House of Burke

The House of Burke Irish: de Búrca; Latinised to de Burca or de Burgo is the name given to the clan of the Anglo-Norman family at one time known as de Burgh

The first of the family to come to Ireland was William de Burgh c1160-1204, a Norman adventurer and knight who settled in Ireland in 1185 He was the elder brother of Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent and Justiciar of England1

The later Anglo-Irish de Burghs the Earls of Ulster, Lords of Connaught, and Earls of Clanricarde descend from William de Burgh

The "Burke" surname is one of the most common in Ireland and England, particularly in north Munster and Connacht The name derives from "burg" or "burgh", meaning fort, and is of Norman origin


  • 1 Earls of Ulster
  • 2 See also
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Earls of Ulsteredit

The Earls of Ulster who belonged to this family were

  • Walter de Burgh, 1st Earl of Ulster
    • Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster
      • John de Burgh
        • William Donn de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Ulster
          • Elizabeth de Burgh, 4th Countess of Ulster, who married Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence; thus, the Earldom of Ulster passed into the House of Plantagenet

See alsoedit

  • Burke
  • Earl of Ulster
  • Mac William Íochtar
  • Clanricarde
  • Burke Civil War 1333-38
  • The Book of the Burkes 1580s
  • Earl of Clanricarde
  • Lord of Connaught
  • Viscount Mayo
  • Earl of Mayo
  • Edmund Burke
  • Burke's Peerage
  • Theobald Burke
  • Irish nobility
  • Burke Baronets of Glinsk


Burke: People and Places, Eamonn Bourke, 1995 ISBN 0-946130-10-8


  1. ^ C A Empey, ‘Burgh, William de d 1206’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004

External linksedit

 Round, John Horace 1911 "Burgh" In Chisholm, Hugh Encyclopædia Britannica 4 11th ed Cambridge University Press 

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