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Charles Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 5th Earl Fitzwilliam

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The Earl Fitzwilliam

The 3rd / 5th Earl Fitzwilliam
BornCharles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam
4 May 1786
Died4 October 1857
Spouse(s)Hon. Mary Dundas
Children13 (including William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 6th Earl Fitzwilliam)
Parent(s)William Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam
Lady Charlotte Ponsonby
Shield of arms of Charles Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 5th Earl Fitzwilliam, as displayed on his Order of the Garter stall plate in St. George's Chapel
Shield of arms of Charles Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 5th Earl Fitzwilliam, as displayed on his Order of the Garter stall plate in St. George's Chapel

Charles William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 5th Earl Fitzwilliam in the peerage of Ireland, and 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam in the peerage of Great Britain, KG (4 May 1786 – 4 October 1857) was a British nobleman and politician. He was President three times of the Royal Statistical Society in 1838–1840, 1847–1849, and 1853–1855; and President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in its inaugural year (1831–2).

He was born the only son of William Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam and his first wife, Lady Charlotte Ponsonby. He was a pupil at Eton College from 1796 to 1802.

Before inheriting the Earldom on 8 February 1833 on the death of his father, he was known by the courtesy title of Viscount Milton. Under that name he was the Whig Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire between 1831 and 1832.

The family seat was Wentworth Woodhouse, reputedly the largest private house in England.


He married the Hon. Mary Dundas (30 May 1787 – 1 November 1830) on 8 July 1806; she was his cousin and the daughter of Thomas Dundas, 1st Baron Dundas and Lady Charlotte Fitzwilliam, the 4th Earl's sister. They had 13 children:

  • Lady Charlotte Wentworth-FitzWilliam (12 Jul 1807 – ????)
  • Hon. Margaret Bruce Wentworth-FitzWilliam (27 Jan 1809 – 03 Feb 1809)
  • Lady Mary Wentworth-FitzWilliam (2 May 1810 – 15 May 1893). Married Leonard Thompson, Esq.
  • William Charles Wentworth-FitzWilliam, Viscount Milton (18 January 1812 – 8 November 1835). Married on 15 August 1833 to Lady Selina Charlotte Jenkinson, daughter of Charles Jenkinson, 3rd Earl of Liverpool. They had two children; the younger survived:
  • Lady Frances Laura Wentworth-FitzWilliam (22 Oct 1813 – 25 August 1887). Married on 23 June 1837 to Reverend William Bridgman-Simpson. They had five children:
    • Mary Bridgeman-Simpson (d. 18 January 1880)
    • Beatrice Dorothy Mary Bridgeman-Simpson (d. 8 July 1936)
    • Orlando John George Bridgeman-Simpson (27 August 1838 – 5 July 1907)
    • George Arthur Bridgeman-Simpson (14 November 1846 – 16 November 1913)
    • Admiral Sir Francis Charles Bridgeman-Simpson (7 December 1848 – 17 February 1929)
  • William Thomas Spencer Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 6th Earl Fitzwilliam (12 October 1815 – 20 February 1902)
  • Hon. George Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (3 May 1817 – 4 March 1874). Married on 18 March 1865 to Alice Louisa Anson, daughter of daughter of Maj.-Gen. Hon. George Anson. They had three children:
    • George Charles Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (2 January 1866 – 8 December 1935) Married on 31 December 1888 to Daisy Evelyn Lyster, daughter of Charles Stephan Lyster. They had two sons:
    • Alice Mary Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (18 October 1869 – 3 March 1956)
    • Maud Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (27 February 1871 – 15 July 1949)
  • Lady Anne Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (14 May 1819 – 29 April 1879). Married on 10 October 1838, in the Chapel at Wentworth Woodhouse, to Sir James John Randoll Mackenzie of Scatwell, 6th Bt
  • Lady Dorothy Wentworth-FitzWilliam 02 Apr 1822 – ????)
  • Hon. John Wentworth-FitzWilliam (18 Sep 1823 – 15 Jun 1824)
  • Hon. Charles William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (18 September 1826 – 20 December 1894) Married on 24 August 1854 to Anne Dundas, daughter of Reverend Hon. Thomas Lawrence Dundas. Died without issue.
  • [a son](b. and d. 18 Mar 1828)
  • Lady Albreda Elizabeth Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (3 Sep 1829 – 11 November 1891). Married on 21 June 1853 to Fitzpatrick Henry Vernon, 2nd Baron Lyveden


  • Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1889). "Fitzwilliam, Charles William Wentworth" . Dictionary of National Biography. 19. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bryan Cooke
Henry Grattan
Member of Parliament for Malton
With: Bryan Cooke
Succeeded by
The Lord Headley
Robert Lawrence Dundas
Preceded by
William Wilberforce
Walter Ramsden Fawkes
Member of Parliament for Yorkshire
With: William Wilberforce 1807–1812
Viscount Lascelles 1812–1818
James Stuart-Wortley 1818–1826
William Duncombe 1826–1830
Richard Fountayne Wilson 1826–1830
John Marshall 1826–1830
Succeeded by
William Duncombe
Viscount Morpeth
Richard Bethell
Henry Brougham
Preceded by
Sir James Scarlett
Sir Robert Heron, Bt
Member of Parliament for Peterborough
With: Sir Robert Heron, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Heron, Bt
John Nicholas Fazakerley
Preceded by
Viscount Howick
Member of Parliament for Higham Ferrers
Succeeded by
Charles Pepys
Preceded by
William Ralph Cartwright
Viscount Althorp
Member of Parliament for Northamptonshire
With: Viscount Althorp
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for North Northamptonshire
With: Lord Brudenell
Succeeded by
Lord Brudenell
Viscount Milton
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
William Fitzwilliam
Earl Fitzwilliam
Succeeded by
William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Fitzwilliam
Earl Fitzwilliam
Succeeded by
William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam
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