Sir Adrian is the last in a long line of the Knights of Kerry. He gives a chronological description of the life of each Knight, speaking from the last estate of the Kerry Knights, on Valentia Island.
Sir Adrian James Andrew Denis FitzGerald, 6th Baronet, 24th Knight of Kerry (b. 24 June 1940) is a former Conservative politician in the UK.
He was educated at Harrow and was editor of the Monday World (a periodical of the Conservative Monday Club) from 1967 to 1974. He has also served as a Councillor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London from 1974 until his retirement in 2002, and as Mayor for 1984–85.
Sir Adrian has also served as Chairman of Anglo-Polish 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-euthenasia organisation Alert. Sir Adrian is a Knight of Malta, he is currently vice President of the Irish Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
He currently spends his time between his homes in London and Cappoquin, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland.
Sir Adrian FitzGerald, Bart., 24th Knight of Kerry, kindly addressed the League over dinner on the Conservative Monday Club and the history of the Knights of Kerry.
Sir Adrian began by telling of how the Monday Club, of which he was a founder-member, came into being as a result of the dissatisfaction being experienced with the policies of the Tory Party as it was in the 1960s. He outlined the Club's rise from half-a-dozen members to an influential group with many MPs as members. Sir Adrian, during this period, was editor of the Club's journal, Monday World which sought to introduce philosophical thought into right-wing politics. The (somewhat unexpected) radical policies of Margaret Thatcher, however, led to a decline in the influence of the Club by the 1970s. Sir Adrian quoted Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who described the Club as "the guardian of the Tory conscience."
Sir Adrian then outlined the history of the Knights of Kerry, the Green Knight, one of only two extant hereditary knighthoods in the United Kingdom. Some of the theories as to how these knighthoods came into existence were discussed, although it is not, as yet, definitive as to why they did and further research in this area is needed.
We are very grateful to Sir Adrian for taking the time to come up to Durham and for his speaking to us. His informative talk was most well received.
|(ii) Question by Councillor Coleman|
Will the Chair join me in congratulating Sir Adrian Fitzgerald, Bt., member of the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority from 1985 - 2000 and Leader of the Conservative Group of that Authority from 1994 -2000, on being admitted as an Honorary Alderman of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in recognition of his service as a Councillor of the Royal Borough from 1974 to 2002, including being Mayor, and in doing so note Sir Adrian's distinguished public service in London and particularly the contribution he has made in the area of fire?