George FitzClarence, 1st Earl of Munster

George FitzClarence, 1st Earl of Munster

George FitzClarence, 1st Earl of Munster

George Augustus Frederick FitzClarence, 1st Earl of Munster PC (29 January 1794 – 20 March 1842), was the eldest illegitimate son of William IV of the United Kingdom and his long-time mistress Dorothea Jordan. Like his siblings, he had little contact with his mother after his parents separated in 1811, preferring to rely on his expectations from his father.[1] He served as an army officer during the Peninsular War and subsequently in India. His father, though proud of his military record, was deeply concerned about his drinking and gambling, vices to which many of William's brothers were prone.

He was created 1st

Honorary titles
Preceded by
William Loftus
Lieutenant of the Tower of London
Succeeded by
Lord Frederick FitzClarence
Preceded by
The Marquess Conyngham
Constable of Windsor Castle
Succeeded by
Prince Augustus Frederick
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Earl of Munster
Succeeded by
William FitzClarence

External links

  1. ^ Ziegler, Philip, William IV, William Collins, 1971, p. 108.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 18803. p. 923. 13 May 1831.
  3. ^ Yvonne's Royalty: Peerage
  4. ^ Ziegler, p. 158.
  5. ^ Haines, Sheila; Lawson, Leigh (2007). Poor Cottages & Proud Palaces. The Hastings Press, p. 45.
  6. ^ in: thePeerage.comMary Gertrude Fitz-Clarence [retrieved 5 December 2014].
  7. ^ Ziegler, p. 270.
  8. ^ Van der Kiste, John, George Fitzclarence, Earl of Munster, Amazon KDP, 2012.



FitzClarence committed suicide at the age of 48 in [7] At his inquest, his doctor and a surgeon told the coroner that they believed he was going mad, and in recent years there has been speculation that he suffered from the probably hereditary malady of porphyria which had afflicted his grandfather and several other members of the family.[8]

  • Lady Adelaide Georgiana FitzClarence (28 August 1820 – 11 October 1883); died unmarried.
  • Lady Augusta Margaret FitzClarence (29 July 1822 – 5 September 1846); married Baron Knut Philip Bonde, 1846–1872).
  • William FitzClarence, 2nd Earl of Munster (19 May 1824 – 30 April 1901).
  • Hon. Frederick Charles George FitzClarence (1 February 1826 – 17 December 1878); married Adelaide Augusta Wilhelmine Sidney, daughter of his aunt Sophia FitzClarence; no issue.
  • Lady Mary Gertrude FitzClarence (ca. 1832 – 1834); died in infancy.[6]
  • Capt. George FitzClarence (15 April 1836 – 24 March 1894); married Maria Henrietta Scott (d. 1912), had issue.
  • Lt. Edward FitzClarence (8 July 1837 – 23 July 1855); died of wounds during the Siege of Sevastopol in the Crimean War.

He wed Mary Wyndham (29 August 1792 – 3 December 1842),[5] daughter of George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont, and his mistress Elizabeth Fox, on 18 October 1819. They were the parents to seven children:

He gained the rank of Major-General. He held the office of Aide-de-Camp to HM King William IV between 1830 and 1837. He held the office of Lieutenant of the Tower between 1831 and 1833. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) in 1833. He held the office of Constable of Windsor Castle between 1833 and 1842. He held the office of Aide-de-Camp to Queen Victoria between 1837 and 1841. He was elected president of the Royal Asiatic Society in 1841.

, the King's favourite child, in April 1837, did not bring about a reconciliation. Sophia de L'Isle The estrangement caused the King great distress, but those close to him thought it better that there be as little contact as possible, since Munster's visits invariably upset his father. Even the death of Munster's sister [4]