William Fitzwilliam, 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam

William FitzWilliam, 3rd Earl FitzWilliam (15 January 1719/20 – 10 August 1756) was a British peer, nobleman, and politician.

The Earl FitzWilliam
3rd Earl Fitzwilliam
PredecessorJohn Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam
SuccessorWilliam Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam
Born(1720-01-15)15 January 1720
Died10 August 1756(1756-08-10) (aged 36)
Marholm
NationalityBritish
Spouse(s)Lady Anne Watson-Wentworth
Issue8 (including Lady Charlotte Fitzwilliam and William Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam)
ParentsJohn Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam
Anne Stringer

Biography edit

He was the son of John Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam by his wife Anne, daughter of John Stringer of Sutton cum Lound, Nottinghamshire. His sister Anne was later second wife to Francis Godolphin, 2nd Baron Godolphin.[1]

He succeeded his father as third Earl Fitzwilliam in the Peerage of Ireland on 28 August 1728.[2] He was elected Member of Parliament for Peterborough on 4 May 1741,[3] and sat until he was created Baron Fitzwilliam in the Peerage of Great Britain on 19 April 1742. He was made a Member of the Irish Privy Council on 6 June 1746,[4] and further created Earl Fitzwilliam in the Peerage of Great Britain on 6 September 1746.[2]

Marriage and issue edit

On 22 June 1744 at St George's, Hanover Square, Lord Fitzwilliam was married to Lady Anne Watson-Wentworth, daughter of the Earl of Malton. Lord Malton was later created Marquess of Rockingham; Lady Anne's brother was the future Prime Minister Charles Watson-Wentworth. Lord and Lady Fitzwilliam had two sons and six daughters:[5]

Lord Fitzwilliam died at Marholm at the age of thirty-six and was succeeded as Earl by his son William. His widow Lady Fitzwilliam died on 29 August 1769.[11]

References edit

  1. ^ "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages – Peerages beginning with "F" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)
  4. ^ "Privy Council of Ireland". Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages. Archived from the original on 7 June 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ "FITZWILLIAM, William, 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam [I] (1720-56). | History of Parliament Online". historyofparliamentonline.org. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  6. ^ a b Lodge's Peerage of Ireland (1789) vol. 2, p. 181.
  7. ^ The Register of Births & Baptisms in the Parish of St James within the Liberty of Westminster Vol. IV. 1741-1760. 16 April 1745.
  8. ^ Debrett's Peerage (1820) p. lxxxvii
  9. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine (1835) vol. 4, p. 662.
  10. ^ The Register of Births & Baptisms in the Parish of St James within the Liberty of Westminster Vol. IV. 1741-1760. 11 March 1756.
  11. ^ "Person Page".
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl Fitzwilliam
1746–1756
Succeeded by
New creation Baron Fitzwilliam
1742–1756
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by Earl Fitzwilliam
1728–1756
Succeeded by