St.Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Situation: Individual Tree
Visited and photographed on: 03-Sep-09
Height: 14 m Girth: 6.2 m
Associated with a noted person
'The Silken Thomas Yew'.
Thomas FitzGerald was the son of Gerald Fitzgerald, (Gearód Óg Fitzgerald) the Ninth Earl of Kildare and Lord Deputy of Ireland, and they lived in Maynooth Castle.
In 1534 Thomas mistakenly thought that his father had been executed in the Tower of London, and he revolted against Henry VIII by attacking Dublin Castle, while his supporters wore a silk ribbon on their helmets - thus the nickname, Silken Thomas. He was eventually overwhelmed in his castle in Maynooth, and having been assured of his safety, he asked pardon of the King. He is reputed to have played his lute beneath the boughs of the tree that now bears his name, on the night before his surrender. Despite the music, he and his five uncles were executed in Tyburn in 1537.