Desmond, Gerald Fitzgerald, 15th earl of

Desmond, Gerald Fitzgerald, 15th earl of

(dĕz`mənd), d. 1583, Irish nobleman. He spent his life fighting Thomas Butler, 10th earl of OrmondeOrmonde, Thomas Butler, 10th earl of,
1532–1614, Irish nobleman. Brought up at the English court, he was the first of his family to embrace Protestantism.
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, who represented English interests. He was twice imprisoned in London, but returned both times to continue his struggle. In 1579 he was proclaimed a traitor, and after four years of rebellion, he was captured and killed.
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