Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 8th Earl Fitzwilliam
|Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 8th Earl Fitzwilliam|
|Born||William Henry Lawrence Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam
31 December 1910
Wentworth, Yorkshire, England
|Died||13 May 1948
|Spouse(s)||Olive Dorothea Plunket|
|Children||Lady Juliet Tadgell|
|Parent(s)||William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 7th Earl Fitzwilliam
Lady Maud Dundas
The fifth child and only son of the 7th Earl Fitzwilliam, he was born at the family's seat of Wentworth Woodhouse. 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.
Second world war
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 was born on 24 January 1935.
In Lord Fitzwilliam's later years the marriage to Obby became strained. At the time of his death, he was seeking a divorce in order to marry someone else. In 1943 he inherited the Earldom from his father.
From 1946 he was romantically linked with the widowed Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington, sister of future U.S. President John F. Kennedy. She was killed with Fitzwilliam in an airplane crash, although the nature of their relationship was obscured in the newspaper accounts at the time.
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|
- "No. 33518". The London Gazette. 19 July 1929. p. 4767.
- Storey, Kate (27 April 2016). "Inside the Scandalous Life of JFK's Sister, Kick Kennedy". Esquire. Hearst Communications. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
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|Peerage of Great Britain|