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Lichfield, Earl of (UK, 1831)


Creation: let. pat. 15 Sep 1831


Family name: Anson




Quarterly:  1st, Argent three Bends engrailed and in the sinister chief point a Crescent Gules (Anson);  2nd, Ermine three Cats-a-Mountain passant guardant in pale Sable (Adams);  3rd, Azure three Salmon naiant in pale per pale Or and Argent (Sambrooke);  4th, Sable a Bend Or between three Spear Heads Argent (Carrier)


1st:  Out of a Ducal Coronet Or a Spear Head proper;  2nd:  A Greyhound's Head erased Ermines, gorged with a Collar double gemel Or


On the dexter a Sea Horse, and on the sinister a Lion guardant, both proper and each gorged with a Collar double gemel Or


Nil Desperandum (Despair of nothing)



Thomas William [Anson], 2nd Viscount Anson later 1st Earl of Lichfield, PC

1st son and heir of Thomas [Anson], 1st Viscount Anson, by his wife Lady Anne Margaret Coke, 2nd dau. of Thomas William [Coke], 1st Earl of Leicester


20 Oct 1795


11 Feb 1819 Louise Catherine Phillips (d. 20 Aug 1879), 2nd dau. of Nathaniel Phillips, of Slebech Hall, co. Pembroke, plantation owner in Jamaica, by his wife Mary Dorothy Philipps, dau. of Edward Philipps


1. Hon Thomas George Anson, later 2nd Earl of Lichfield

2. Hon William Victor Leopold Horatio Anson (b. 1 Aug 1833; d. 1856)

3. Lt Col Hon Augustus Henry Archibald Anson VC, Member of Parliament for Lichfield 1859-68 (b. 5 Mar 1835; dsp. 17 Nov 1877), mar. 1 Dec 1863 Amelia Maria Claughton (b. c. 1844; mar. (2) 13 Aug 1881 as his second wife George Douglas [Campbell], 8th Duke of Argyll; dsp. 4 Jan 1894), sister of Sir Gilbert Henry Claughton, 1st Bt., and 1st dau. of Rt Rev Thomas Legh Claughton DD, Bishop of St Albans, by his wife Hon Julia Susanna Ward, 1st dau. of William Humble [Ward], 10th Baron Ward

4. Rt Rev Hon Adelbert John Robert Anson DD, Bishop of Qu'Appelle, Canada (b. 20 Dec 1840; d. 27 May 1909)

1. Lady Louisa Mary Ann Anson (bapt. 7 Dec 1819; d. 27 Aug 1882), mar. 26 Nov 1838 Lt Col Edward King-Tenison, of Kilronan Castle, co. Roscommon (d. 19 Jun 1878), and had issue

2. Lady Anne Frederica Anson (b. 22 Feb 1823; d. 22 Jul 1896), mar. 29 Aug 1843 as his first wife Francis Richard [Charteris-Wemyss-Douglas later Charteris], 8th Earl of Wemyss, and had issue

3. Lady Harriet Frances Maria Anson (b. 26 Dec 1827; d. 15 Feb 1898), mar. 7 Jun 1851 Augustus Henry [Venables-Vernon], 6th Baron Vernon, and had issue

4. Lady Gwendoline Isabella Anna Maria Anson (bapt. 12 Nov 1837; d. 14 Mar 1912), mar. 19 Apr 1865 Nicholas Power O'Shee, of Gardenmorris, co .Waterford (d. 30 Mar 1902), and had issue


18 Mar 1854


15 Sep 1831 Earl of Lichfield

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Whig) for Yarmouth 1818; suc. his father 31 Jul 1818 as 2nd Viscount Anson; Master of the Buckhounds 1830-34;  Privy Councillor 1830; Postmaster General 1835-41; High Steward of Yarmouth 1836-54


Thomas George [Anson], 2nd Earl of Lichfield


15 Aug 1825


10 Apr 1855 Lady Harriett Georgiana Louisa Hamilton (b. 6 Jul 1834; d. 23 Apr 1913), 1st dau. of James [Hamilton], 1st Duke of Abercorn, by his wife Lady Louisa Jane Russell VA, 2nd dau. by his second wife of John [Russell], 6th Duke of Bedford


1. Hon Thomas Francis Anson, later 3rd Earl of Lichfield

2. Lt Col Hon Sir George Augustus Anson KCB CBE MVO KPM DL, Chief Constable of Staffordshire 1888-1929 (b. 22 Dec 1857; d. 25 May 1947), mar. 27 Sep 1884 Blanche Mary Miller (d. 16 Apr 1941), dau. of George Miller, of Brentry, co. Gloucester, and had issue

3. Maj Hon Henry James Anson, ADC to Governor-General of Canada (b. 29 Dec 1858; dsp. 26 Feb 1904), mar. 27 Oct 1902 Lady Adelaide Audrey Ryder (b. 19 Nov 1875; d. 23 Dec 1956), 4th dau. of Henry Dudley [Ryder], 4th Earl of Harrowby, by his wife Susan Juliana Maria Hamilton Dent, only dau. of John Villiers Dent, of Barton Court, co. Hampshire

