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Arlington, Baron (E, 1664)


Creation: let. pat. 14 Mar 1664


Family name: Bennet later FitzRoy later Forwood












Henry [Bennet], 1st Baron Arlington later 1st Earl of Arlington, KG PC

2nd son of Sir John Bennet, of Dawley, co. Middlesex, by his wife Dorothy Crofts, dau. of Sir John Crofts, of Saxham, co. Suffolk


c. 1620


c. Mar 1664/5 Baroness Isabella de Nassau (d. 18 Jan 1717/8), dau. of Louis de Nassau, Baron of Leck and Beverwaet, by his wife Countess Elizabeth van Horn, dau. of Jean van Horn, Count of Horn, Seigneur de Kessel

only child

1. Lady Isabella Bennet, later Countess of Arlington


s.p.m. 28 Jul 1685


14 Mar 1664 Baron Arlington, of Arlington in the County of Middlesex, with remainder, failing his issue male, to the heirs of his body

22 Apr 1672 Baron Arlington, of Arlington in the County of Middlesex, Viscount Thetford, of Thetford in the County of Norfolk, and Earl of Arlington, with a similar remainder, and in default of heirs of his body, to his brother Sir John Bennet (later 1st Baron Ossulston) and the heirs male of his body

suc. by



Secretary to the Duke of York 1649-58;  knighted 1656/7;  envoy to Madrid 1658-61;  Member of Parliament for Callington 1661-65;  Keeper of the Privy Purse 1661;  Privy Councillor 1662;  Secretary of State 1662-74;  Postmaster General 1665-85;  Knight of the Garter 1672;  Lord Chamberlain of the Household 1674-85;  Grand Master of Freemasons 1679-85;  Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk 1681-84


Isabella [Bennet later FitzRoy], suo jure Countess of Arlington


c. 1668

mar. (1)

1 Aug 1672 Henry Charles [FitzRoy], 1st Earl of Euston later 1st Duke of Grafton (d. 9 Oct 1690), illegit. son of King Charles II by his mistress Barbara [Villiers later Palmer], suo jure Duchess of Cleveland

only child by first husband

1. Lord Charles FitzRoy, later 2nd Duke of Grafton and 3rd Earl of Arlington

mar. (2)

14 Oct 1698 Sir Thomas Hanmer, 4th Bt. MP (mar. (2) Elizabeth Folkes, only dau. and hrss. of Thomas Folkes, of Barton, co. Suffolk;  dsp. 5 May 1746), of Hanmer, co. Flint, and Mildenhall, co. Suffolk, son of William Hanmer, by his wife Peregrine North, dau. of Sir Henry North


7 Feb 1722/3

suc. by

son by first husband


Charles [FitzRoy], 2nd Duke of Grafton and 3rd Earl of Arlington, KG


suc. his father 9 Oct 1690 as 2nd Duke of Grafton and his mother 7 Feb 1722/3 as 3rd Earl of Arlington


The Earldom of Arlington, the Viscountcy of Thetford and the two Baronies of Arlington were held by the Dukes of Grafton from 7 Feb 1722/3 until 4 Aug 1936, when on the death of John Charles William [FitzRoy], 9th Duke of Grafton, 10th Earl of Arlington, etc., the Arlington titles fell into abeyance between his two sisters, Lady Jane Margaret Nelson and Lady Mary Rose Williams.  In 1999 the abeyance of the 1664 Barony of Arlington only was terminated in favour of the senior co-heiress,


Jennifer Jane [Nelson later Forwood], suo jure Baroness Arlington

elder dau. of Maj Gen Sir Eustace John Blois Nelson KCVO CB DSO OBE MC, by his wife Lady Margaret Jane FitzRoy, 1st dau. of Lord William Henry Alfred FitzRoy, styled Viscount Ipswich, and first sister of John Charles William [FitzRoy], 9th Duke of Grafton


7 May 1939


8 Dec 1964 Capt Rodney Simon Dudley Forwood (b. 24 Sep 1940; d. 1999), of Slade Bottom House, Stoke, co. Hampshire, stepson of Sir Dudley Forwood, 3rd Bt., and son of Frederick Robert Cullingford by his wife Mary Gwendoline Freeman-Thomas, former wife of Hon Inigo Brassey Freeman-Thomas, styled Viscount Ratendone later 2nd Marquess of Willingdon, and 1st dau. of Basil Samuel Foster, of Worcester


1. Hon Patrick John Dudley Forwood (b. 23 Apr 1967), mar. Jun 2001 Victoria Alexandra Hamilton (former wife of ..... Hamilton), 2nd dau. of Anthony Psychopulos, of Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

2. Hon James Roland Nelson Forwood (b. 16 Mar 1969)


 Last updated 21 Sep 2009




Baroness Arlington, of Arlington in the County of Middlesex (11th in line)

(England, let. pat. 14 Mar 1664)



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