Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Jane Austen's Colonel Fitzwilliam ('Pride and Prejudice')

How did Colonel Fitzwilliam come to have Darcy's christian name as his surname? Mothers' maiden names were sometimes taken as christian names. Probably the Colonel's father - before becoming a lord - was Mr. Fitzwilliam and Mr. Fitzwilliam's sisters were Lady Anne Fitzwilliam (Darcy's mother) and Lady Catherine Fitzwilliam (who later became Lady Catherine de Bourgh).