Fitzgerald's father, the 7th earl, was a prominent Yorkist and deputy to the lord‐lieutenant of Ireland on several occasions. Fitzgerald was continued as deputy by Edward IV, Richard III, and Henry VII, and was effectively ruler of Ireland. In 1487 he and his brother Thomas supported Lambert Simnel: the earl is said to have crowned him in Dublin and Thomas Fitzgerald was killed fighting for him at Stoke. Nevertheless, Fitzgerald gained a pardon. In 1505 he was given the Garter, and Henry VIII continued him in his post. Fitzgerald was killed in a skirmish at Lemyvanna, King's County.
Subjects: British History.