William FitzRoy, 6th Duke of Grafton

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William Henry Fitzroy, 6th Duke of Grafton (5 August 1819 – 21 May 1882), styled Viscount Ipswich until 1847 and Earl of Euston between 1847 and 1863, was a British peer and Liberal Party politician. He was born in London and educated at Harrow, and after went to RMA Sandhurst.

He was the son of Henry FitzRoy, 5th Duke of Grafton and his wife Mary Caroline Berkeley, who were married on 20 June 1812 in Lisbon. At the time his father was an officer fighting with the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsular War.[1]

At the 1847 general election he was elected unopposed as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the borough of Thetford in Norfolk,[2] a seat held by his father from 1834 to 1841. He was returned unopposed at the next three general elections,[2] and held the seat until he succeeded to his father's peerage in 1863.[3]

Grafton married the Honourable Marie Anne Louise Baring, daughter of Francis Baring, 3rd Baron Ashburton, on 10 February 1858. He spent the winter and spring each year at Hyères because he and his wife both suffered from ill health.[citation needed]

In 1860 he was appointed lieutenant-colonel in command of the 1st Administrative Battalion of Northamptonshire Rifle Volunteers.[4]

He died childless in 1882, aged 62, in London and was succeeded as Duke of Grafton by his younger brother, Augustus.[1]


  1. ^ a b http://www.thepeerage.com/p1041.htm#i10403
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 305. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 1)
  4. ^ Army List.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hon. William Baring
Sir James Flower
Member of Parliament for Thetford
With: Hon. William Baring 1847–1848
Francis Baring 1848–1857
Alexander Baring 1857–1863
Succeeded by
Alexander Baring
Lord Frederick FitzRoy
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Henry FitzRoy
Duke of Grafton
Succeeded by
Augustus FitzRoy