John de Bermingham, 1st Earl of Louth was an Irish peer. He was the commander of the Anglo-Irish army in the Battle of Faughart, the decisive battle in the Irish Bruce Wars 1315–1318. In this battle, Edward Bruce was killed, and Bermingham had Bruce's severed head 'salted in a chest' and transported to England to be put on display before Edward II. He was briefly Viceroy of Ireland in 1321.
Bermingham married a daughter of Richard Óg de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster, and with her had a son and four daughters.
Created Earl of Louth in 1319 as a reward for service against the Scottish, he was later killed in the Braganstown Massacre of 1329, along with some sixty members of his family and household, when his Earldom of Louth became extinct. In 1749 the earldom was created again for a collateral descendant, Thomas Bermingham, 1st Earl of Louth, but it became extinct again on his death in 1799.
Robert de Bermingham of Tethmoy, Offaly, fl. 1172. | |______________________________________________________________ | | | | Meyler of Tethmoy, d. 1211. Maurice fitz Gerald = Eva? or, a son? | | | | Peter of Tethmoy, d. 1254. Eva de Bermingham | |_______________________________________________________________________________________ | | | | | | | | James of Tethmoy Andrew of Castleconnor, d. 1291. Maurice of Dunmore, fl. 1254 Meyler de Bermingham, d. bef. 1275 | | | | Peter, d. 1308 Margaret | |_________________________________________________ | | | | | | | | | | John, d. 1329. Robert Peter James William, died 1322. =Avelina de Burgh d. 1329 d. 1329 d. 1329. =? | | |______________________________ | | | | Walter de Bermingham | | | Richard Maud Catherine d.s.p. =Sir Wm. Teeling =Edm. Lacy 1322
- O'Mahony, Charles (1912). The Viceroys of Ireland. p. 27.
- The Bermingham Family of Athenry, Hubert T. Knox, Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, volume ten, numbers iii and iv, 1916-17.
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