Benjamin Mildmay, 1st Earl FitzWalter

British politician (1672–1756)

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The Earl FitzWalter
First Lord of Trade
In office
May 1735 – June 1737
Monarch George II
Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole
Preceded by The Earl of Westmorland
Succeeded by The Lord Monson
Treasurer of the Household
In office
1736–1755
Monarch George II
Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole
The Earl of Wilmington
Hon. Henry Pelham
The Duke of Newcastle
Preceded by The Lord De La Warr
Succeeded by The Lord Berkeley of Stratton
Personal details
Born 27 December 1672 (1672-12-27)
Died 29 February 1756 (1756-03-01) (aged 83)
London
Nationality British
Spouse Lady Frederica Schomberg (1688–1751)

Benjamin Mildmay, 1st Earl FitzWalter PC (27 December 1672 – 29 February 1756), styled The Honourable Benjamin Mildmay until 1728 and known as The Lord FitzWalter between 1728 and 1730, was a British politician. He served as First Lord of Trade between 1735 and 1737 and as Treasurer of the Household between 1737 and 1755.

Background[edit]

Mildmay was a younger son of Benjamin Mildmay, 17th Baron FitzWalter, by the Honourable Catherine, daughter of William Fairfax, 3rd Viscount Fairfax of Emley.[citation needed]

He was one of the original backers of the Royal Academy of Music, establishing a London opera company which commissioned numerous works from Handel, Bononcini and others.[1]

Political career[edit]

Mildmay served as Commissioner of Excise between 1720 and 1728. The latter year he succeeded his elder brother in the barony of FitzWalter and took his seat in the House of Lords.

In 1730, he was created Viscount Harwich, in the County of Essex, and Earl FitzWalter.[2] In 1735, he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed First Lord of Trade under Sir Robert Walpole,[3] a post he held until 1737, and then served as Treasurer of the Household between 1736 and 1755. He was also Lord-Lieutenant of Essex from 1741 to 1756.

Personal life[edit]

Lord FitzWalter married Lady Frederica Susanna, daughter of Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg and widow of Robert Darcy, 3rd Earl of Holderness, in 1724. They had no children. She died in August 1751. Lord FitzWalter died in London in February 1756, aged 83. The viscountcy and earldom died with him, while the barony fell into abeyance.

The barony of FitzWalter was brought out of abeyance for the descendants of his sister Mary; once for Henry FitzWalter Plumptre, son of John Bridges Plumptre and Elizabeth Wright in 1924; and again, in 1953, for his nephew, Fitzwalter Brook Plumptre.

References[edit]

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  1. ^ Thomas McGeary. The Politics of Opera in Handel’s Britain. Cambridge University Press, 2013. p.254
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Political offices
Preceded by

First Lord of Trade
1735–1737
Succeeded by

Preceded by

Treasurer of the Household
1737–1755
Succeeded by

Honorary titles
Preceded by

Lord-Lieutenant of Essex
1741–1756
Succeeded by

Peerage of England
Preceded by

Baron FitzWalter
1728–1756
In abeyance

Title next held by

Henry Plumptre