The arms are those of Mildmay quartering Fairfax with Schomberg in pretence for Benjamin Mildmay, 19th Baron Fitzwalter and 1st Earl Fitzwalter. He was born in 1672, the son of Benjamin Mildmay (1645-1679) by his wife Catherine, daughter of William Fairfax, 3rd Viscount Fairfax. He was married in 1724 to Frederica, eldest daughter and co-heir of Meinhardt, 3rd Duke of Schomberg (1641-1719) and widow of Robert Darcy, 3rd Earl of Holderness (1681-1721).
Mildmay, who was created Earl Fitzwalter in 1735, was said at the time of his death in 1756 by Horace Walpole to have been 'an old Beau.' Jonathan Swift, professing to quote Sir Conyers D'Arcy, said that he was 'so avarice a wretch that he would let his own father be buried without a coffin to save charges.' It has been suggested, however, that Swift was angry at not obtaining from Mildmay the £50 for a monument to the Duke of Schomberg, his (Swift's) wife's grandfather. (The Complete Peerage)
A second course dish, Paul de Lamerie, London, 1725, engraved with the same arms and crest, was sold at Christie's, London, 13 May 1992, lot 177; and twelve matching dinner plates, numbered 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 19, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30 and 33 are at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Beth Carver Wees, in the catalogue of that collection (Hudson Hills Press, New York, 1997, pp. 152-153, no. 78), records that these plates and much other silver supplied by Paul de Lamerie and others to Earl Fitzwalter, are listed in an inventory of his plate preserved in the Essex Record Office (MS D/DM F12).
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