Thomas Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 10th Earl Fitzwilliam

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The Earl Fitzwilliam

The 10th Earl Fitzwilliam
William Thomas George Wentworth-Fitzwilliam

(1904-05-28)28 May 1904
Died21 September 1979(1979-09-21) (aged 75)
Joyce FitzAlan-Howard, Viscountess FitzAlan of Derwent(m. 1956)
Parent(s)George Wentworth-Fitzwilliam
Evelyn Lyster

William Thomas George Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 10th Earl Fitzwilliam JP (28 May 1904 – 21 September 1979), known as Tom, was a British peer. He was the 10th and last Earl Fitzwilliam. He died in 1979 at Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire. [1] He left no issue from his marriage. [2] He left £11,776,401 gross (£11,584,880 net), thus paying virtually no death duties. [3]



Fitzwilliam was the son of George Wentworth-Fitzwilliam and Evelyn Lyster, daughter of Charles Stephen Lyster. He was educated at Eton in houses run by Reginald Saumarez de Havilland and Clement James Mellish Adie. In 1923, he went up to Magdalene College, Cambridge.

He was appointed Justice of the Peace (JP) for the Liberty of Peterborough.


On 3 April 1956, he married Joyce Elizabeth Mary Langdale (25 April 1898 – 7 June 1995) of Houghton Hall, Yorkshire. She had previously been married to Henry FitzAlan-Howard, 2nd Viscount FitzAlan of Derwent (1883–1962), from whom she was divorced in 1955. [4]

She died in 1995 at her home in Peterborough. [5] Her second husband's home, Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, Yorkshire, is the largest private residence in England. With his second seat of Milton Hall, Peterborough (the largest house in Cambridgeshire), also at her disposal, she may have felt little need to retain Houghton for her own use.


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  1. obituaries: Daily Telegraph, 24 September 1979; Yorkshire Post, 24 September 1979.
  2. Peterborough City Council website, "Wentworth-Fitzwilliam family of Milton". Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  3. The Guardian, 8 December 1979.
  4. Debrett's Peerage, 1968, pp. 452, 453.
  5. obits: Yorkshire Post, 15 June 1995; The Times, 17 June 1995.

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