4. Hon Frederic William Anson (b. 4 Feb 1862; d. 2 Apr 1917), mar. (1) 3 Aug 1886 Florence Louisa Jane Lane (b. 17 Dec 1865; d. 11 Feb 1908), 2nd dau. of Lt Col John Henry Bagot Lane, of King's Bromley, co. Stafford, by his wife Susan Anne Vincent, dau. and cohrss. of Henry William Vincent, of Lily Hill, co. Berkshire, and Bradwell Grove, co. Oxford, and (2) 10 Jun 1915 Edith Rowland (d. 3 Feb 1961), dau. of S E Rowland, of Slinfold, co. Sussex, and had issue by his first wife

5. Hon Claud Anson, Vice Lieutenant of co. Waterford (b. 11 Jan 1864; d. 25 Dec 1947), mar. 27 Feb 1901 Lady Clodagh Beresford (b. 6 Aug 1879;  d. 17 Apr 1957), 3rd dau. of John Henry de la Poer [Beresford], 5th Marquess of Waterford, by his second wife Lady Blanche Elizabeth Adelaide Somerset, only dau. of Henry Charles [Somerset], 8th Duke of Beaufort, and had issue

6. Hon Francis Anson (b. 7 Mar 1867; d. 13 Apr 1928), mar. 15 Jun 1892 Caroline Cleveland (d. 10 Jan 1951), 2nd dau. of George Cleveland, of Coleman, Texas, USA, and had issue

7. Hon William Anson (b. 19 Apr 1872; d. 22 Jun 1926), mar. 17 Jul 1917 Louisa Goddard Van Wagenen (d. 10 Feb 1952), dau. of Frederick de Voe Van Wagenen, of Fulton, New York, USA, and had issue

8. Capt Hon Alfred Anson (b. 15 Apr 1876; dsp. 25 Mar 1844), mar. 1 Jul 1912 Leila Emery (widow of John Josiah Emery, of New York, USA; d. 14 Jul 1953), dau. of Gen Charles T Alexander, of Washington DC, USA

1. Lady Florence Beatrice Anson (b. 12 Aug 1860; d. 25 Sep 1946), mar. 15 Aug 1885 Col Sir Henry Streatfeild GCVO CB CMG TD, of Chiddingstone, co. Kent, Private Secretary and Equerry to Queen Alexandra 1910-25 (b. 4 Jan 1857; d. 26 Jul 1938), 1st son and heir of Lt Col Henry Dorrien Streatfeild DL, of Chiddingstone, co. Kent, by his wife Marion Henrietta Smith, 4th dau. of Oswald Smith, of Blendon Hall, co. Kent, and had issue

2. Lady Beatrice Anson (b. 12 May 1865; d. 15 Dec 1919), mar. 30 Jul 1890 Lt Col Richard Hamilton Rawson MP DL, of Gravenhurst, co. Sussex (d. 12 Oct 1918), and had issue

3. Lady (Mary) Maud Anson OBE (b. 8 Jul 1869; d. 22 Sep 1961), mar. 19 Jul 1893 Hon Edward Alan Dudley Ryder (b. 22 Oct 1869; d. 4 Apr 1949), 3rd son of Henry Dudley [Ryder], 4th Earl of Harrowby, by his wife Susan Juliana Maria Hamilton Dent, only dau. of John Villiers Dent, of Barton Court, co. Hampshire, and had issue

4. Lady Edith Anson (b. 9 Oct 1870; d. 8 Oct 1932), mar. 29 Apr 1895 Lionel Fortescue [King later King-Noel later King], 3rd Earl of Lovelace, and had issue

5. Lady Evelyn Anson (b. Nov 1873; d. 2 Jul 1895)


7 Jan 1892

suc. by



Précis writer at the Foreign Office 1846-47; Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Lichfield 1847-54; Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire 1863-71


Thomas Francis [Anson], 3rd Earl of Lichfield


31 Jan 1856


5 Nov 1878 his first half-cousin twice removed Lady Mildred Coke (b. 24 Jan 1854; d. 12 Mar 1941), 7th dau. of Thomas William [Coke], 2nd Earl of Leicester, by his first wife Juliana Whitbread, 1st dau. of Samuel Charles Whitbread, of Cardington, co. Bedford


1. Hon Thomas Edward Anson, later 4th Earl of Lichfield

2. Hon Arthur Augustus Anson (b. 29 Jul 1887; dsp. 30 Aug 1960), mar. 31 Jul 1929 Beatrice Dora Sassoon, dau. of Walter James

3. Capt Hon Rupert Anson (b. 7 Nov 1889; d. 20 Dec 1966), mar. 26 Nov 1919 Marion Emma Ruthven Halliday (d. 11 Sep 1965), yst. dau. of James Halliday, and had issue

