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Fairfax, Thomas

Sarah Shaver Hughes

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.0100273

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Fairfax, Thomas (22 October 1693–09 December 1781), sixth Lord Fairfax, baron of Cameron (1710-1781), proprietor of the Northern Neck in Virginia, sixth Lord Fairfax, baron of Cameron (1710–1781), proprietor of the Northern Neck in Virginia, was born at Leeds Castle, Kent, England, the son of Thomas Fairfax and Catherine Culpeper. His inheritance from his father in 1710 included the title Lord Fairfax, baron of Cameron; estates in York; and debts. His mother was to bequeath him the proprietorship and Leeds Castle. Fairfax studied at Oriel College, Oxford, from 1710 to 1713. He neither married nor had children, evidently by choice, for he refused marriage even when his guardians proposed that it might rescue his fortune. Instead, the family estates in York were sold, and eventually the sixth Lord Fairfax abandoned Leeds Castle to his younger brother in order to exploit his Virginia lands in the area known as Northern Neck, which lay between the Rappahannock and Potomac rivers....

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