William Wentworth FitzWilliam, Viscount Milton

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About William Wentworth FitzWilliam, Viscount Milton


William Wentworth Fitzwilliam, Viscount Milton (27 July 1839 – 17 January 1877) was a British politician and explorer.

Milton was the eldest son of William Wentworth-FitzWilliam, 6th Earl FitzWilliam, and his wife Lady Frances Harriet, daughter of George Douglas, 17th Earl of Morton, and was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was epileptic.

Arriving in Quebec City in July 1862, Milton and Dr Walter Butler Cheadle traveled across the North American continent, wintering near Fort Carlton. After a challenging and at times humorous summer they reached Victoria, BC. Together with Butler Cheadle, he traveled up the Athabasca River and in 1863 they became the first "tourists" to travel through the Yellowhead Pass.

They later co-authored "The North-West Passage by Land" and " Voyage de l'Atlantique au Pacifique, à travers le Canada", which described their expedition in considerable detail.

Following his adventure in Canada, Milton entered politics and became one of the youngest members of the House of Commons. He represented the West Riding of Yorkshire South between 1865 and 1872.

Marriage and issue

On 10 August 1867, in London, Lord Milton married Laura Maria Theresa (3 January 1849-30 March 1886 Wentworth Woodhouse), daughter of Lord Charles Beauclerk. They had one son and three daughters;

Lady Laura Mary Wentworth-FitzWilliam (1 February 1869-2 March 1936)

Mabel Florence Harriett Wentoworth-FitzWilliam (14 July 1870-26 September 1951)

William Charles de Meuron Wentworth-FitzWilliam (25 July 1872-15 February 1943)

Lady Theresa Evelyn Vilunza Wentworth-FitzWilliam (b. 5 September 1875)

He died in January 1877, aged only 37, predeceasing his father. Their son succeeded as Earl FitzWilliam in 1902.

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William Wentworth FitzWilliam, Viscount Milton's Timeline

July 27, 1839
February 1, 1869
Age 29
July 14, 1870
Age 30
July 25, 1872
Age 32
Point de Meuron, Canada
September 5, 1875
Age 36
January 17, 1877
Age 37