The family of Richard "Strongbow" de Clare and Aoife MacMurrough
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  His Parents:   Her Parents:
   Gilbert de CLARE   Diarmait King of LEINSTER
   Isabel de BEAUMONT   Mor ?
Richard "Strongbow" de CLARE Aoife MacMURROUGH
Married 26/08/1171 Waterford, Ireland
Bd ~1130 Bd  ~1145
Bp   Bp  
Dd 20/04/1171 Dublin Dd  ~1188
Bur   Bur  
Occ   Occ   
 Their Children:
1   Isabel Bd  ~1172
2   Gilbert Bd  ~1173



In 1168 Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster, driven out of his kingdom by Turlough O'Connor, High King of Ireland with the help of Tiernan O'Rourke, came to solicit help from Henry II. He was pointed in the direction of Richard and other Marcher barons and knights by King Henry, who was always looking to extend his power in Ireland. Diarmuid secured the services of Richard, promising him the hand of his daughter Aoife and the succession to Leinster. An army was assembled that included Welsh archers. The army, under Raymond le Gros, took Wexford, Waterford and Dublin in 1169 and 1170, and Strongbow joined them in August 1170. The day after the capture of Waterford, he married MacMurrough's daughter, Aoife of Leinster.

The success was bittersweet, as King Henry, concerned that his barons would become too powerful and independent overseas, ordered all the troops to return by Easter 1171. However, in May of that year, Diarmuid died, and Strongbow claimed the kingship of Leinster in the right of his wife. The old King's death was the signal of a general rising, and Richard barely managed to keep Roderick out of Dublin. Immediately afterwards, Richard hurried to England to solicit help from Henry II, and in return surrendered to him all his lands and castles. Henry invaded in October 1172, staying six months and putting his own men into nearly all the important places, and assumed the title Lord of Ireland. Richard kept only Kildare, and found himself again largely disenfranchised.

Richard was the 2nd Earl of Pembroke.

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