Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 8th Earl Fitzwilliam
|The Earl FitzWilliam|
|Born||31 December 1910|
|Died||13 May 1948(aged 37)|
|Spouse(s)||Olive Dorothea Plunket|
|Children||Lady Juliet Tadgell|
|Parent(s)||William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 7th Earl Fitzwilliam
Lady Maud Dundas
Marriage and issue
He was married, on 19 April 1933, to Olive Dorothea "Obby" Plunket (d. 1975) (the daughter of Benjamin Plunket, Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, and thereby granddaughter of the 4th Baron Plunket, Archbishop of Dublin), with whom he had one daughter:
- Lady Anne Juliet Dorothea Maud Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (b. 24 January 1935). She married firstly (1960) the 6th Marquess of Bristol (1915–1985) (divorced 1972); secondly (1974) as his fourth wife Somerset de Chair, of Bourne Park, nr Canterbury (22 August 1911 – 5 January 1995 / buried January 1996), son of Admiral Sir Dudley de Chair; thirdly (1996) to Christopher Tadgell. She is now known as Lady Juliet Tadgell. Her children are:
- Lord Frederick William Charles Nicholas Wentworth Hervey (26 November 1961 – 26 January 1998), suicide
- Lady Ann Hervey (b & d. 24 February 1965), stillborn
- Lady Wendy Agnes Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (b. 1966)
- Helena de Chair (b. 1977) writer on a trade magazine for the oil industry; who married 13 January 2007 Canterbury Cathedral Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg (b. 24 May 1969), son of William Rees-Mogg, once publisher of The Times.
- Peter Theodore Alphoge Rees-Mogg (b. mid-October 2007 Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London)
In Lord Fitzwilliam's later years the marriage to Obby became strained and there was talk of divorce. In 1943 he inherited the Earldom from his father.
As a former Cadet with the Eton College Contingent (June Division) Officer Training Corps he was commissioned second lieutenant into the Royal Scots Greys (Supplementary Reserve of Officers) on 20 July 1929. During World War II he served with distinction in the Commandos and later for the Special Operations Executive, gaining a Distinguished Service Order.
He died in France in a plane crash on 13 May 1948.
At his death the title passed to his second cousin once removed, Eric Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, and his fortune, then estimated at 45 million pounds, which included half of the Wentworth Woodhouse estate, the Coolattin estate in County Wicklow, Ireland, and a considerable part of the Fitzwilliam art collection, passed to his daughter, the present Lady Juliet Tadgell.
- Fitzwilliam is portrayed by Thomas Gibson in the television mini-series The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990).
- Fitzwilliam is portrayed by Larry Carter in the film Lives and Deaths of the Poets (2011).
|Ancestors of Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 8th Earl Fitzwilliam|
- His dates vary widely. One date is 1912–1996; another is 22 August 1911 – 5 January 1995; yet other states his death date as 5 January 1996.
- "Death of a self-confessed heterosexual" The Independent (London), 15 January 1996.
- Description of the wedding and here
- "A sprog for Rees-Mogg", Daily Mail, 17 October 2007.
- The London Gazette: . 19 July 1929.
- Lundy, Darryl. "#46395 (Peter)". The Peerage.[unreliable source?]
- Lundy, Darryl. "#40404 (Olive)". The Peerage.[unreliable source?]
|Peerage of Ireland|
|Peerage of Great Britain|