Lecture: The Fairfax of Virginia-Oct. 10 | News Release | City of Alexandria

Lecture: Fairfax of Virginia. The Forgotten Story of America’s only Peerage 1690-1960


The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum

201 S. Washington St.

Tuesday, Oct. 10

Lecture at 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


Hugh Fairfax, author of the newly published “Fairfax of Virginia, The Forgotten Story of America’s Only Peerage 1690-1960,” will debut his family history research at his first speaking engagement in the US at The Lyceum.  The younger brother of the current Lord Fairfax, Hugh has been researching his family history for many years and is excited to share the Fairfax story during the 275th Commemoration of the founding of Fairfax County.  His book will be available for purchase at the lecture.


The Fairfax family has a long history in Alexandria of course!  The famous “Lord Fairfax House,” 607 Cameron Street, was built in 1816 by William Yeaton (the architect of George Washington’s tomb), is famous for a later owner, Bryan Fairfax. An ordained clergyman, Bryan gave up the cloth when he succeeded to the title of the eighth Lord Fairfax. Bryan’s grandson Orlando was a successful physician in Alexandria, until he succeeded to the title in 1846, and he owned the house until Union forces seized it during the Civil War. Now, one of Orlando’s descendants returns to Alexandria.


Hugh Fairfax, the younger brother of the current Lord Fairfax (Nicholas, 14th Lord Fairfax) can trace his line of descent from Thomas, 6thFairfax, the Proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia. Hugh comes to the Lyceum to discuss his book about his family’s time in Virginia, where they once owned one-fifth of the Commonwealth’s acreage. Hugh grew up near London and was educated at the famous Eton College. Apart from writing about the family’s history, Hugh is a well-known marine artist who exhibits regularly both at home and abroad.


Hugh lives in London with his wife Victoria, an accomplished interior designer who was closely involved in the restoration of Skibo Castle, the famous American tycoon Andrew Carnegie’s magnificent retreat in the Highlands of Scotland.


Although the Fairfax family have been English for over 100 years since Hugh’s grandfather returned there to re-claim the title, he has long been fascinated by the family’s forgotten American history and this book is the result of many years of absorbing research and re-discovery.


The lecture is free, although reservations are encouraged. You can reserve seats at https://shop.alexandriava.gov.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Nicole.Quinn@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4554, Virginia Relay 711.  

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