William Fitzwilliam, 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam

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The Earl FitzWilliam
Born (1719-01-15)15 January 1719
Died 10 August 1756(1756-08-10) (aged 37)
Title 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam
Nationality British
Predecessor John Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam
Spouse(s) Lady Anne Watson-Wentworth
Parents John Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam

William FitzWilliam, 3rd Earl FitzWilliam (15 January 1719 – 10 August 1756) was a British peer, nobleman, and politician.

He was the son of John Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam by his wife Anne, daughter of John Stringer of Sutton cum Lound, Nottinghamshire. His sister Anne was later second wife to Francis Godolphin, 2nd Baron Godolphin.[1][2]

He succeeded his father as third Earl Fitzwilliam in the Peerage of Ireland on 28 August 1728.[3] He was elected Member of Parliament for Peterborough on 4 May 1741,[4] and sat until he was created Baron Fitzwilliam in the Peerage of Great Britain on 19 April 1742.[3] He was made a Member of the Irish Privy Council on 6 June 1746,[5] and further created Earl Fitzwilliam in the Peerage of Great Britain on 6 September 1746.[3]

On 22 June 1744 at St George's, Hanover Square, Lord Fitzwilliam was married to Lady Anne Watson-Wentworth, daughter of the Earl of Malton. Lord Malton was later created Marquess of Rockingham; Lady Anne's brother was the future Prime Minister Charles Watson-Wentworth. Lord and Lady Fitzwilliam had two sons and six daughters,[6] including:

Lord Fitzwilliam died at Marholm at the age of thirty-seven and was succeeded as Earl by his son Charles. His widow Lady Fitzwilliam died on 29 August 1769.[1][2]


Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl Fitzwilliam
Succeeded by
William Fitzwilliam
New creation Baron Fitzwilliam
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Fitzwilliam
Earl Fitzwilliam
Succeeded by
William Fitzwilliam