Dudley FitzGerald-de Ros, 24th Baron de Ros

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The Baron de Ros
KP KCVO
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The 24th Baron de Ros
Lord-in-Waiting
In office
1886–1892
Preceded by The Lord Camoys
Succeeded by Not replaced
Lord-in-Waiting
In office
1885–1886
Preceded by The Lord Methuen
Succeeded by The Lord Methuen
Personal details
Born Dudley Charles FitzGerald-de Ros
11 March 1827
Brighton, England
Died 29 April 1907(1907-04-29) (aged 80)
Old Court, County Down
Military service
Service/branch British Army
Rank Colonel
Unit 1st Life Guards

Lieutenant-General Dudley Charles FitzGerald-de Ros, 24th Baron de Ros of Helmsley, KP, KCVO (11 March 1827 – 29 April 1907) was a soldier, courtier and the premier Baron of England.[1]

He was the son of William FitzGerald-de Ros and Lady Georgiana Lennox. He was born in Brighton.

He purchased a commission as cornet and sub-lieutenant in the 1st Life Guards on 7 February 1845, succeeding Viscount Seaham,[2] and a lieutenancy on 5 May 1848 when Seaham retired.[3] He purchased a captaincy on 31 October 1851, succeeding Thomas Myddelton Biddulph,[4] and on 30 August 1859, he purchased a commission as major and lieutenant-colonel upon the retirement of James Hogg.[5] He was breveted colonel on 30 August 1864.[6] FitzGerald-de Ros retired on half-pay on 29 May 1872.[7]

The 24th Baron was Equerry to the Prince Consort from 1853–1861, and then to Queen Victoria from 1861–1874. He was also a Conservative Party Lord in Waiting from 1874–1880, 1885–1886, and 1886–1892.

He married firstly to Lady Elizabeth Egerton (5 July 1832 – 14 March 1892), daughter of Thomas Egerton, 2nd Earl of Wilton, in Heaton, Lancashire, on 12 October 1853, then to Mary Geraldine Mahon (died 28 December 1921), daughter of Sir William Mahon, 4th Baronet, in London on 14 January 1896. By his first wife, he had one daughter:

The 24th Baron had no children by his second wife. He died in Old Court, County Down.

References[edit]

  • "de Ros, Baron (Maxwell) (Baron E 1264)." Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage 1995. London: Debrett's Peerage Limited, 1995. pp. 362–363.
  • Ducal House of Leinster
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Lurgan
Lord-in-Waiting
1874–1880
Succeeded by
The Earl of Listowel
Preceded by
The Lord Methuen
Lord-in-Waiting
1885–1886
Succeeded by
The Lord Methuen
Preceded by
The Lord Camoys
Lord-in-Waiting
1886–1892
Succeeded by
Not replaced
Military offices
Preceded by
Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar
Colonel of the 1st Life Guards
1902–1907
Succeeded by
The Lord Grenfell
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William FitzGerald de Ros
Baron de Ros
1874–1907
Succeeded by
Mary Dawson