|Birth: ||1145, Ireland|
|Death: ||1188, Wales|
This memorial is dedicated to my ancestor Aoife MacMurrough,
She also known as Aoife of Leinster.
She was the daughter of Dermot MacMurrough King of Leinster, and his wife Mor O'Toole.
On 29 August 1170, following the Norman invasion of Ireland that her father had requested, she married Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, better known as Strongbow, the leader of the Norman invasion force, in Christchurch Cathedral, Waterford. She had been promised to Strongbow by her father who had visited England to ask for an invasion army. He was not allowed to give his daughter away, as under Early Irish Law Aoife had the choice of whom she married, but she had to agree to an arranged marriage.
Under Anglo-Norman law, this gave Strongbow succession rights to the Kingdom of Leinster. Under Irish Brehon law, the marriage gave her a life interest only, after which any land would normally revert to male cousins; but Brehon law also recognised a transfer of "swordland" following a conquest. Aoife conducted battles on behalf of her husband and is sometimes known as Red Eva (Irish: Aoife Rua). She had two sons with her husband Richard de Clare the first son she named after her late father, Dermott MacMurrough, King of Leinster. and a daughter Isabel who married William Marshal 1st Earl of Pembroke
A life-size statue of her sits at Carrickfergus Castle, with a plaque describing her as "thinking of home."
According to the article of
A Serendipitous Discovery at Tintern Abbey by Catherine Armstrong, Aoife was buried in Tintern Abbey with her children.
Dermott Mac Morrough (1110 - 1171)
Richard de Clare (1130 - 1176)
Isabel De Clare (1172 - 1220)*
Domnall Caomanac (1128 - 1175)*
Aoife MacMurrough (1145 - 1188)
Maintained by: A.D.L
Originally Created by: Mad
Record added: Aug 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57584505
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