Lord Augustus FitzClarence

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Lord Augustus FitzClarence
Born (1805-03-01)1 March 1805
Died 14 June 1854(1854-06-14) (aged 49)
Noble family FitzClarence
Spouse(s) Sarah Gordon
Dorothea Goff
Eva FitzClarence
Beatrice FitzClarence
Augustus FitzClarence
Henry Edward FitzClarence
Mary FitzClarence
Father William IV
Mother Dorothea Jordan
Occupation Chaplain

Lord Augustus FitzClarence (1 March 1805 – 14 June 1854), was the youngest illegitimate son of William IV of the United Kingdom and his long-time mistress Dorothea Jordan. Like his siblings, he had little contact with his mother after his parents separated in 1811.


In 1829 Augustus was appointed a Chaplain of his father (then Duke of Clarence)[1] and later that year he was presented with the vicary of Mapledurham in Oxfordshire, succeeding John Sumner (later Bishop of Chester and Archbishop of Canterbury).[2] King William IV was a lavish benefactor of the church and the parish and, among his gifts was the clock in the tower which bears his initials, ″W R.″; he also made generous contributions to extend the vicarage and to enclose its adjacent grounds with substantial provisions for the foundation of a new school in the village. The marvellous collection of silver gilt communion plate presented to the church by Lord Augustus shortly after his appointment was probably in turn a gift from his father.[3]

In 1830 he was appointed Chaplain in ordinary to his father (now King William IV),[1] and on 24 May 1831 was granted the rank of a marquess' younger son, being appointed Chaplain to Queen Adelaide after his father’s accession to the throne in 1832. Following his studies at Trinity College, Cambridge, he received the degrees of LL.B. (2 June 1832) and LL.D. (6 July 1835).[2]

On 2 January 1845 Augustus married Sarah Elizabeth Catharine Gordon (26 Dec 1827–23 March 1901), daughter of Major Lord Henry Gordon (brother of the 10th Marquess of Huntly and relative of his sister Lady Augusta Gordon's husband) and Louisa Payne. They had six children:[4][5]

  • Dorothea FitzClarence (27 October 1845 – 15 May 1870), married Thomas William Goff. Had issue.[6][7]
  • Eva FitzClarence (1 January 1847 – 2 March 1918).
  • Beatrice FitzClarence (1 January 1847 – d. 18 March 1909), twin with Eva.
  • Augustus FitzClarence (13 February 1849 – 16 October 1861), died young.
  • Henry Edward FitzClarence (19 January 1853 – 19 February 1930), married Mary Isabel Templer Parsons. Had issue.
  • Mary FitzClarence (posthumously, September 1854 – 14 March 1858), died in infancy.



  1. ^ a b George Newenham Wright, John Watkins: The Life and Reign of William the Fourth, Volume 2, appendix IV, p. 854.
  2. ^ a b Lord Augustus FitzClarence Obituary, The Gentleman's Magazine, 1854, p. 312.
  3. ^ St. Margaret - Mapledurham: Brief History [retrieved 5 December 2014].
  4. ^ Reverend Lord Augustus Fitz-Clarence in: thePeerage.com [retrieved 5 December 2014].
  5. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "Complete Genealogy of the House of Welf". genealogy.euweb.cz. Retrieved 5 December 2014.[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ FitzClarence, Dorothea 1845 - 1870 in: genealogy.richardremme.com [retrieved 5 December 2014].
  7. ^ Bradford People: Clarence Goff in: Bradford on Avon Museum [retrieved 5 December 2014].