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  • proper n. A patronymic surname.


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From Fitz- + William.


  • How glad I am that I overcame my Pride and Prejudice to make you my bride and how happy I am we have two healthy sons, both like me, called Fitzwilliam!

    Digested read: Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James

  • At the Irish Council his enemies were the viceroy and Marshal Bagnal, whose sister he had married; but the queen censured Bagnal and recalled Fitzwilliam, appointing in his place Sir William Russell.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • Pitt that it would be better to recall Fitzwilliam than to allow further concessions to Catholics, a subject which was "beyond the decision of any Cabinet of Ministers."

    William Pitt and the Great War

  • I take it quite personally that Mr Darcy (first name Fitzwilliam, but best not to dwell on that) has not topped a new list of the most romantic literary heroes as voted by Mills and Boon readers.


  • Plants collected by the Victorian Fitzwilliam family, who also owned the even bigger mansion of Wentworth Woodhouse five miles away, were returned to China a decade ago to replace species lost in dam-building and rural development.

    UK landmarks saved by £11m lottery grant

  • Amateur archaeologist and collector of Roman relics, his collection is now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

    Index of People

  • For inspiration, Ms. Bridgewater visits museums with important ceramics collections, such as London's Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

    The Queen of Mugs and Saucers

  • We don't want to hear how their oldest son, Fitzwilliam Junior, flunks out of Cambridge University and becomes an alcoholic; of how their second son Montmorency becomes a vicar and is found in flagrante delicto with a choirboy, or of how their daughter Esmeralda runs away and becomes a showgirl in Deadwood, S.D.

    Alan Elsner: The Mr. Darcy Industry

  • But if you want period charm in this ancient city, try the Hotel du Vin 01223 227330, on Trumpington St, near the Fitzwilliam, with dinner, bed and breakfast from £156 for two.

    Five great British city breaks

  • Admire the university's art collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum (Trumpington St, 01223 332900, and, if your brain isn't aching afterwards, take in the Andrew Lanyon exhibition at Kettle's Yard (Castle Street, 01223 748100,, on until 18 September.

    Five great British city breaks


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