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Henry FitzRoy (2 May 1807 – 17 December 1859) was a British politician of the mid-nineteenth century.

Henry FitzRoy
Fitzroy family grave City of Westminster Cemetery, Hanwell.JPG
Fitzroy's family grave at City of Westminster Cemetery, Hanwell.
Under-Secretary of State
for the Home Department
In office
28 December 1852 – 30 January 1855
Prime MinisterThe Earl of Aberdeen
Preceded bySir William Jolliffe, Bt
Succeeded byHon. William Cowper
First Commissioner of Works
In office
18 June 1859 – 17 December 1859
Prime MinisterThe Viscount Palmerston
Preceded byLord John Manners
Succeeded byHon. William Cowper
Personal details
Born(1807-05-02)2 May 1807
Died17 December 1859(1859-12-17) (aged 52)
Spouse(s)Hannah Rothschild
FitzRoy family grave, City of Westminster Cemetery, Hanwell.


Early lifeEdit

Born into the family of the Dukes of Grafton, he was a great-great grandson of King Charles II. He was second son of Lieutenant-General George FitzRoy, 2nd Baron Southampton, by his second wife Frances Isabella, daughter of Lord Robert Seymour. Charles FitzRoy, 3rd Baron Southampton, was his elder brother.[1] His grandparents were Charles FitzRoy, 1st Baron Southampton and Anne Warren, daughter and co-heir of Adml. Sir Peter Warren and a descendant of the Schuyler family, the Van Cortlandt family, and the Delancey family, all from British North America.


FitzRoy was returned to Parliament for Great Grimsby in 1831, a seat he held until 1832,[2] and later represented Lewes between 1837 and 1841 and between 1842 and 1859.[3] He was appointed Civil Lord of the Admiralty from 1845-1846. He served under the Earl of Aberdeen as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department between 1852 and 1855 and under Lord Palmerston as First Commissioner of Works between June and December 1859. In 1855 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[4]


FitzRoy married Hannah, daughter of Nathan Mayer Rothschild, in 1839. They had two children, Arthur Frederic FitzRoy (1842–1858), and Caroline Blanche Elizabeth FitzRoy, who married the artist Sir Coutts Lindsay, Bt. Hannah died on 2 December 1864, aged 49.


FitzRoy died on 17 December 1859 and is buried at City of Westminster Cemetery, Hanwell along with his wife.

References and sourcesEdit

  1. ^ Rt. Hon. Henry FitzRoy
  2. ^ House of Commons: Gorbals to Guildford
  3. ^ House of Commons: Leicester to Lichfield
  4. ^ "No. 21660". The London Gazette. 9 February 1855. p. 470.

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