Lord Henry FitzGerald

Henry FitzGerald (John Hoppner)

Lord Henry FitzGerald PC (Ire) (30 July 1761 – 9 July 1829) was the fourth son of the 1st Duke of Leinster and the Duchess of Leinster (née Lady Emily Lennox). A younger brother was the revolutionary Lord Edward FitzGerald.


Fitzgerald joined the British Army and became a lieutenant in the 66th Foot in 1788, transferring as a captain in 1779 to the newly raised 85th Foot, which was posted to garrison duty in Jamaica for the duration the American Revolutionary War. He was there promoted to major in 1781 and lieutenant-colonel in 1783, taking over command of the regiment from General Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington. After the 85th was disbanded in 1783 he became a captain and lieutenant-colonel in the 2nd Foot Guards in 1789 and retired from active service in 1792.[1]

He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Kildare Borough between 1776 and 1783 and represented then Athy between 1790 and 1791. From 1790 to 1798, he sat in the Irish House of Commons for Dublin City. On 8 July 1806, he was appointed to the Privy Council of Ireland, and from 1807 until 1814, Lord Henry served in the Parliament of the United Kingdom for Kildare. He also held the position of one of the joint Postmasters General of Ireland from April 1806 until May 1807.[2]

He was a member of the Kildare Street Club in Dublin[3] and died at Boyle Farm, Thames Ditton, on 9 July 1829.


He married Charlotte Boyle Walsingham in London on 3/4 August 1791. Together they lived at Boyle Farm, Thames Ditton. The couple had twelve children (Note: List below contains 13 Children); his issue took the surname FitzGerald-de Ros:

  • Henry William FitzGerald-de Ros, 22nd Baron de Ros (1792–1839)
  • Lt. Col. Arthur John Hill FitzGerald-de Ros (21 December 1793 – 23 February 1826)
  • Hon. Emily FitzGerald-de Ros (1795-d.y.)
  • General William Lennox Lascelles FitzGerald-de Ros, 23rd Baron de Ros (1797–1874)
  • Edmund Emilius Boyle FitzGerald-de Ros (4 May 1799 – 12 September 1810)
  • Charlotte FitzGerald-de Ros (1801-1813)
  • Henrietta Mabel FitzGerald-de Ros (1802-22 December 1879), married on 24 October 1828 John Broadhurst of Foston Hall (d. 1861)
  • RAdm. John Frederick FitzGerald-de Ros (6 March 1804 – 19 June 1861)
  • Augustus FitzGerald-de Ros (b. 1805), died young
  • Olivia Cecilia FitzGerald-de Ros (11 January 1807 – London, 21 April 1885), married on 22/23 October 1833 Henry Wellesley, 1st Earl Cowley
  • Geraldine FitzGerald-de Ros (1809-28 September 1881), married on 25 November 1830 The Rev. Frederic Pare
  • Cecilia FitzGerald-de Ros (1811- 6 October 1869), married on 10 December 1835 The Hon. John Boyle (13 March 1803 – 6 December 1874), son of Edmund Boyle, 8th Earl of Cork and had issue
  • Jane FitzGerald-de Ros (1813-1885), married Col. Christopher Hamilton MP, and had issue


  1. ^ "FITZGERALD, Lord Henry (1761-1829), of Boyle Farm, Kent and Thames Ditton, Surr". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  2. ^ "FITZGERALD, Lord Henry (1761-1829), of Boyle Farm, Kent and Thames Ditton, Surrey". Members Biographies. The History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  3. ^ Thomas Hay Sweet Escott, Club Makers and Club Members (1913), pp. 329–333
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Simon Digby
Sir FitzGerald Aylmer, 6th Bt
Member of Parliament for Kildare Borough
With: Simon Digby
Succeeded by
Simon Digby
Robert Graydon
Preceded by
Lord Edward FitzGerald
Thomas Burgh
Member of Parliament for Athy
With: Arthur Ormsby
Succeeded by
Frederick John Falkiner
Arthur Ormsby
Preceded by
Nathaniel Warren
Travers Hartley
Member of Parliament for Dublin City
With: Henry Grattan
Succeeded by
Arthur Wolfe
John Claudius Beresford
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Robert FitzGerald
Robert Latouche
Member of Parliament for Kildare
With: Robert Latouche
Succeeded by
Robert Latouche
Lord William FitzGerald