Desmond, Gerald Fitzgerald, 15th earl of

Desmond, Gerald Fitzgerald, 15th earl of dĕz´mənd [key], d. 1583, Irish nobleman. He spent his life fighting Thomas Butler, 10th earl of Ormonde , 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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