ANDERSON, Francis Evelyn (1752-1821).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1774 - 1780
1780 - 1784

Family and Education

b. 8 Apr. 1752, 2nd s. of Francis Anderson of Manby, and bro. of Charles Anderson Pelham. educ. Eton 1763-9. m. Caroline, da. of Gen. James Johnstone, s.p.

Offices Held

Cornet 15 Lt. Drag. 1770, lt. 1779, lt. 1 Ft. Gds. and capt. 1780; maj. 85 Ft. 1783, lt.-col. 1794.


In 1774 Anderson was returned unopposed for Grimsby on his brother’s interest, and in 1780 at Beverley. Like Charles Pelham he voted with the Opposition till the fall of North; voted against Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783, and was classed by Robinson in March 1783 as a follower of Fox. He voted for Pitt’s parliamentary reform proposals, 7 May 1783; for Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783, and was listed as a Foxite by Robinson in January 1784 and in Stockdale’s list of March. George III wrote to Pitt on 30 Mar.:1 ‘I understand ... Beverley is so offended with Major Anderson, that any fresh man would probably succeed there’; and Anderson was defeated at the general election. He does not appear to have attempted to re-enter Parliament. There is no record of his having spoken in the House.

Anderson died 12 Sept. 1821.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond


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