Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of
(25 October 1683 – 6 May 1757) was an Irish and English politician.
The 2nd Duke of Grafton.
He was born the only child of Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of
and Isabella Bennet, 2nd
Countess of Arlington
. His father was an illegitimate son of
Charles II of England
Villiers, 1st Duchess of Cleveland
Fitzroy inherited his father's peerages on 9 October 1690. He was
Lord High Steward
at King George I's coronation
. He became a Privy Counsellor
and a Knight of the Garter
1721. He also served as Lord
Lieutenant of Ireland
from 1720 to 1724 and Lord Chamberlain
from 1724 until his death.
In 1739 he supported the creation of what was to become one of
London's most notable charities, the Foundling Hospital
. He sat on that
charity's original Court of Governors with such fellow Governors as
the Duke of
, the Lord Vere
Lord Mayor of London
He married Lady Henrietta Somerset, daughter of Charles Somerset,
Marquess of Worcester
; they had seven children:
Cork, 3rd Earl of Burlington]] and his wife Lady Dorothy Savile,
daughter of William Savile, 2nd
Marquess of Halifax
. The Earl was notorious for mistreating his
wife, who died seven months after their marriage, and died
The Duke also fathered an illegitimate son, Charles FitzRoy-Scudamore
- Leo van der Pas. George Fitzroy, Earl of Euston (1715-1747) from
Brigitte Gastel-Lloyd's Worldroots website. Retrieved in cached
version on 7 October 2009.
- R.H. Nichols and F A. Wray, The History of the Foundling
Hospital (London: Oxford University Press, 1935).