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Lord Frederick FitzClarence

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Commands held  Bombay Army
Service/branch  British Army
Name  Lord FitzClarence

Years of service  1814–1854
Role  Dorothea Jordan's son
Rank  Lieutenant-General
Died  October 30, 1854
Lord Frederick FitzClarence
Awards  Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order
Parents  Dorothea Jordan, William IV of the United Kingdom
Cousins  Princess Charlotte of Wales, George V of Hanover
Grandparents  George III of the United Kingdom, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Uncles  George IV of the United Kingdom, Ernest Augustus I of Hanover
Similar People  George FitzClarence - 1st Earl of, William IV of the United Ki, Dorothea Jordan, Adelaide of Saxe‑Meiningen, Ernest Augustus I of Hanover

Lieutenant-General Lord Frederick FitzClarence, GCH (9 December 1799 – 30 October 1854) was a British Army officer as well as being the illegitimate third son of King William IV and his mistress, Dorothea Jordan.


Military career

FitzClarence was commissioned as an officer in the British Army in 1814. While a captain in the Coldstream Guards, FitzClarence commanded a small detachment of Guards to act in support of the police with the arrest of the Cato Street conspirators in 1820. The arrest was not straightforward, and a scuffle ensued. The Naval and Military Gazette (May 1845) identified Sgt James Graham as the man who saved FitzClarence's life.

Frederick FitzClarence gained the rank of Colonel in the service of the 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot. On 24 May 1831 he was granted the rank of a marquess' younger son. Having been invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order (G.C.H.) that same year, he became Lieutenant-Governor of Portsmouth and General Officer Commanding South-West District in 1847 and then Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Army in 1852. He died in office in October 1854.


On 19 May 1821, he married Lady Augusta Boyle (d. 28 July 1876), the eldest daughter of the 4th Earl of Glasgow. They had two children:

  • Augusta FitzClarence (December 1824 – 18 October 1865)
  • William FitzClarence (b. & d. 1827)
  • References

    Lord Frederick FitzClarence Wikipedia

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