|Husband:||Gerald of WINDSOR (1070-1136)|
|Wife:||Nest verch RHYS (1073-aft1136)|
|Children:||Hawise + of WINDSOR (1090- )|
|Maurice FITZGERALD (1100-1177)|
|William FITZGERALD (c. 1192-1173)|
|David FITZGERALD (c. 1194- )|
|Angharad of WINDSOR (c. 1196- )|
|Name:||Gerald of WINDSOR|
|Father:||Walter + FITZOTHO DE WINDSOR (1037-1099)|
|Mother:||Gwladus +verch RHIWALLON (1041-1139)|
|Birth||1070||Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales|
|Occupation||Constable of Pembroke Castle|
|Death||1136 (age 65-66)|
|Name:||Nest verch RHYS|
|Father:||Rhys + ap TEWDWR (1027-1093)|
|Mother:||Gwladus +verch RHIWALLON (1041-1139)|
|Birth||1073||Dynevor, Llandyfeisant, Carmartheshire, Wales|
|Death||aft 1136 (age 62-63)|
|Name:||Hawise + of WINDSOR|
|Spouse:||Walter + HASTINGS (1068-1100)|
|Birth||1090||Hastings, Sussex, England|
|Occupation||Lord of Llansteffan|
|Death||1 Sep 1177 (age 76-77)|
|Death||1173 (age -20--19)|
|Occupation||Archdeacon of Cardigan and Bishop of St. David's|
|Name:||Angharad of WINDSOR|
|Spouse:||William of BARRY (c. 1201- )|
Gerald de Windsor, also known as Gerald FitzWalter, was the nobleman in charge of the Norman forces in Wales in the late 11th century. Notably, he was the progenitor of the FitzGerald dynasty, one of the most celebrated families of Ireland and Great Britain. The FitzGeralds are a Hiberno-Norman or Cambro-Norman dynasty, and have been Peers of Ireland since at least the 14th Century.
Gerald was the son of Walter FitzOtho, Constable of Windsor Castle, and Gwladys ferch Ryall. Gerald married the Welsh Princess Nest of Deheubarth, daughter of Prince Rhys ap Tewdwr and Gwladys ferch Rhiwallon, around c. 1095.
Gerald held the office of Constable of Pembroke Castle from 1102, was granted the manor of Moulsford in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) by the King and built a motte and bailey castle at Carew in Pembrokeshire.
He had five children by Nest:
William (died 1173), Father of Raymond FitzGerald and Isabella Le Gros md William De Haya Wallenisis.
Maurice FitzGerald (born c. 1100, died 1 September 1176) and
David FitzGerald, Bishop of St David's (died c. 1176),
Angharad - married William Fitz Odo de Barry
In 1109, Nest was "abducted" by a cousin, Owain ap Cadwgan. According to Brut y Tywysogion, Owain and his men infiltrated the couple's home (assumed by historians to be Cilgerran Castle) and set fire to the buildings. When Gerald was woken by the noise, Nest advised him to escape by climbing out through the privy hole. Owain then seized Nest and her children and carried her off. However, some sources suggest that she went with him willingly.
Gerald's influence was such that Owain and his father soon lost much of their territory of Powys as a result of Owain's actions. Owain himself was obliged to go into exile in Ireland. When he returned, in 1116, Gerald hunted him down and killed him.
Gerald's Son William had a daughter named Isabella Le Gros whom married William De Haya Wallenisis and had David Walensis and Philip Walensis. David and Philip where considered The Welshman and the starting of the Welsh/Walsh (Philip) Walensis/Wallace (David) going from Scotland to Ireland. Philip Walensis had a son named Howell of Welsh Walensis. Howell of Welsh Walensis had a son named Griffin Geoffory of Welsh Walensis. Griffin Geoffory of Welsh Walensis had a son named Roger of Welsh whom married Maud Waulip.
Roger of Welsh whom married Maud Waulip son was William Walsh: William Walsh son was Robert Le Walsh: Robert Le Walsh son was John Le Walsh: John Le Walsh son was: Robert Le Walsh: Robert Le Walsh son was Thomas Walsh: Thomas Walsh son was John Walsh: John Walsh son was Adam Walsh: Adam Walsh son was John Walsh: John Walsh son was John Walshe of Olveston whom married Elizabeth Forster.
