27 Feb 2006

San Francisco Builder is Pretender to Irish Dukedom

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Paul Fitgerald, a San Francisco construction manager, claims that he is the descendant of an heir believed killed in the trenches in WWI, but who actually emigrated to North America. If he is able to establish his claim Paul Fitzgerald would become 9th Duke of Leinster, and first peer of Ireland.

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eddie fitzgerald

I would like to get in touch with Paul Fitzgerald, Can you help?



Joseph Sylvester Downing

The recognised head of the Fitzgerald family has suffered enough! I sincerely wish him the very best.
What is to be gained by riding rough-shod over the down-throdden 9th duke? If the American feels he really is the rightful duke, he could start by showing true nobillity and letting the matter rest. After all, half of Europe can show royal or noble ancestry but choose not to advertise.



Joseph Sylvester Downing

The recognised head of the Fitzgerald family has suffered enough! I for one sincerely wish him the very best.
What is to be gained by riding rough-shod over the down-throdden 9th duke? If the American feels he really is the rightful duke, he could start by showing true nobillity and letting the matter rest. After all, half of Europe can show royal or noble ancestry but choose not to advertise.



bob caudill

ive been following this story for awhile there is more to it, i cant wait until they finish it and the public and can find out the rest of the story



David Smith

The DNA evidence merely shows that he is likely to be a descendant of, or descendant of a close relative of, Lady Hermione Duncombe, later Duchess of Leinster, wife of the 5th Duke. This is similar, but not the same, as proving descent from the 5th Duke. It is descent from the Duke that would indicate right to the Dukedom. Since that cannot be done either by documents, or by DNA in the male line (at that time), his claim must fail, whereas the recognised heir presumptive, Lord John Fitzgerald, merely has to demonstrate descent from the 8th Duke, which he clearly can.



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