Gerald Fitzwalter DE WINDSOR
- Born: 1069, Windsor, Berkshire, England
- Marriage: Nesta Verch RHYS
- Died: Bef 1136
Another name for Gerald was Of PEMBROKE.
Constable of Pembroke Castle
Gerald of Windsor (b. @ 1070)
Gerald of Wales writes about his grandfather's (Gerald of Windsor) triumph at Pembroke Castle when it was besieged by the Welsh in 1094. He managed to fool them into abandoning the siege and he saved the colony when all seemed lost. He cut the garrisons last meat , four hogs, into quarters and hurled it over the walls at the besieging Welsh. The next day he had a letter, saying that reinforcements were due, deliberately found by the Welsh. It was enough to convince them to abandon their siege. The king took the castle of Pembroke from the Montgomerys, into his own hands in 1102. He entrusted "Dyfed and the castle" to a knight called Saer, who, in 1105, was dismissed, and replaced by Gerald of Windsor.
It is stated in Pembroke Castle (King and Charles) that Gerald rebuilt the castle at a place now universally identified as Cilgerran. They also refer to Gerald's castle as being a slender fortress of turf and stakes. And this appears to have been the form of the castle through the ownership of Gilbert fitz Richard who conquered Ceredigan in 1110, and his son Gilbert, created Earl of Pembroke in 1138. (Gilberts son Richard, Strongbow, succeeded as 2nd Earl of Pembroke in 1148) The modern stone castle dates from William Earl Marshall in 1189.
Gerald married Nest, the legendary daughter of the Prince of South Wales, in about 1100, with the object of giving himself and his troops a firmer foothold in the country. They had a number of children - including three sons, Maurice, William and David , plus a daughter, Angharet (who married William de Barri, and was the mother of Gerald of Wales). The main Fitzgerald line came from Maurice's children who became the Earls of Desmond and of Kildare. The Grant line came from the youngest of their sons, David, the Bishop of St Davids. He is described as a greedy man, ambitious and a despoiler of his bishopric. He was involved in the politics of the invasion of Ireland.
David's son Miles who took part in the invasion, and was rewarded with the title Baron of Iverk, plus extensive lands in the south of Co. Kilkenny. The other descendants of Nest in Ireland came from Mieler fitz Henry, Nesta's grandson through a union with Henry I whilst Nesta was being held hostage. Plus Robert fitz Stephen, son of Nesta's second marriage to Stephen, Constable of Cardigan Castle. The descendants of Nest's various unions went to Ireland to become the FitzGeralds, the Earls of Desmond, the Earls of Kildare, and many of the early Barons and landowners in Ireland, including the Grants. Nest died in 1136, and as she was married to Stephen after Gerald's death and bore further children, we can assume that Gerald died between 1120 and 1130. And given that his youngest son David Fitzgerald was appointed bishop in 1148, and that Nest continued to produce children by Stephen, then we can conclude that he must have died about 1120.
Gerald married Nesta Verch RHYS, daughter of Rhys Ap Tudor MAWR and Gwladys Verch RHIWALLON. (Nesta Verch RHYS was born in 1073 in Wales and died in 1136.)