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The Earl of Munster
Earl of Munster 25 February 1882
The Earl of Munster as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, February 1882
Born (1824-05-19)19 May 1824
Dun House, Montrose, Scotland
Died 30 April 1901(1901-04-30) (aged 76)
Noble family FitzClarence
Spouse(s) Wilhelmina Kennedy-Erskine
Issue Edward, Viscount FitzClarence
Hon. Lionel Frederick Archibald
Geoffrey FitzClarence, 3rd Earl of Munster
Hon. Arthur Falkland Manners
Aubrey FitzClarence, 4th Earl of Munster
Hon. William George
Hon. Harold Edward
Lady Lillian Boyd
Lady Dorothea Lee-Warner
Father George FitzClarence, 1st Earl of Munster
Mother Mary Wyndham

William FitzClarence, 2nd Earl of Munster, (19 May 1824 – 30 April 1901), styled Viscount FitzClarence from 1831 to 1842, was a British peer. He was named after his grandfather, King William IV.


Arms of the House of FitzClarence

Arms of FitzClarence, Earl of Munster: The royal arms of King William IV (without the escutcheon of the Arch Treasurer of the Holy Roman Empire and without the Crown of Hanover) debruised by a baton sinister azure charged with three anchors or[1]

FitzClarence's father, George FitzClarence, 1st Earl of Munster, was an illegitimate son of King William IV by his long-time mistress Dorothea Jordan. Therefore, the second Earl of Munster was the great-grandson of King George III and first cousin once removed of Queen Victoria. His mother was Mary Wyndham (d. 3 December 1842), the illegitimate daughter of George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont.

FitzClarence succeeded as the 2nd Earl of Munster on the suicide of his father, on 20 March 1842. For the most part, FitzClarence led a typical Victorian upper-class life of hunting parties and balls.

He purchased a commission as ensign and lieutenant in the Scots Fusilier Guards on 1 July 1842.[2] On 7 April 1843, he purchased a cornetcy and sub-lieutenancy in the Grenadier Guards.[3] He purchased a lieutenancy on 1 May 1846[4] and a captaincy on 16 March 1849.[5] Munster retired from the Army in April 1851.[6]

Marriage and children[]

FitzClarence married his first cousin Wilhelmina Kennedy-Erskine (27 June 1830 – 9 October 1906) on 17 April 1855. Her mother, Augusta FitzClarence, was the sister of his father, George Augustus FitzClarence. In later life, she became a novelist. They had nine children[citation needed]:

  • Edward FitzClarence, Viscount FitzClarence (29 March 1856 – 1870)
  • Hon Lionel Frederick Archibald FitzClarence (24 July 1857 – 24 March 1863)
  • Major Geoffrey George Gordon FitzClarence, 3rd Earl of Munster (18 July 1859 – 2 February 1902); died without issue
  • Hon Arthur Falkland Manners FitzClarence (18 October 1860 – 20 April 1861)
  • Aubrey FitzClarence, 4th Earl of Munster (7 June 1862 – 1 January 1928); died without issue
  • Hon William George FitzClarence (17 September 1864 – 4 October 1899), married Charlotte Elizabeth Williams
  • Hon Harold Edward FitzClarence (15 November 1870 – 28 August 1926); father of Geoffrey FitzClarence, 5th Earl of Munster
  • Lady Lillian Adelaide Katherine Mary FitzClarence (10 December 1873 – 15 July 1948), married Captain William Arthur Edward Boyd
  • Lady Dorothea Augusta FitzClarence (5 May 1876 – 28 January 1942), married Major Chandos Brydges Lee-Warner


Lord Munster died in 1901, at 23 Palmeira Square, Hove, at the age of 77, when his second cousin Edward VII was on the throne of the United Kingdom. He was buried at Cuckfield, Sussex. He was succeeded in the earldom and other titles by his third but eldest surviving son, Geoffrey.


  1. Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p. 813.
  2. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (1 July 1842). "No. 20116". p. 1804. 
  3. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (7 April 1843). "No. 20211". p. 1154. 
  4. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (1 May 1846). "No. 20600". p. 1568. 
  5. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (16 March 1849). "No. 20957". p. 894. 
  6. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£ (13 April 1852). "No. 21309". p. 1057. 


  • Cokayne, George Edward, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, A. Sutton, Gloucester, 1982, volume IX, pp. 430–1.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George FitzClarence
Earl of Munster
Succeeded by
Geoffrey FitzClarence
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