Rosa Frederica Baring FitzGeorge

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Rosa Frederica Baring FitzGeorge (9 March 1854 - 10 March 1927), was the second daughter of Mr. William Henry Baring, J.P. and Elizabeth Hammersley, of Norman Court in West Tytherley, Hampshire, England. She was a descendent of the famous Sir Francis Baring of the 18th Century English Baring banking family that had rescued the British Royal Family in challenging times. Her maternal uncle was Thomas Weguelin, partner of Thomson, Bonar, and Company of London, Director and Governor of the Bank of England.[1][2]

First marriage[edit]

She married first to Captain Frank Wigsell Arkwright August 29, 1878 at Sanderstead, Surrey Court, England and had two children, a son Esme Arkwright, and a daughter Vera Nina Arkwright, later known as Vera Bate Lombardi (b. 1883 London - d. 1948 Rome).[1] The Arkwright marriage ended in divorce in 1885 and Rosa then married the co-respondent George William Adolphus FitzGeorge.

Second Marriage[edit]

Rosa Baring married a second time November 25, 1885 in Paris, France to Colonel George William Adolphus FitzGeorge (24 August 1843 London - 2 September 1907 Lucerne), the eldest of the three sons of Duke of Cambridge and Louisa Fairbrother. It is said that Rosa FitzGeorge later used the title "Lady FitzGeorge" while in New York, in pursuit of wealthy American families to find a husband for her daughter Vera.

Rosa Baring FitzGeorge was not friendly with the families of her two husbands. She made "plenty of capital of the royal blood in the veins of her husband" and as the daughter-in-law of HRH Prince George, Duke of Cambridge,[3] Rosa flourished in New York and Chicago as “Lady FitzGeorge".[4] According to the Marquise de Fontenoy in her book Revelations of High Life Within Royal Palaces, first printed in 1892[5] and published later in "Royal Musings",[6] "Rosa Federica Baring FitzGeorge's marriage to Colonel FitzGeorge, who died in 1907, "gave great offense" to his father, HRH Prince George.

Children[edit]

By her first marriage to Frank Wigsell Arkwright:[7]

  • 1. Esme Arkwright
  • 2. Vera Nina Arkwright, also known as Vera Bate Lombardi (1883–1948)

By her second marriage to George William Adolphus FitzGeorge:[8]

  • 1. Mabel Iris FitzGeorge (23 September 1886 – 13 April 1976) married in 1912 to Robert Balfour, had issue (Victor FitzGeorge-Balfour). Married secondly, in 1945 to Vladimir Emmanuelovich, Prince Galitzin, no issue.
  • 2. George Daphne FitzGeorge (23 February 1889 – 1 June 1954) married in 1915 to Sir George Foster Earle, divorced in 1926, no issue.
  • 3. Commander George William Frederick FitzGeorge(12 October 1892 – 13 June 1960) married in 1915 to Esther Melina Vignon, divorced in 1927, no issue. Married secondly, in 1934 to France Bellanger, divorced in 1957, no issue.

Daughter[edit]

Following her parents' divorce Rosa Baring FitzGeorge’s second child Vera Bate Lombardi grew up with her Baring grandparents though she is said to have become the surrogate god child of Margaret Cambridge, Marchioness of Cambridge, wife of Prince Adolphus, Duke of Teck.[9] Rosa Frederica Baring Fitzgeorge was the maternal grandmother of Magic Realist painter Bridget Bate Tichenor, who lived in Mexico from 1956–1990.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Rosa Frederica Baring". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ Drummond, Helga. The Dynamics of Organizational Collapse; The Case of Barings Bank, New York (2008) Routledge ISBN 978-0-415-39961-6
  3. ^ "Hail Mrs Pankhurst as their Champion". New York Times. 25 October 1909.  (see last paragraph)
  4. ^ a b Selig, Zachary (2008). "Bridget Bate Tichenor Biography". TX, PA Pau.  Derived From Selig, Zachary. Bridget Bate Tichenor – The Magic Realist Painter. 
  5. ^ Marquise de Fontenoy (1892). Revelations of High Life within Royal Palaces. Philadelphia: Edgewood Pub. Company. [page needed]
  6. ^ Koenig, Marlene Eiler (14 April 2010). "Royal Musings". [unreliable source]
  7. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Frank Wigsell Arkwright". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  8. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "George William Adolphus FitzGeorge". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  9. ^ Van Vorst, Marie (1916). War Letters of an American Woman. John Lane Company. [page needed]

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