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ElizabethP

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PostSubject: Richard's Irish Roots   Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:03 pm

Did you know that Richard was part Irish? It's past St. Paddy's day but worthy of discussion. Richard Duke of York was the son of Anne Mortimer. Her father Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March was the eldest son of Philippa Plantagenet daughter of Lionel, Duke of Clarence and Elizabeth de Burgh, 4th Countess of Ulster. She was born at Carrickfergus Castle near Belfast. She was a descendent of William de Burgh and his wife, the daughter of the King of Thomond, Domnall Mór mac Toirrdelbach Ua Briain (Donald the Great, O'Brien) who himself was a descendent of Brian Boru.
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PostSubject: Re: Richard's Irish Roots   Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:59 pm

I ahdn't heard that one. I know he was descended form a Welsh princess with the rather wonderful name of Black Agnes.
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PostSubject: Re: Richard's Irish Roots   Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:00 pm

Does it count that his brother George was born in Dublin?

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PostSubject: Re: Richard's Irish Roots   Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:40 am

Uh, no. That doesn't make you Irish. In today's parlance that would make it the equivalent of being born on a RAF base in Germany.
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