Henry FitzClarence

Henry Edward FitzClarence (27 March 1795 – September 1817), was the second eldest illegitimate son of William IV by his longtime mistress Dorothea Jordan. Born in Petersham, he died unmarried in India in 1817 at age 22 before his father's death.[1]

Henry FitzClarence
Born27 March 1795
Petersham, London, England
DiedSeptember 1817 (aged 22)
Noble familyFitzClarence
FatherWilliam IV
MotherDorothea Jordan


Ancestors of Henry FitzClarence
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. Henry Fitzclarence
24. James Bland
12. Nathaniel Bland
25. Lucy Brewster
6. Francis Bland
13. Elizabeth Heaton
3. Dorothy Jordan
7. Grace Phillips


  1. ^ Peerage
Descendants of George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Here follows a list of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of George III of the United Kingdom and his wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Their children include George IV of the United Kingdom, William IV of the United Kingdom, and Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover. Their grandchildren include Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and King George V of Hanover. Their great-grandchildren include King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover.

Dorothea Jordan

Dorothea Jordan (22 November 1761 – 5 July 1816) also known interchangeably as Mrs Jordan, and previously Miss Francis or Miss Bland, was an Anglo-Irish actress, courtesan, and the mistress and companion of the future King William IV of the United Kingdom, for 20 years (1791-1811) while he was Duke of Clarence. Together they had ten illegitimate children, all of whom took the surname FitzClarence.


Fitzclarence or FitzClarence is a pseudo-Anglo-Norman name meaning "son of Clarence"—it usually refers to a bastard son of a Duke of Clarence, or a descendant thereof, and was used by them as a surname.

The FitzClarence family was an illegitimate branch of the House of Hanover. Prince William, Duke of Clarence, and future king William IV of the United Kingdom, had at least ten children with his mistress Dorothea Jordan, all of whom took the surname FitzClarence. All of them were also granted by their father the rank of a marquess' younger sons or daughters.

The Duke of Clarence's eldest surviving illegitimate child, George FitzClarence (1794–1842), was created Earl of Munster in 1831 and his male-line was continued until the death of Anthony FitzClarence, 7th Earl of Munster in 2000. Two of Lord Munster's brothers, Frederick and Augustus (a priest), had issue that were also part of the family. Five daughters of William IV and Dorothy Jordan were married to nobles or prominent military figures, including William Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll, Lucius Cary, 10th Viscount Falkland, and Admiral Lord John Hallyburton. Only one, Mary, had no children.

The 10 children of Prince William, Duke of Clarence, future King of Great Britain and his mistress, Dorothy Jordan, and their descendants:

George FitzClarence (1794–1842) and his grandson:

Charles FitzClarence (1865–1914)

Henry FitzClarence (1795–1817)

Sophia FitzClarence (1796–1837)

Mary FitzClarence (1798–1864)

Frederick FitzClarence (1799–1854)

Elizabeth FitzClarence (1801–1856)

Adolphus FitzClarence (rear admiral) (1802–1856) (no issue)

Augusta FitzClarence (1803–1865)

Augustus FitzClarence (1805–1854)

Amelia FitzClarence (1807–1858)

William FitzClarence, 2nd Earl of Munster (1824–1901)

Geoffrey FitzClarence, 3rd Earl of Munster (1859–1902)

Aubrey FitzClarence, 4th Earl of Munster (1862–1928)

Geoffrey FitzClarence, 5th Earl of Munster (1906–1975)

Edward FitzClarence, 6th Earl of Munster (1899–1983)

Anthony FitzClarence, 7th Earl of Munster (1926–2000)

Olivia Serres

Olivia Serres (3 April 1772 – 21 November 1834), known as Olive, was a British painter and writer, born at Warwick. She is also known as an English impostor, who claimed the title of Princess Olive of Cumberland.

William IV of the United Kingdom

William IV (William Henry; 21 August 1765 – 20 June 1837) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death in 1837. The third son of George III, William succeeded his elder brother George IV, becoming the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain's House of Hanover.

William served in the Royal Navy in his youth, spending time in North America and the Caribbean, and was later nicknamed the "Sailor King". In 1789, he was created Duke of Clarence and St Andrews. In 1827, he was appointed as Britain's first Lord High Admiral since 1709. As his two older brothers died without leaving legitimate issue, he inherited the throne when he was 64 years old. His reign saw several reforms: the poor law was updated, child labour restricted, slavery abolished in nearly all of the British Empire, and the British electoral system refashioned by the Reform Act 1832. Although William did not engage in politics as much as his brother or his father, he was the last monarch to appoint a prime minister contrary to the will of Parliament. Through his brother Adolphus, the Viceroy of Hanover, he granted his German kingdom a short-lived liberal constitution.

At the time of his death William had no surviving legitimate children, but he was survived by eight of the ten illegitimate children he had by the actress Dorothea Jordan, with whom he cohabited for twenty years. Late in life, he married and apparently remained faithful to the young princess who would become Queen Adelaide. William was succeeded in the United Kingdom by his niece Victoria and in Hanover by his brother Ernest Augustus.

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