord notable for beginning the Norman conquest of Ireland. His father Gilbert died when he was about eighteen years old, and he inherited the title Earl of Pembroke, but not at that stage his father's lands in the Welsh marches.
When Diarmuid MacMorrough, King of Leinster, sought help from King Henry II to regain his kingdom, he was pointed in the direction of Richard de Clare and other Welsh Marches barons and knights, together with Welsh archers -- hence the name "Strongbow". (It is as a result of Welsh settlers remaining behind after this expedition that certain Irish surnames such as "Walsh" and "Wogan" are said to originate.) This army took Wexford, Waterford and Dublin in 1169 and 1170, and Strongbow joined them in August 1170. The day after the capture of Waterford, he married MacMorrough's daughter Aoife of Leinster. When MacMorrough died, Strongbow claimed the kingship of Leinster in the right of his wife. Henry II was concerned about his barons' new lands in Ireland and summoned them back to England in 1171 to extract their fealty and to prepare for his own invasion of Ireland that year to create the lordship of Ireland. In 1173, Henry's sons rose against him in Normandy; Strongbow's support for Henry led to him being made Henry's governor of Ireland. Richard also held the title of Lord Marshal of England.
Strongbow died of an infection in his foot in 1176 during a rebellion by the Irish and was buried in Dublin - his tomb can be viewed in Christ Church Cathedral. He left a young son Gilbert who died in 1185 while still a minor, and a daughter Isabel. King Henry II promised Isabel in marriage to William Marshal together with her father's lands and title. Strongbow's widow, Aoife, lived on to 1188, when she is last found in a charter.
Name Birth Death Notes
By Aoife of Leinster (Eva MacMurrough) (1145–1188), married 29 August 1170, daughter of Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster, and More O'Toole.
Isabel de Clare 1172 1240 m. Aug 1189, Sir William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, Lord Marshal, son of John Fitz Gilbert, Marshal (Marechal) of England, and Sibylla of Salisbury.
Gilbert de Striguil (Chepstow), 3rd Earl of Pembroke 1173 1185 Inherited title from father but died as a minor. The title then went to his sister's husband on marriage.
By an unknown mistress
Basile de Clare 1156 1203 m. , 1172, Robert de Quincy. m.  1173, Raymond Fitz William/Carew, Constable of Leinster. m.  1188, Geoffrey Fitz Robert, Baron of Kells.
Children of Richard FitzGilbert de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembro and Aoife MacMurrough are:
- +Isabella Eva de Clare, Countess Strigoil, b. 1173, d. 1220, Tintern Abbey.