Nest ferch Rhys (died after 1136) was a Welsh princess of Deheubarth who was renowned for her beauty. Nest was the daughter of Prince Rhys ap Tewdwr by his wife, Gwladys ferch Rhiwallon. Her brother was Gruffydd ap Rhys - Prince of Deheubarth. After her father's death in 1093, Deheubarth was conquered by the Normans and King Henry I of England appointed himself her protector. Nest is thought to have borne him a son, Henry FitzRoy (1103-1158).
She is also known to some historians as Nesta.
Around 1095 King Henry decided to marry Nest to one of his followers, Gerald de Windsor, whom he appointed Constable of Pembroke. Consequently, Nest is the maternal progenitor of the FitzGerald dynasty, one of the most celebrated families of Ireland and Great Britain (they are a Hiberno-Norman or Cambro-Norman dynasty, and have been Peers of Ireland since at least the 14th Century). Nest and Gerald had five children:
William FitzGerald (died 1173) who was the father of
Isabella Le Gros who married William De Haya Wallenisis.
Maurice FitzGerald, Lord of Llansteffan (died 1 September 1177) who was the father of
Gerald FitzMaurice, 1st Lord of Offaly
David FitzGerald, Archdeacon of Cardigan and Bishop of St David's
Angharad de Windsor, who married William FitzOdo de Barry (William de Barry) and was the mother of
Philip de Barry who founded Ballybeg Abbey at Buttevant in Ireland
Robert de Barry
Edmond de Barry
Gerald of Wales the historian
A daughter (possibly Gwladys), who was the mother of
Milo de Cogan
Nest's granddaughter Isabella Le Gros married William De Haya Wallenisis and had David Walensis and Philip Walensis. David and Philip where considered The Welshman and the founders of the family Walsh/Welsh of Kilkenny where they built a Castle known as Castle hale of Kilkenny, Ireland. Philip Walensis had a son named Howell of Welsh Walensis. Howell of Welsh Walensis had a son named Griffin Geoffory of Welsh Walensis. Griffin Geoffory of Welsh Walensis had a son named Roger of Welsh whom married Maud Waulip. Roger of Welsh who married Maud Waulip's son was William Walsh: William Walsh's son was Robert Le Walsh: Robert Le Walsh's son was John Le Walsh: John Le Walsh's son was: Robert Le Walsh: Robert Le Walsh's son was Thomas Walsh: Thomas Walsh's son was John Walsh: John Walsh's son was Adam Walsh: Adam Walsh's son was John Walsh: John Walsh's son was John Walshe of Olveston who married Elizabeth Forster.
 Abduction and illegitimate issue
During Christmas 1109, Nest and her husband were visited by her cousin, Owain ap Cadwgan, son of Cadwgan ap Bleddyn, Prince of Powys. The story goes that Owain was so taken with Nest's beauty that he and fifteen companions attacked the castle of Cenarth Bychan (possibly Cilgerran Castle or Carew Castle, both in Pembrokeshire), seized Nest, and carried her and her children off. Tradition also has it that Gerald escaped by jumping down the garderobe (i.e. the lavatory chute) to get away. The children were later returned to Gerald. Nest is said to have borne Owain two sons, Llywelyn and Einion, before finally being returned to her husband.
This abduction earned Nest the nickname "Helen of Wales" because it led to civil war on a small scale. Owain ap Cadwgan left the country to avoid retribution, whilst Owain's father, Cadwgan ap Bleddyn, lost his own lands. Gerald waited for Owain to return to Wales, then ambushed and killed him in combat as retribution for kidnapping his wife and children.
 Second liaison and illegitimate issue
After Gerald's death, Nest became the lover of Stephen, Constable of Cardigan, by whom she had another son, Robert Fitz-Stephen who died in 1182. With his half-brother Maurice, he captured the town of Wexford (see Siege of Wexford). They were granted joint custody of the town.
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