George Anson, Admiral Lord Anson

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Date:1821

Description:George Anson was born at Shugborough on 23 April 1697, the second son of William Anson. He married Elizabeth Yorke, daughter of Lord Hardwicke in 1748, and died suddenly at his home at Moor Park, Hertfordshire in 1762.

He is best known for his Naval career and in particular his circumnavigation on the Centurion from 1740 to 1744. The wealth he acquired during this expedition funded his brother Thomas's improvements to the Shugborough estate in the mid 18th century.

He was appointed Rear-Admiral in 1745, Vice-Admiral in 1746 and First Lord of the Admiralty in 1747, the same year he was created Baron Anson of Soberton. He played a great role in modernising and improving the Navy.

An engraving by J. McArdell published in 1821 after an oil portrait by Joshua Reynolds, originally painted in 1755.


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George Anson, Admiral Lord Anson
George Anson, Admiral Lord Anson

George Anson was born at Shugborough on 23 April 1697, the second son of William ...

1840s
Major General Sir George Anson
Major General Sir George Anson

Major General Sir George Anson (1769-1849) was born at Shugborough, the second son ...

1900s
Sir W.R. Anson
Sir W.R. Anson

Lithograph print. A caricature of Sir William Reynell Anson (1843-1914)by 'Spy' ...

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Source: Staffordshire County Buildings Picture Collection

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