Irish Hereditary Knights

There are three Irish hereditary knights, feudal dignities which were conferred upon the FitzGerald family: The Knight of Kerry (the Green Knight), The Knight of Glin (the Black Knight), and The White Knight.

The Knight of Kerry was created a baronet in 1880 and the title is extant. The last Knight of Glin, Desmond FitzGerald, the distinguished architectural historian, died without leaving a male heir in 2011. The last of these, whose surname became fixed as FitzGibbon, is dormant, though there is a claimant.

How to address an Irish Hereditary Knight

The recommended (social) style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter

Dear Knight

End of letter

Yours sincerely

Envelope

The Knight of Glin/Sir Adrian FitzGerald, Bt, The Knight

Verbal communication

Knight

Invitation

The Knight of Glin

Joint invitation* & joint form of address

The Knight of Glin and Madam FitzGerald

Description in conversation

The Knight of Glin

List of Directors or Patrons

The Knight of Glin

Place card

The Knight of Glin

*Note that, traditionally, invitations to a married couple, when sent to their home address, are addressed to the wife alone, with both names being inscribed on the invitation card. It has become increasingly acceptable, however, to address the envelope with both names.

Wife of an Irish Hereditary Knight

She is addressed as the wife of an Irish Chieftain, with 'Madam' before her surname.

 

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