ANSON, George (1769-1849), of Rushal Hall, Staffs.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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24 Feb. 1806 - Sept. 1841

Family and Education

b. 1769, 2nd s. of George Adams (afterwards Anson) of Shugborough by Mary, da. of George Venables Vernon, 1st Baron Vernon; bro. of Thomas Anson*. educ. Eton 1779-85. m. 27 May 1800, Frances, da. of John William Hamilton, s. of Sir Robert Hamilton, 4th Bt., of Silvertonhill, Lanark, 8s. 5da. KCB 2 Jan. 1815; GCB 29 July 1833.

Offices Held

Cornet 16 Drag. 1786, lt. 1791; capt. 20 Drag. 1792, maj. 1794, brevet lt.-col. 1797; lt.-col. 15 Drag. 1798, brevet col. 1805, brig.-gen. 1809, maj.-gen. 1810; col. 23 Drag. 1814-18, lt.-gen. 1819; col. 4 Drag. 1827-d., gen. 1837.

Groom of bedchamber to Duke of Kent 1800, equerry 1810-20, subsequently to the duchess; a.d.c. to the King 1805; groom of bedchamber to Prince Albert 1840-1.

Lt.-gov. Chelsea Hosp. 1846, gov. May 1849-d.


Anson was defeated in a by-election at Great Yarmouth, where his family had some interest, in 1795. During this period he was serving in Jamaica. When he entered Parliament in 1806, it was as his elder brother’s successor at Lichfield, where the family interest commanded one seat, and he was unopposed in this period. Fox had just made his brother a viscount and he could be relied on to support the Grenville ministry. He divided with them for the repeal of Pitt’s Additional Force Act, 30 Apr. 1806. He was listed a staunch friend to the abolition of the slave trade. On 9 Apr. 1807 he voted for Brand’s motion following the dismissal of the ministry. He had not received a place from them, although his brother had applied to Earl Spencer for him, 24 July 1806:

He has a large and increasing family with but a very small income. I cannot express how much I should feel myself obliged to your lordship if you could appoint him to some situation of emolument within the sphere of your extensive patronage, which may not interfere with his military or parliamentary duties.

Spencer had nothing suitable to offer.