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Surname FitzEustace
First Name Edward
Dating 1355?
Location Old Kilcullen
Life dates +25 Oct 1454
Title of Castlemartin, Kilcullen, Co.Kildare,
and of Harristown, some distance E of Kilcullen, Co.Kildare
High Sheriff of County Kildare in 1421, 1423, 1425, 1426 and 1430,
appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1431 when he went to report to the child Henry VI,
in 1446 Castlemartin was unsuccessfully attacked by Irish tribesmen under O'Connor Faly,
Lord Deputy of Ireland 1452-53 and 1454
Close relatives wife - Alicia
Sir Thomas FitzEustace, of Castlemartin
Rowland FitzEustace, Baron Portlester (born c.1430) of Castlemartin, lived at Harristown, Co.Kildare
Type of the object Tomb effigy
Place of manufacturing
(place of burial)
Old Kilcullen
Place of exposition St. John's Parish church, Ballymore Eustace, County Kildare, Ireland
Date of manufacturing  

Effigy of a FitzEustace knight, St.John's CoI church, Ballymore Eustace, Co.Kildare.
[Tickell, 1955] says there is some evidence that this is Sir Edward FitzEustace (died 1454) but some authorities date it to a later period. e.g. The OPW sign at the site (see full size) says it is early 1500s.
This effigy was formerly at Old Kilcullen and was later moved to Ballymore Eustace

1782 sketch by Austin Cooper of the above effigy. At which time it was in Old Kilcullen.
Note, probably by Albert Damer Cooper, says that the effigy is "supposed to be Sir Rowland Eustace or Gerald Earl of Kildare"

The tomb, which features a damaged figure of a knight, may have been made for Richard, son of Sir Roland FitzEustace, Baron Portlester and Lord of Castlemartin or for Thomas, Lord of Castlemartin. Under the tomb was a vault in which eleven skeletons were found, and this remains in situ

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