George FitzGeorge

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George FitzGeorge
Born (1843-08-24)24 August 1843
London, England
Died 2 September 1907(1907-09-02) (aged 64)
Lucerne, Switzerland
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Colonel
Unit 20th Hussars
Battles/wars

Anglo-Egyptian War

Awards Mentioned in Despatches
Order of Osmanieh, Fourth Class (Ottoman Empire)
Relations Prince George, Duke of Cambridge (father)
Sarah Fairbrother (mother)

Colonel George William Adolphus FitzGeorge (24 August 1843 – 2 September 1907) was a great-grandson of King George III of the United Kingdom and first cousin to Queen Mary, being the eldest of the three sons of the 2nd Duke of Cambridge and Louisa Fairbrother (the other sons were Admiral Sir Adolphus FitzGeorge and Colonel Sir Augustus FitzGeorge). As his parents were married in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act 1772, he was ineligible to succeed his father as Duke of Cambridge and along with his siblings did not hold royal titles.

Colonel FitzGeorge was born in 1843 and in due course, following the profession of his father, purchasing a commission in the 20th Hussars. When the Egyptian Campaign of 1882 was undertaken he went out to Egypt on special service and was attached to the personal staff of General Sir Garnet Wolseley. He was present at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir, and brought home the despatches. His services in the campaign were mentioned in despatches, and he was awarded with the brevet of lieutenant colonel, the medal with clasp, the Fourth Class of the Osmanieh, and the Khedive's Star. He retired from the Army in 1895.

FitzGeorge married, on 25 November 1885 in Paris to Rosa Frederica Baring (9 March 1854 – 10 March 1927), second daughter of Mr. William Henry Baring, J.P., of Norman Court, Hants. The couple had three children;

  • 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.
  • George Daphne FitzGeorge (23 February 1889 – 1 June 1954) married in 1915 to Sir George Foster Earle, divorced in 1926, no issue.
  • 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.

Colonel FitzGeorge died at the Eden-house Hotel, Lucerne on September 2, 1907 after lying ill for some weeks.

The arms of the Fitzgeorge family were: argent, on a cross between four roses gules, a sword in pale, point upwards, proper, pommel and hilt or, on a chief arched of the second, a baton fesswise, also or.

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References[edit]

  • Obituary, The Times, Tuesday, Sep 03, 1907; pg. 4