Robert De Barry

De Barry, Robert, an Anglo-Norman knight who distinguished himself in the invasion of Ireland. He was grandson of Nesta. [See NESTA.]

In 1169 he accompanied his uncle FitzStephen in the expedition to Ireland, and nearly lost his life in the assault on Wexford.

His bravery obtained for him the cognomen of “Barrymore.”

He fell in battle at Lismore in 1185.

His brother, Giraldus Cambrensis, styles him “a young knight, that for his worthiness cared not for his life, and was rather ambitious to be really eminent than to seem so. The less he coveted honour, the more it clung to him.”

He speaks of another brother, Philip de Barry, who obtained large estates in Ireland, as “ man of prudence and courage.”


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