William Vesey-FitzGerald

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The Right Honourable
Sir William Vesey-FitzGerald
William Vesey Fitzgerald.jpg
Governor of Bombay
In office
6 March 1867 – 6 May 1872
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by Henry Bartle Frere
Succeeded by Sir Philip Edmond Wodehouse
Personal details
Born 1818 (1818)
County Clare
Died 28 June 1885 (1885-06-29)
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Nationality United Kingdom British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Oriel College, Oxford

Sir William Robert Seymour Vesey-FitzGerald GCSI, GCIE, PC (1818 – 28 June 1885) was a British politician and colonial administrator. He served as Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between 1858 and 1859 and as Governor of Bombay between 1867 and 1872. He normally used the first name Seymour rather than William or Robert.

Background and education[edit]

FitzGerald was the illegitimate son of William Vesey-FitzGerald, 2nd Baron FitzGerald and Vesey. He was educated at both Christ Church, Oxford and Oriel College, Oxford, graduating with a degree in Classics in 1837.

Political career[edit]

FitzGerald was elected member for Horsham in 1848, but was unseated on petition. In 1852 he was once again elected for Horsham and was able to hold the seat until 1865.[1] He served under the Earl of Derby as Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between 1858 and 1859. In 1866 he was appointed Governor of Bombay,[2] admitted to the Privy Council[3] and made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India and Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire. On his return to Britain, he again represented Horsham in parliament from 1874 to 1875.[1] In 1875, he was appointed Chief Charity Commissioner.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b leighrayment.com House of Commons: Horncastle to Hythe
  2. ^ "No. 23187". The London Gazette. 20 November 1866. p. 6157. 
  3. ^ "No. 23203". The London Gazette. 28 December 1866. p. 7171. 
  4. ^ "No. 24271". The London Gazette. 30 November 1875. p. 6048. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Jervis
Member of Parliament for Horsham
Succeeded by
Lord Edward Fitzalan-Howard
Preceded by
Lord Edward Fitzalan-Howard
Member of Parliament for Horsham
Succeeded by
Robert Henry Hurst
Preceded by
Robert Henry Hurst
Member of Parliament for Horsham
Succeeded by
Robert Henry Hurst
Political offices
Preceded by
Earl of Shelburne
Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
The Lord Wodehouse
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Bartle Frere
Governor of Bombay
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Wodehouse