Fairfax of Virginia
Fairfax of Virginia - The forgotten Story of American's Only Peerage 1690-1960 by Hugh Fairfax. ISBN 978-1-5272-0645-8. Hardcover with 191 pages.
This book tells how the ancient and noble Fairfax family of Yorkshire, famed for the actions of Sir Thomas Fairfax during the English Civil War, came to settle on a vast swathe of Virginia before the American Revolution. For over six generations they played an active part in many of the key events that helped shape America until, strangely, they forsook the New World and returned to the Old. They were unique as the only members of the British House of Lords – the Peerage – to be permanently resident in America.
We hear of the close friendship between Washington and various other members of the Fairfax family: George William Fairfax of Belvoir and his beautiful wife Sally Cary Fairfax, to whom the future First President forms a passionate and lasting attachment. Rev. Bryan Fairfax, 8th Lord, a regular correspondent of Washington and friend until the end. Thanks to their friendship with Washington, the family are spared expulsion during the Revolution and take their place as citizens of the newly formed United States of America.
The Fairfax family occupies a unique place in the story of America, as the only members of the British House of Lords – the Peerage – to have been long time residents of the United States. For over 150 years, first as colonialists and then as loyal citizens of the Republic, they played an active part in many of the great events that helped make America the country it is today.