FITZROY, Lord Augustus (1716-41).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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10 Feb. 1739 - 28 May 1741

Family and Education

b. 16 Oct. 1716, 3rd s. of Charles Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, and yr. bro. of George Fitzroy, Lord Euston. educ. Eton 1728. m. March 1734, Elizabeth, da. of Col. William Cosby, gov. of New York, 3s.

Offices Held

Lt. R.N. by 1734, capt. 1736.


‘This brave and gallant young man’, writes Charnock, ‘was of a very amorous disposition.’1 As a naval lieutenant, aged 17, he contracted a marriage which his father refused to recognize. Three years later, now a captain, he told his wife ‘the night before he left her to go to sea that he had received with much transport a letter’ from the wife of Sir William Morice ‘that she would lie with him the following night and go to sea with him’. The couple were caught flagrante delicto at an inn on the road to the harbour where his ship lay; Lady Morice was seized but made her escape to France; her husband secured a divorce and damages of £5,000 against Fitzroy; while the Duke of Grafton

was so touched with the barbarity of his so