Henry FitzRoy, 12th Duke of Grafton

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The Duke of Grafton
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Preceded byHugh FitzRoy, 11th Duke of Grafton
Personal details
Born (1978-04-06) 6 April 1978 (age 40)
Olivia Sladen (m. 2010)
Relations12th Marquess of Lothian (grandfather)
11th Duke of Grafton (grandfather)
ParentsJames FitzRoy, Earl of Euston
Lady Clare Amabel Margaret Kerr
EducationHarrow School
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Royal Agricultural College

Henry Oliver Charles FitzRoy, 12th Duke of Grafton (born 6 April 1978), known as Harry Grafton, is an English peer and music promoter. He inherited the Dukedom of Grafton from his grandfather, Hugh FitzRoy, 11th Duke of Grafton, on 7 April 2011. He is also a descendant of Charles II of England.

Early life[edit]

Grafton is the son of James Oliver Charles FitzRoy, Earl of Euston (1947–2009), and his wife, Lady Clare Amabel Margaret Kerr, the daughter of the 12th Marquess of Lothian.[1][2] He was known as Viscount Ipswich from his birth until he succeeded to the dukedom. On his father's death in 2009 he could have taken the title of Earl of Euston, but did not do so.[citation needed]

His ancestor Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton (1663–1690), was an illegitimate son of King Charles II by his mistress Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland.[3] Grafton shares the surname FitzRoy (meaning "son of the king") with other natural lines descended from Charles II.[4] The ducal coat of arms includes Charles II's royal coat of arms crossed by a baton sinister, indicating both the family's royal lineage and its origin in illegitimacy.[5]

Educated at Harrow School and the University of Edinburgh, he spent a post-graduate year at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, studying estate management.[5][6]


From 2002 to 2004 he worked in the United States in music business management, as a radio host in Nashville, Tennessee, and in 2005–2006 as a merchandise co ordinator for the Rolling Stones on the A Bigger Bang tour.[5][6][7]

In 2007, he moved to London and in 2009, due to the death of his father, he returned to Suffolk to help manage the Euston Estate. He currently promotes live music events through his estate while modernising its 10,000-acre farm.[5]

Family life[edit]

The Duke and Duchess of Grafton in front of their home
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On 14 August 2010, Viscount Ipswich, as he was then known, married Olivia Margaret M. Sladen at Snowshill, Gloucestershire.[7][8] Their engagement had been announced on 15 April 2010.[2] Together, they are the parents of two sons and a daughter:

  • Alfred James Charles FitzRoy, Earl of Euston, who was born on 26 December 2012.[9]
  • Lady Rosetta Christina Clare FitzRoy, who was born on 20 July 2015.[citation needed]
  • Lord Rafe FitzRoy, who was born on the 16th March 2017.[citation needed]

The Duke's seat is Euston Hall, at Euston in Suffolk, near Thetford in Norfolk.[5][10]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 6 April 1978 - 7 April 2011: Viscount Ipswich
  • 7 April 2011 - present: His Grace The Duke of Grafton




  1. ^ Charles Mosley, ed., Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, vol. II (2004), ISBN 0-9711966-2-1, pp. 1616–1619
  2. ^ a b Michael Rhodes posting to Peerage News message list, 15 April 2010
  3. ^ David Clune, Ken Turner, The Governors of New South Wales 1788-2010 (2009, ISBN 1862877432), p. 203
  4. ^ Bernard Falk, The Royal Fitz Roys: dukes of Grafton through four centuries (1950), p. 7
  5. ^ a b c d e Owen, Jane (17 April 2014). "Duke of Grafton uses R&B to restore Euston Hall's pleasure grounds". Financial Times. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  6. ^ a b 'GRAFTON, 12th Duke of' in Who's Who 2014 (London: A. & C. Black, 2014); online edition by Oxford University Press, December 2013, accessed 8 March 2014 (subscription site)
  7. ^ a b Richard Eden, Class warrior Lord Mandelson upsets his 'toffee-nosed' pals dated 17 April 2010 from The Daily Telegraph at telegraph.co.uk, accessed 8 March 2014
  8. ^ Henry Oliver Charles FitzRoy at thepeerage.com, accessed 11 April 2011
  9. ^ "GRAFTON". Daily Telegraph. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  10. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (2000), p. 704
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Hugh FitzRoy
Duke of Grafton
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Richmond
The Duke of Grafton
Succeeded by
The Duke of Beaufort