Sunday, October 24, 2010
Richard de Clare, Strongbow
Richard de Clare, better known as Strongbow, was one of my father's ancestors.
Richard de Clare and Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leicester, Ireland, made an
agreement to take Dermot's daughter in marriage and later inherit the title
in return for helping to drive the Danes out of Leinster. He He was known
as Strongbow, 2nd Earl of Pembroke. He was often called Earl of Striguil,
Justiciar of Ireland. He was also known as Richard Fitz Gilbert.
He was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland. He was
born circa 1130. Richard escorted the Princess Maud to the Continent
for her marriage to the Duke of Saxony in 1168. Richard sailed from
Milford Haven, landing near Waterford on 23 Aug 1170, capturing that place
and later marched on Dublin, the chief Danish stronghold, which also fell
on 23 Aug 1170. He After the death of Dermot he faced rebellion from the
Irish and the jealousy of Henry II of England. It was agreed he would do
homage to Henry II and accept Leinster in fee after 1 May 1171. He married
Eva MacMurrough, daughter of Dermot MacMurrough, circa 26
Aug 1171 at Waterford, Leinster, Ireland. He Joining the king in Normandy
he was granted custody of Ireland at Rouen in 1173. He He invaded Munster,
was forced back by the Irish, but did gain undisputed supremacy in Leinster
in 1174. He died on 20 Apr 1176 at Dublin, Leinster, Ireland.
Richard and Eva (or Aoife)'s daughter Isabel married William the Marshall. Thru Eva, the family line goes back to Brian Boru.