Colonel Fitzwilliam is a character in Pride and Prejudice. He is the youngest son of an earl and the nephew of Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Lady Anne Darcy. This makes him the cousin of Anne de Bourgh and the Darcy siblings, Fitzwilliam and Georgiana. His first name is unknown and never mentioned. He is about 30 years old at the beginning of the novel. He is the co-guardian of Miss Georgiana Darcy, along with his cousin, Mr. Darcy. He has two older brothers who never appear in the book. As was tradition for the third sons of peers, he joined the military. The middle Fitzwilliam son is likely a member of the clergy, also according to tradition, while the eldest holds the subsidiary title and is likely immersed in the estate. As he is older than Darcy and Anne de Bourgh, it is likely that his father has several years on both of his sisters, since he also has two other sons.
Though he's commonly addressed as "Colonel", we learn nothing more about his military career. Indeed, it is likely no more than decoration as he is an earl's son.
He tells Elizabeth that he must marry for money in order to support himself, which is why the two of them can never be more than friends.
Personality and traitsEdit
He is seen to be "most truly" a gentleman. He is also described as being well-bred and capable of talking pleasantly and smart enough to enjoy talking with Elizabeth. He is very charming. He is "not handsome" and although the son of an earl, has very little inheritance.
He approved of Darcy rescuing one of his friends from an unsuitable marriage, whom he correctly guessed was Bingley, and jested that is was a "triumph", not knowing that Jane Bennet, the lady in question, was Elizabeth's sister. In doing so he provided, though unknowingly, more reason for Elizabeth to dislike his cousin.
Titles and stylesEdit
As a son of an earl, Fitzwilliam would have been styled at his birth as The Honourable Mr. (First name) Fitzwilliam.
As a colonel, he is styled as The Honourable Colonel (First name) Fitzwilliam.