FITZWILLIAM, William, 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam [I] (1720-56).
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Family and Education
b. 15 Jan. 1720, o. s. of John, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam. educ. Eton 1732, Grand Tour (Italy, Germany) 1740. m. 22 June 1744, Lady Anne Wentworth, da. of Thomas Watson Wentworth, 1st Marquess of Rockingham, 2s. 6da. suc. fa. 28 Aug. 1728. cr. Lord Fitzwilliam, Baron Milton [GB] 19 Apr. 1742, Viscount Milton and Earl Fitzwilliam [GB] 6 Sept. 1746.
Custos rot. Peterborough 1741-56; ld. of the bed-chamber to George II 1751-6.
Returned for Peterborough on the Fitzwilliam interest after coming of age, Fitzwilliam was warm in support of Sir Robert Walpole during the last days of his Administration, weeping on his resignation. He was on the court list for the secret committee set up by the Commons to inquire into Walpole’s Administration,1 soon after which he was raised to the English peerage.
On his marriage he distinguished himself not only by the magnificence of his apparel and the ‘new equipage ... made in the chinese fashion being all over japanned’ in which he took his bride to be presented at court, but also by making himself very ill by a surfeit of small beer and ices.