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Henry FitzJames

Henry FitzJames (1st Duke of Albemarle in the Jacobite peerage) (6 August 1673 – 16 December 1702), was the illegitimate son of King James II of England and VII of Scotland by Arabella Churchill, sister of the Duke of Marlborough.


FitzJames was born in St. James's Square, Westminster, then in the county of Middlesex, England. He was the brother of James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick, the French Marshal. On 20 July 1700 he married Marie Gabrielle d'Audibert de Lussan, daughter and heiress of Jean d'Audibert, Comte de Lussan. They had a posthumous daughter, Lady Christine Marie Jacqueline Henriette FitzJames, born 29 May 1703 at Bagnols sur Cèze, Languedoc, France, who became a nun. His widow, Marie Gabrielle d'Audibert de Lussan, Duchess of Albemarle, remarried in May 1707, at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, John Drummond, Marquess of Forth, later 2nd Duke of Melfort (1682–1754)).

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FitzJames was created Duke of Albemarle, together with the subsidiary titles of Earl of Rochford and Baron Romney, by his father on

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