FITZGERALD, Lord Henry (1761-1829), of Boyle Farm, Kent and Thames Ditton, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
Available from Boydell and Brewer



1807 - Feb. 1814

Family and Education

b. 30 July 1761, 4th s. of James, 1st Duke of Leinster [I], and bro. of Lords Charles James Fitzgerald* and Robert Stephen Fitzgerald*. educ. privately by William Ogilvie and Dr Thompson. m. 4 Aug. 1791, Charlotte, da. and h. of Hon. Robert Boyle Walsingham, MP [I], 6s. 5da.

Offices Held

MP [I] 1783-97.

Postmaster-gen. [I] Apr. 1806-May 1807; PC [I] 8 July 1806.

Lt. 66 Ft. 1778; capt. 85 Ft. 1779, maj. 1781, lt.-col. 1783, half-pay 1783; capt. and lt.-col. 2 Ft. Gds. 1789, ret. 1792.


Fitzgerald was returned to the Irish parliament for Kildare borough by his eldest brother in 1783 and for Dublin city, as Grattan’s colleague, in 1790. He followed the tradition of his family in opposing administration.1 At that time he was a member of the Prince of Wales’s set. On 7 Nov. 1797 he joined the Whig Club and was