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Fitzgerald, Gerald [Garret, Gearóid], eleventh earl of Kildare (1525–1585), magnate, was born on 28 February 1525, the eldest son of Gerald Fitzgerald, ninth earl of Kildare (1487–1534), lord deputy of Ireland, and his second wife, Elizabeth Fitzgerald (1514–1548), noblewoman, daughter of Thomas Grey, ...

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Philip Howard [St Philip Howard], thirteenth earl of Arundel (1557–1595) by unknown artist reproduced by kind permission of His Grace the Duke of Norfolk. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Howard, Philip [St Philip Howard], thirteenth earl of Arundel (1557–1595), magnate and alleged traitor, was born on 28 June 1557 at Arundel House, the Strand, London, the only child of Thomas Howard, fourth duke of Norfolk (1538–1572), nobleman and courtier, and his first wife, ...

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O'Neill, Conn Bacach, first earl of Tyrone (c. 1482–1559), chieftain and magnate, was the youngest son of Conn More O'Neill (d. 1493), chieftain, lord of Tyrone, and his wife, Eleanor (d. 1497), daughter of Thomas Fitzgerald, seventh earl of Kildare, and his wife, ...

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Percy, Henry, eighth earl of Northumberland (c. 1532–1585), magnate and conspirator, was born at Newburn Manor, Northumberland, the younger son of Sir Thomas Percy (d. 1537), landowner and rebel, of Prudhoe, Northumberland, and his wife, Eleanor (d. 1567), daughter and coheir of ...