Anson, George, 1797-1857, Major-General

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Anson, George, 1797-1857, Major-General

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Major General George Anson was born on 13 October 1797, the son of Thomas, first Viscount Anson, and his wife Anne Margaret Coke. Educated at Eton, Anson joined the Scots Fusilier guards in 1814 and served at Waterloo the following year.

In 1819 he was elected Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth, a position he held until 1834. He was MP for Stoke-on-Trent in 1836-1837 and for Staffordshire South between 1837 and 1853, and held minor office under whig governments as principal storekeeper of the ordnance between 1835 and 1841, and clerk of the ordnance between 1846 and 1852. In 1830 he married Isabella Elizabeth Annabella Weld-Forester, daughter of the 1st Baron Forester.

In 1838 Anson was promoted to colonel and in 1851 to major-general. In 1853 he was sent to Bengal in India, becoming commander of the army of the Madras Presidency the following year and Commander-in-Chief in India in 1856.

Following the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny in 1857, Anson led the march on Delhi. However he contracted cholera on the way and died at Karnal on 27 May 1857 at the age of 59.


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A. J. Arbuthnot, ‘Anson, George (1797–1857)’, rev. James Lunt, in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 2004)

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