John Fitzgeoffrey

John FitzGeoffrey, Lord of Shere and Justiciar of Ireland (1205? in Shere, Surrey, England – 23 November 1258) was an English nobleman.

John FitzGeoffrey
Arms of John FitzGeoffrey.
Quarterly, or and gules, a border vair.[1]
Shere, Surrey,
Kingdom of England
Died(1258-11-23)23 November 1258
Spouse(s)Isabel Bigod
FatherGeoffrey Fitz Peter, 1st Earl of Essex
MotherAveline de Clare

John Fitz Geoffrey was the son of Geoffrey Fitz Peter, 1st Earl of Essex and Aveline de Clare, daughter of Roger de Clare, 2nd Earl of Hertford and his wife Maud de Saint-Hilaire.

He was appointed Justiciar of Ireland, serving from 1245 to 1255.[2]

He was not entitled to succeed his half-brother as Earl of Essex in 1227, the Earldom having devolved from his father's first wife. He was the second husband of Isabel Bigod, daughter of Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk and his wife Maud Marshal of Pembroke. They had six children, one being Maud who married William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick.


Note: The males took the FitzJohn surname ("fitz" means "son of").

  1. John FitzJohn of Shere (?–1275). Married Margary, daughter of Philip Basset of Wycombe (?–1271).
  2. Richard FitzJohn of Shere (?–1297). Lord FitzJohn 1290. Married as her first husband, Emma (?-1332).
  3. Maud FitzJohn (? – 16/18 April 1301). Married firstly to Gerard de Furnival, Lord of Hallamshire (?–1261). Married secondly to William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick, son of William de Beauchamp of Elmley, Worcestershire and his wife Isabel Mauduit. Had issue.
  4. Isabel. Married Robert de Vipont, Lord of Westmorland (?–1264). Had issue.
  5. Aveline (1229–1274). Married Walter de Burgh, Earl of Ulster (1230–1271). Had issue, including Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster who in turn married Margaret de Burgh, by whom he had ten children.
  6. Joan (? – 4 April 1303). Married Theobald le Botiller. Had issue, from whom descend the Butler Earls of Ormond.


  1. Foster, p. 87.
  2. O'Mahony, Charles (1912). The Viceroys of Ireland. p. 22.


  • Foster, Joseph. (1995). The Dictionary of Heraldry: Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees.

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