George Anson (1731-1789)

George Anson (1731-1789)

George Anson (25 July 1731-27 October 1789), known as George Adams until 1773, was a British Whig politician and Staffordshire landowner.

Anson was the son of Sambrooke Adams and his wife Janette, daughter of William Anson and sister of the naval commander Admiral George Anson, 1st Baron Anson and dilettante Thomas Anson. As George Adams, he was a member of Parliament for Saltash when his uncle died.

He was returned to Parliament as one of two representatives for Lichfield in 1770, a seat he held until his death. In 1773, on the death of his uncle Thomas Anson he succeeded to the Anson estates, including the family seat of Shugborough Hall. He assumed by sign manual the surname and arms of Anson.

Anson married The Hon. Mary Venables-Vernon of Sudbury Hall, daughter of George Venables-Vernon, 1st Baron Vernon, in 1763. She was sister to Edward Vernon-Harcourt, Archbishop of York, and a descendent the Dukes of Norfolk.

Several of their children gained distinction: Thomas was elevated to the peerage as Viscount Anson in 1806 and was the father of Thomas Anson, 1st Earl of Lichfield and of Major-General George Anson

Sir George was an army general and colonel of the 4th Dragoon Guards, Equerry to Victoria, Duchess of Kent and Groom of the Bedchamber to Prince Albert

William was created a Baronet (see Anson Baronets) in 1831.

The Very Rev. Frederick Anson, D.D., became Dean of Chester. He married Mary Anne Levett, daughter of Rev. Richard Levett of nearby Milford Hall, in 1807. George Anson died in October 1789, aged 58.

Anne Anson married in 1792 Bell Lloyd of Crogan, younger brother to the 1st Baron Lloyd-Mostyn and was mother to William H.C. Lloyd, Archdeacon of Durban. She died in 1822.

Mary Anson married in 1785 Sir F. Ford, Bt. and died in 1837.


Burke's Peerage Baronetage & Knightage, 107th Edition (ISBN: 0971196621)

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