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Guide to the Charles Alfred Euston Fitzroy Diary, 1949 February 7-October 7

Abstract

Charles Alfred Euston FitzRoy (1892-1970), 10th Duke of Grafton, was a soldier and farmer.

The collection consists of a single daily diary that records the events of two trips taken by Charles Alfred Euston FitzRoy and his third wife, Rita, in 1949. Slightly less than half of the diary is used, 171 pages in all, with entries from February 7 through May 28, and from August 8 through October 7. The first portion of the diary describes FitzRoy's daily activities while staying on his ranch near Enkeldoorn in Southern Rhodesia (now Chivhu, Zimbabwe) in March and April and while in Kenya visiting acquaintances in February and on safari in May. The second used portion of the diary records the daily activities of FitzRoy, his family, and friends while hunting in northern Scotland.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Grafton, Charles Alfred Euston Fitzroy, Duke of, 1892-1970.
Title
Charles Alfred Euston Fitzroy Diary 1949 February 7-October 7
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 1 Item
Location
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Collection Overview

The collection consists of a single daily diary that records the events of two trips taken by Charles Alfred Euston FitzRoy, 10th Duke of Grafton, and his third wife, Rita, in 1949. Slightly less than half of the diary is used, 171 pages in all, with entries from February 7 through May 28, and from August 8 through October 7.

The first portion of the diary describes FitzRoy's daily activities while staying on his ranch near Enkeldoorn in Southern Rhodesia (now Chivhu, Zimbabwe) in March and April and while in Kenya visiting acquaintances in February and on safari in May. Comments on ranch operations are often brief references to visiting "the dip" where livestock is submerged in chemicals to kill parasites, but include references to a cattle drive to Salisbury (now Harare, Zimbabwe). Outside of ranching, much of FitzRoy's time was spent sketching, visiting acquaintances, and sightseeing in nature reserves and towns including Victoria Falls in Southern Rhodesia, Livingstone and Mazabuka in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), and Fort Victoria (now Masvingo, Zimbabwe). Daily commentary during the 12-day hunting safari in Kenya is more extensive, providing details about stalking and killing several types of antelope, a gazelle, an impala, a zebra, and an African buffalo.

The second used portion of the diary records the daily activities of FitzRoy, his family, and friends, including the Duke of Gloucester on a few occasions, while hunting in northern Scotland. Comments chiefly recount the location of various members of the party and the number and type of animals killed, typically grouse, stags, and rabbits.

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Contents of the Collection

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1892 June 4Charles Alfred Euston FitzRoy born to Reverend Lord Charles FitzRoy, third and youngest son of the 7th Duke, and Ismay Mary Helen Augusta FitzRoy, daughter of the 3rd Baron Southampton
1911Joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers in Quetta
1917Appointed aide-de-camp and comptroller to Lord Buxton, Governor General of South Africa
1918Married Lady Doreen Maria Josepha Sydney Buxton (1897-1923), daughter of his commanding officer, Lord Buxton
1919Birth of Hugh Denis Charles FitzRoy, 11th Duke of Grafton; married to Ann Fortune Smith
1920Birth of Lady Anne Mildred Ismay FitzRoy; married to Major Colin Mackenzie
1921Retired from the army
1921-1927Farmed at Coney Weston in Suffolk
1923Birth of Lord Charles Oliver Edward FitzRoy (d. 1944); killed in action
1924Married Lucy Eleanor Barnes (1897-1943), daughter of Sir George Stapylton Barnes
1927-1936Served as land agent for his first wife’s maternal uncle, Owen Hugh Smith at Langham in Rutland
1928Birth of Lord Edward Anthony Charles FitzRoy (d. 2007); married to Veronica Ruttledge
1932Birth of Lord Michael Charles FitzRoy (d. 1954); presumed drowned in the Solomon Islands
1936Succeeded his cousin to become the 10th Duke of Grafton; inherited the family estate at Euston Hall in Thetford, Norfolk
1944Married Mrs. Rita Emily Currie (1911-1970), daughter of John Ralph Stockley Carr-Ellison
1970 November 11Died at Bury St. Edmunds

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Alfred Euston Fitzroy Diary, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Charles Alfred Euston Fitzroy Diary was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Danielle Moore, July 2010

Encoded by Danielle Moore, July 2010

Accession 1998-0003 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.