George FitzClarence, 1st Earl of Munster

George Augustus Frederick FitzClarence, 1st Earl of Munster PC (29 January 1794 – 20 March 1842), was an English peer and soldier.

1st Earl of Munster
George FitzClarence, 1st Earl of Munster


The eldest illegitimate son of William IV of the United Kingdom and his long-time mistress Dorothea Jordan, he was well-educated, although his written English was atrocious (as was that of several of his royal uncles). Like his siblings, he had little contact with his mother after his parents separated in 1811, preferring to rely on his expectations from his father.[1] He served as an army officer during the Peninsular War and subsequently in India. His father, though proud of his military record, was deeply concerned about his drinking and gambling, vices to which many of William's brothers were prone.

He was created 1st Earl of Munster, 1st Viscount FitzClarence and 1st Baron Tewkesbury on 4 June 1831,[2][3] and made a Privy Councillor in 1833. "Earl of Munster" had been a title held by his father before his accession to the British throne. George, like his siblings, was dissatisfied with the provisions made for him and this, combined with his increasing mental instability, caused a series of quarrels with his father which ended in a complete breach.[4] The estrangement caused the King great distress, but those close to him thought it better that there be as little contact as possible, since Munster's visits invariably upset his father. Even the death of Munster's sister Sophia de L'Isle, the King's favourite child, in April 1837, did not bring about a reconciliation.

He gained the rank of Major-General in the British Army and held the office of aide-de-Camp to his father King William IV between 1830 and 1837. He held the office of Lieutenant of the Tower of London between 1831 and 1833, was Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle between 1833 and 1842 and aide-de-Camp to Queen Victoria between 1837 and 1841. He was elected president of the Royal Asiatic Society in 1841.

He married Mary Wyndham (29 August 1792 – 3 December 1842),[5] daughter of George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont, and his mistress Elizabeth Fox, on 18 October 1819. They were the parents to seven children:

  • Lady Adelaide Georgiana FitzClarence (28 August 1820 – 11 October 1883); died unmarried.
  • Lady Augusta Margaret FitzClarence (29 July 1822 – 5 September 1846); married Baron Knut Philip Bonde in Paris in 1844, died of childbed fever in Katrineholm, Sweden, one daughter (Ingeborg Augusta Sofia Bonde, 1846–1872).
  • William FitzClarence, 2nd Earl of Munster (19 May 1824 – 30 April 1901).
  • Hon. Frederick Charles George FitzClarence (1 February 1826 – 17 December 1878); married Adelaide Augusta Wilhelmine Sidney, daughter of his aunt Sophia FitzClarence; no issue.
  • Lady Mary Gertrude FitzClarence (ca. 1832 – 1834); died in infancy.[6]
  • Capt. George FitzClarence (15 April 1836 – 24 March 1894); married Maria Henrietta Scott (d. 1912), had issue. He is the grandfather of the 6th earl of Munster. The title became extinct in 2000.
  • Lt. Edward FitzClarence (8 July 1837 – 23 July 1855); died of wounds during the Siege of Sevastopol in the Crimean War.

FitzClarence committed suicide at the age of 48 in London.[7] He shot himself with a pistol presented to him by King George IV when Prince of Wales. His suicide came as no surprise to his family who had long been concerned about his mental condition; his father's biographer attributes it to "a paranoiac sense of persecution."[8] At his inquest, his doctor and a surgeon told the coroner that they believed he was going mad, and in recent years there has been speculation that he suffered from the probably hereditary malady of porphyria which had afflicted his grandfather and several other members of the family.[9]


An account of his experiences in the Peninsular War was published in: Memoirs of the Late War: Comprising the Personal Narrative of Capt. Cooke, the History of the Campaign of 1809 in Portugal, by the Earl of Munster, and a Narrative of the Campaign of 1814 in Holland, by T.W.D. Moodie. 1831.


Ancestors of George FitzClarence, 1st Earl of Munster
16. George II of Great Britain
8. Frederick, Prince of Wales
17. Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach
4. George III of the United Kingdom
18. Frederick II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
9. Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha
19. Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst
2. William IV of the United Kingdom
20. Adolf Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
10. Duke Charles Louis Frederick of Mecklenburg
21. Princess Christiane Emilie of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
5. Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
22. Ernest Frederick I, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen
11. Princess Elisabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen
23. Countess Sophia Albertine of Erbach-Erbach
1. George FitzClarence, 1st Earl of Munster
24. James Bland
12. Nathaniel Bland
25. Lucy Brewster
6. Francis Bland
26. Francis Heaton
13. Elizabeth Heaton
27. Elizabeth Curtis
3. Dorothy Jordan
7. Grace Phillips


  1. ^ Ziegler, Philip, William IV, William Collins, 1971, p. 108.
  2. ^ "No. 18803". The London Gazette. 13 May 1831. p. 923.
  3. ^ Yvonne's Royalty: Peerage
  4. ^ Ziegler, p. 158.
  5. ^ Haines, Sheila; Lawson, Leigh (2007). Poor Cottages & Proud Palaces. The Hastings Press, p. 45.
  6. ^ Mary Gertrude Fitz-Clarence in: [retrieved 5 December 2014].
  7. ^ Weir, Alison (1996),Britain's Royal Families, Random House:London. p304.
  8. ^ Ziegler, p. 270.
  9. ^ Van der Kiste, John, George Fitzclarence, Earl of Munster, Amazon KDP, 2012.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
William Loftus
Lieutenant of the Tower of London
Succeeded by
Lord Frederick FitzClarence
Preceded by
The Marquess Conyngham
Constable of Windsor Castle
Succeeded by
Prince Augustus Frederick
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Earl of Munster
Succeeded by
William FitzClarence
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Earl of Munster was a title created twice, once in the Peerage of Ireland and once in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The first creation came in 1789 in favour of Prince William, the third son of King George III. He was made Duke of Clarence and St Andrews at the same time. When William succeeded to the throne as King William IV in 1830 the titles merged with the crown.

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