Henry FitzRoy (politician)

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The Right Honourable
Henry FitzRoy
Fitzroy family grave City of Westminster Cemetery, Hanwell.JPG
Fitzroy's family grave at City of Westminster Cemetery, Hanwell.
Under-Secretary of State
for the Home Department
In office
28 December 1852 – 30 January 1855
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Aberdeen
Preceded by Sir William Jolliffe, Bt
Succeeded by Hon. William Cowper
First Commissioner of Works
In office
18 June 1859 – 17 December 1859
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Viscount Palmerston
Preceded by Lord John Manners
Succeeded by Hon. William Cowper
Personal details
Born (1807-05-02)2 May 1807
Died 17 December 1859(1859-12-17) (aged 52)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Hannah Rothschild
FitzRoy family grave, City of Westminster Cemetery, Hanwell.

Henry FitzRoy (2 May 1807 – 17 December 1859) was a British politician of the mid-nineteenth century.

Early life[edit]

Born into the family of the Dukes of Grafton, he was a great-great grandson of King Charles II. He was second son of Lieutenant-General George FitzRoy, 2nd Baron Southampton, by his second wife Frances Isabella, daughter of Lord Robert Seymour. Charles FitzRoy, 3rd Baron Southampton, was his elder brother.[1] His grandparents were Charles FitzRoy, 1st Baron Southampton and Anne Warren, daughter and co-heir of Adml. Sir Peter Warren and a descendant of the Schuyler family, the Van Cortlandt family, and the Delancey family, all from British North America.


FitzRoy was returned to Parliament for Great Grimsby in 1831, a seat he held until 1832,[2] and later represented Lewes between 1837 and 1841 and between 1842 and 1859.[3] He was appointed Civil Lord of the Admiralty from 1845-1846. He served under the Earl of Aberdeen as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department between 1852 and 1855 and under Lord Palmerston as First Commissioner of Works between June and December 1859. In 1855 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[4]


FitzRoy married Hannah, daughter of Nathan Mayer Rothschild, in 1839. They had two children, Arthur Frederic FitzRoy (1842–1858), and Caroline Blanche Elizabeth FitzRoy, who married the artist Sir Coutts Lindsay, Bt. Hannah died on 2 December 1864, aged 49.


FitzRoy died on 17 December 1859 and is buried at City of Westminster Cemetery, Hanwell along with his wife.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Harris
John Shelley
Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby
With: Lord Loughborough
Succeeded by
William Maxfield
(representation reduced to one member 1832)
Preceded by
Thomas Read Kemp
Sir Charles Richard Blunt
Member of Parliament for Lewes
With: Sir Charles Richard Blunt 1837–1840
Viscount Cantelupe 1840–1841
Succeeded by
Summers Harford
Howard Elphinstone
Preceded by
Summers Harford
Howard Elphinstone
Member of Parliament for Lewes
With: Howard Elphinstone 1842–1847
Robert Perfect 1847–1852
Hon. Henry Brand 1852–1860
Succeeded by
Hon. Henry Brand
John Blencowe
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir William Jolliffe, Bt
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
Succeeded by
Hon. William Cowper
Preceded by
Lord John Manners
First Commissioner of Works
Succeeded by
Hon. William Cowper