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Kerry knighthood now stands alone

THE Knight of Glin's death on September 15 now leaves the Knight of Kerry — Sir Adrian Fitzgerald — as the last hereditary Knight in Ireland.

Also called the Green Knight, the Knight of Kerry is one of three Anglo-Irish hereditary knighthoods — along with the White Knight (Fitzgibbon/FitzGerald) and the Knight of Glin — which existed in Ireland since feudal times.

The 24th Knight of Kerry, Sir Adrian James Andrew Denis Fitzgerald, 6th Baronet, was born on June 24, 1940 is a Conservative Party politician in the UK, and former Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

A founder-member of the Conservative Monday Club in 1962, he was firstly editor of their newsletter, and from 1967-74 editor of their glossy magazine, Monday World. He has served as an elected councillor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London from 1974 until his retirement in 2002, as Mayor (1984–85), and as chairman of their education and libraries committees from 1995. In 1989-90 he was deputy leader of the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority.

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Sir Adrian has also served as chairman of AngloPolish Society for 1989–92, and is currently its president. He is vice chairman of the London Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society and a Patron of the Save Sloane Square campaign] and the anti-euthanasia organisation Alert.

He currently divides his time between his homes in South Kensington, London, and Cappoquin, County Waterford.