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Industrialist, Businessman

IrishBorn Katherine FITZGERALD

Irish heiress, being the only child of Sir John FitzGerald of Dromana, County Waterford

Born on August 22, 1660 in Villierstown, County Waterford, Ireland

Died on December 25, 1725 in London, England

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Katherine FitzGerald was born in August 1660 at Dromana House, Villierstown, County Waterford, Ireland, the only child and heiress of Sir John FitzGerald, Lord of Dromana and Decies, and Katherine Le Poer (died 22 August 1660), daughter of John Le Poer, 5th Baron Le Poer and Ruth Pypho.

The lords of Dromana had managed to keep their lands intact through the Cromwellian settlements. This was due to their Protestant religion, and the marriage of Katherine's aunt, Lettice to Parliamentarian Major Richard Franklyn, who protected the family's interests.


Katherine inherited the entire Dromana estate on 1 March 1664, at the age of three, upon the death of her father, who was the son of Sir Gerald FitzGerald, Lord of Dromana and Decies, and Mabel Digby. Katherine's mother had died shortly after her birth; and her stepmother Helen McCarthy had not produced offspring. Being only a minor, Katherine's guardians were King Charles II of England, and her maternal uncle, Richard Le Poer, 6th Baron Le Poer of Curraghmore (later the 1st Earl of Tyrone) (1630- 14 October 1690).

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