Identity Statement for Fitzwilliam family

  • Reference code: IE UCDA P3
  • Title: Papers of the Fitzwilliam family
  • Dates: 1693–1852
  • Level of description: Fonds
  • Extent: 1 box
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use
  • Allied Material

Biographical History

The Fitzwilliam family were a very wealthy British family. William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 2nd (4th) Earl Fitzwilliam, inherited the Wentworth estates in England and Ireland when his uncle, Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham, died in 1782. He subsequently became one of the richest members of the nobility.

Archival History

This collection was original acquired by UCD Library and was subsequently transferred to UCD Archives.

Scope and Content

A collection of papers mainly arising from or associated with Fitzwilliam family finances, probably accumulated by an auctioneer or bookseller.

Family correspondence and documents concerning financial matters including letters (1782–1817) from William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam, to John Beresford MP (1795) and Henry Addington, Viscount Sidmouth (1817).

Letters from Charlotte Watson-Wentworth, Lady Rockingham, to Nesbitt & Stewart (bankers), London, mainly concerning the marriage settlement of her sister, Harriet Sturgeon (1775–90).

Exchequer receipts for royal levies (1693–1768).

  • Access: Available by appointment to holders of a UCDA reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in original format. Original material will be retrieved at 11am and 2pm only.
  • Language: English
  • Finding aid: Descriptive list

The main Fitzwilliam Collection, under the title the Wentworth Woodhouse Collection, is housed in the Sheffield Archives.

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