John FitzGerald, 18th Earl of Kildare

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John FitzGerald, 18th Earl of Kildare (1661 – 9 November 1707), styled Lord Offaly until 1664, was an Irish peer.


Kildare was the son of Wentworth FitzGerald, 17th Earl of Kildare, and Lady Elizabeth, daughter of John Holles, 2nd Earl of Clare. He succeeded his father in the earldom in 1664.[1]

Political career

Kildare was returned to the English House of Commons for Tregony in 1694, a seat he only held until the following year.[1][2]


File:Elizabeth Jones, Countess of Kildare, by Willem Wissing (ca 1656-1687).jpg
Elizabeth Jones, Countess of Kildare, as a shepherdess (Willem Wissing, ca. 1684)

Kildare married firstly, Mary, daughter of Henry O'Brien, Lord O'Brien. They had one child, Henry FitzGerald, Lord Offaly (1683–1684), who died as an infant. After Mary's death in November 1683, aged 21, Kildare married secondly, Lady Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Jones, 1st Earl of Ranelagh, on 12 June 1684. There were no children from this marriage. Kildare died in November 1707 and was succeeded in the earldom by his first cousin, Robert FitzGerald, 19th Earl of Kildare. The Countess of Kildare died in April 1758.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Hugh Fortescue
Sir John Tremayne
Member of Parliament for Tregony
With: Hugh Fortescue
Succeeded by
Francis Robartes
James Montagu
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Wentworth FitzGerald
Earl of Kildare
Succeeded by
Robert FitzGerald