a significant history
The 3rd baronet was also responsible for two of the most significant pieces of family history for Goodnestone Park. The first event was his marriage to Fanny Fowler, co-heiress of the barony of FitzWalter. The ancient peerage of FitzWalter was established in 1295 by the grandson of Robert FitzWalter.
Robert FitzWalter was instrumental in forcing King John to sign the Magna Carta in 1215 and earned his place as a prominent figure in history. The barony of FitzWalter was also prominent throughout the Tudor period as several FitzWalters were leading courtiers and politicians. In 1529, Viscount FitzWalter also became the Earl of Sussex. The title passed on through his family line until the title eventually became extinct.