Charles FitzRoy-Scudamore

Charles FitzRoy-Scudamore (c. 1713 – 22 August 1782) was a British politician.

Born Charles FitzRoy, he was the illegitimate son of Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton. He was educated at Westminster School from 1721 to 1730. He married Frances Scudamore after her divorce from Henry Somerset, 3rd Duke of Beaufort in 1744. She was the only child and heir of James Scudamore, 3rd Viscount Scudamore and he added the Scudamore name to his own on 22 March 1749.[1] Their only child, Frances (1750-1820), became the second wife of Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk.

He was Member of Parliament for Thetford (1733 to 1754), Hereford (1754 to 1768), Heytesbury (1768 to 1774) and Thetford again from 1774 to March 1782.[1] Due to his continued forty-eight-year service in the British House of Commons, FitzRoy-Scudamore succeeded William Aislabie as Father of the House in 1781 but died a year later.


  1. 1 2 Sedgwick, Romney R. (1970). "FITZROY (afterwards FITZROY SCUDAMORE), Charles (?1713-82), of Holme Lacy, Herefs.". In Sedgwick, Romney. The House of Commons 1715-1754. The History of Parliament Trust.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Robert Jacomb
Sir Edmund Bacon
Member of Parliament for Thetford
With: Sir Edmund Bacon 1733–1739
Lord Augustus FitzRoy 1739–1741
Lord Henry Beauclerk 1741–1754
Succeeded by
Lord Henry Beauclerk
Herbert Westfaling
Preceded by
Henry Cornewall
Daniel Leighton
Member of Parliament for Hereford
With: John Symons 1754–1764
John Scudamore 1764–1768
Succeeded by
John Scudamore
Sir Richard Symons
Preceded by
Pierce A'Court-Ashe
William A'Court-Ashe
Member of Parliament for Heytesbury
With: William A'Court-Ashe
Succeeded by
William A'Court-Ashe
Hon. William Gordon
Preceded by
Henry Seymour Conway
Viscount Petersham
Member of Parliament for Thetford
With: Hon. Charles FitzRoy 1774–1780
Richard Hopkins 1780–1782
Succeeded by
Richard Hopkins
Earl of Euston
Court offices
Preceded by
Thomas Archer
Groom Porter
Succeeded by
Francis Buller
Honorary titles
Preceded by
William Aislabie
Father of the House
Succeeded by
The Earl Nugent

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