Notes for Gerald de Windsor: http://www.dcs.hull.ac.uk/cgi-bin/gedlkup/n=royal?royal05171 de Windsor, Gerald, Constable of Pembroke Ctl
Died: BEF 1136
Father: FitzOther, Walter, of Windsor, Keeper of the Forrest
Mother: , Beatrice
Married to , Nest, Princess of Deheubarth
Child 1: Fitzgerald, William Child 2: de Windsor, Maurice Fitzgerald, b. 1100 Child 3: Fitzgerald, David, Bishop of St. Davids Child 4: Fitzgerald, Angharad
--------------------------- Fitzgerald. This is one of the great families which came to Ireland as part of the Anglo-Norman invasion. The Fitzgeralds are all said to have descended from Maurice Fitzgerald who accompanied STRONGBOW on his invastion of Ireland in 1170. The "Geraldines" settled in the two southern provinces of Leinster and Munster. MAURICE FITZGERALD b.c.1130? d.1177 as mentioned above, was the son of Gerald of Windsor, constable of Pembroke in Wales, and Nesta, Princess of Wales. Nesta was the dau. of Thys ap Griffyd ap Tudor Mawr, Prince of South Wales. Maurice Fitzgerald helped STRONGBOW secure Dublin for the English and in 1172 was appointed by Henry II, warden of the city under Hugh de Lacy. In 1176 he was made a grant of the barony of Offaly and the territory of Offelan, comprising the present towns of Maynooth and Naas. He died 1177, the following Year. (From "The Noble Dwellings of Ireland" by John FitzMaurice Mills. p.131 - GLIN CASTLE, GLIN, co. LIMERICK
1. Gerald f. Maurice f. Gerald was the head of all hospitality and valour; and of gifts and largesse, the most profuse that in his own time was in Ireland. he was justiciary of Ireland; a man to whom both Gall and Gael of Ireland submitted; and at the period of his death the Age of Christ was years 1205.
Walter fitz-Otho Geraldini married Gladys, daughter of Prince Rywallon of North Wales. Their sons chose the name de Windsor as their surname from the estates on which they were born and raised. One of their sons, Gerald de Windsor, married the famous Nesta, daughter of Rhys ap Tewdyr, Prince of South Wales. But it was warfare that first took Gerald to Wales. Henry I had appointed him Constable of the great castle of Pembroke (near present day Milford Haven), which had been built by Arnulf Montgomery and was the most important for/tress in South Wales. Gerald was also placed in charge of the Norman forces fighting the Welsh. In 1094, he won distinction by his gallant defense of the castle when the Welsh laid siege.
Gerald, to make himself and his dependents more secure, married Nesta in 1095, the sister of Gruffuyd, Prince of South Wales. They had an illustrious family by whom the ports of Wales were reduced to ruins, and Ireland was afterwards stormed. By his marriage, Gerald obtained possession of a considerable territory in Wales as Nesta's dowry. He built for its defense a castle at Carew, of which ruins still remain.
(Born A.D. 1070 in Windsor, Berkshire, England; died before A.D. 1136)
Gerald fitzWalter (or Gerald of Windsor), the second son of Walter fitzOther, was appointed by Henry I to be Constable of Pembroke Castle and Pres. of Pembroke County.
In A.D. 1095, Gerald of Windsor married Nesta, daughter of Rhys ap Tudor Mawr (Prince of South Wales). Gerald and Nesta had four children:
William fitzGerald, whom Giraldus Cambrensis expressly calls "Williamus primaevus". William succeeded to Carew Castle, and was ancestor of the family of Carew. William, the father of Raymond le Gros, died in A.D. 1173. Maurice fitzGerald, Lord of Maynooth and Baron of Naas, who who was born in A.D. 1100 in Windsor, Berkshire, England, and died on 1 Sep 1176 in Wexford, Irreland. David fitzGerald, Bishop of St. David's in A.D. 1147, who died in A.D. 1176. Bishop David fitzGerald granted the stewardship of the bishopric to his brother, Maurice fitzGerald, in 1175. The stewardship of the bishopric remained in the same family for at least three generations.117 Angharat (a daughter) who married William de Barri, to whom she bore Giraldus Cambrensis, the historian, and Philip de Barri, Lord of Manobier. Philip married a woman of the Baskerville family and had three sons: William de Barri, b. circa 1176, who inherited the title Lord of Manobier. David de Barri, who lived in Ireland. Giraldus de Barri, Archdeacon of Brecon (the same title held previously by his uncle Giraldus de Barri or Giraldus Cambrensis).