Duke of Grafton

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Dukedom of Grafton
Coronet of a British Duke.svg
Blason Henri Charles FitzRoy (1663-1690), 1er Duc de Grafton.svg
Creation date 11 September 1675
Created by Charles II of England
Peerage Peerage of England
First holder Henry FitzRoy
Present holder Henry FitzRoy, 12th Duke
Heir apparent Alfred FitzRoy, Earl of Euston
Remainder to heirs male of the body of the grantee
Subsidiary titles Earl of Euston
Viscount Ipswich
Baron Sudbury

Duke of Grafton is a title in the Peerage of England. It was created in 1675 by Charles II of England for his second illegitimate son by the Duchess of Cleveland, Henry FitzRoy. The most famous duke was probably Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, who served as Prime Minister in the 1760s.

The Duke of Grafton holds three subsidiary titles, all created in 1672 in the Peerage of England: Earl of Euston, Viscount Ipswich, and Baron Sudbury. Between 1723 and 1936 the Dukes, being descended from the 1st Duke's wife Isabella FitzRoy, 2nd Countess of Arlington, also held the titles Earl of Arlington, Viscount Thetford and Baron Arlington. Those titles fell into abeyance between the 9th Duke's sisters, with the abeyance of the barony of Arlington being ended in 1999.

The title of the Dukedom refers to the Honour of Grafton in the southeast of Northamptonshire, the titular village now being called Grafton Regis. The family seat is Euston Hall in Suffolk. The traditional burial place of the Dukes of Grafton is the parish church of Saint Genevieve in Euston, Suffolk.

The Duke's eldest son is styled by courtesy Earl of Euston, and the eldest son of the Earl Viscount Ipswich.

Dukes of Grafton (1675)[edit]

Arms of the Dukes of Grafton
Other titles (all): Earl of Euston, Viscount Ipswich and Baron Sudbury (1672)
Other titles (2nd–9th Dukes): Earl of Arlington and Viscount Thetford (1672), Baron Arlington (1664), Baron Arlington (1672)

The heir apparent is the present holder's son, Alfred James Charles FitzRoy, Earl of Euston (b. 2012).[3]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Falk, Bernard. The Royal Fitz Roys; Dukes of Grafton through Four Centuries. Hutchinson, 1950.