1. Lady Bertha Anson (b. 22 Aug 1879; d. 30 Aug 1959), mar. 23 Oct 1902 Hon Thomas Henry Frederick Egerton (b. 10 Sep 1876; d. 1 Oct 1953), 3rd son of Francis Charles Granville [Egerton], 3rd Earl of Ellesmere, by his wife Lady Katherine Louisa Phipps, 2nd dau. of Constantine [Phipps], 2nd Marquess of Normanby, and had issue

2. Lady Mabel Anson (b. 16 Jul 1882; d. 21 Mar 1972), mar. 12 Oct 1914 Atholl Laurence Cunyngham [Forbes], 22nd Lord Forbes, and had issue

3. Lady Violet Anson (b. 21 Apr 1886; d. 17 Sep 1974), mar. 29 Jul 1912 Col Lancelot Marc Gregson OBE (d. 7 Nov 1935), 2nd son of Rev Charles Gregson, of Burdon and Murton, co. Durham, and had issue


29 Jul 1918

suc. by



Deputy Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company 1889


Thomas Edward [Anson], 4th Earl of Lichfield


9 Dec 1883

mar. (1)

11 Jul 1911 his fourth cousin once removed Evelyn Maud  Keppel (b. 15 Apr 1887; d. 16 Apr 1945), only dau. of Col Edward George Keppel MVO, of Sprowston Grange, Norwich, by his first wife Mary Cecilia Georgiana King, dau. of Maj George King

children by first wife

1. Lt Col Hon Thomas Arnold Anson, styled Viscount Anson (b. 4 May 1913; dvp. 18 Mar 1958), mar. (1) 28 Apr 1938 (div. 1948) Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon (mar. (2) 6 Sep 1950 HRH Prince George of Denmark CVO;  d. 1980), 2nd dau. of Hon John Herbert Bowes-Lyon (by his wife Hon Fenella Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefussis, 2nd dau. of Charles John Robert [Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis], 21st Baron Clinton), 2nd son of Claude George [Bowes-Lyon], 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and had issue:

1a. Hon (Thomas) Patrick John Anson, later 5th Earl of Lichfield

1a. Lady Elizabeth Georgiana Anson, granted the rank and style of an earl's daughter by Royal Warrant 1961 (b. 7 Jun 1941), mar. 27 Jul 1972 as his second wife Sir Geoffrey Adam Shakerley, 6th Bt., and has issue

Viscount Anson mar. (2) 12 May 1955 Monica Inglis (former wife of (1) Maj Peter Holdsworth Hunt MC, and (2) Robert Maxtone Inglis;  mar. (4) 29 Jul 1959 Lt Col Eric Astley Cooper-Key MBE MC;  d. 8 Nov 1969), only dau. of Cmdr Ralph Neville RN by his wife Hon Lettice Cary, 3rd dau. of Byron Plantagenet [Cary], 12th Viscount of Falkland

2. Lieut Hon Edward John Anson RN (b. 19 Feb 1919; dvp. 6 Oct 1943)

1. Lady Betty Marjorie Anson (b. 12 Mar 1917), mar. 20 May 1944 Col Thomas Foley Churchill Winnington MBE, younger brother of Sir Francis Salwey William Winnington, 6th Bt., and 2nd son of Francis Salwey Winnington, and has issue

2. Lady Cecilia Evelyn Anson (d. 16 Jan 1963), mar. 30 Sep 1947 (div. 1961) as his first wife Sir John Henry Wiggin, 4th Bt. MC, and had issue

mar. (2)

23 Feb 1949 Violet Margaret Philips (former wife of Capt Humphrey Burgoyne Philips, of Heybridge, Tean, co. Stafford;  d. 1988), 2nd dau. of Henry Dawson Dawson-Greene, of Slyne, and of Whittington Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale, co. Lancaster


14 Dec 1960

suc. by



ADC and Acting Master of the Horse to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1906-10; served in World War I as Capt, London Rifle Brigade; Lord High Steward of Stafford 1933-60


(Thomas) Patrick John [Anson], 5th Earl of Lichfield, DL


25 Apr 1939


8 Mar 1975 (div. 1986) Lady Leonora Mary Grosvenor LVO (b. 1 Feb 1949), 1st dau. of Robert George [Grosvenor], 5th Duke of Westminster, by his wife Hon Viola Maud Lyttleton, 2nd dau. of John Cavendish [Lyttleton], 9th Viscount Cobham


1. Hon Thomas William Robert Hugh Anson, later 6th Earl of Lichfield

1. Lady Rose Meriel Margaret Anson (b. 27 Jul 1976)

2. Lady Eloise Anne Elizabeth Anson (b. 1981), mar. 7 Sep 2013 Louis Alexander Philip Waymouth (b. 1978), son of Nigel Waymouth by his wife Lady Victoria Mary Verenia Braganza Yorke, 2nd dau. by his first wife of Philip Grantham [Yorke], 9th Earl of Hardwicke


11 Nov 2005

suc. by



photographer and author


Thomas William Robert Hugh [Anson], 6th Earl of Lichfield


19 Jul 1978


Dec 2009 Lady Henrietta Tamara Juliet Conyngham (b. 1976), 1st dau. of Henry Vivian Pierpoint [Conyngham], 8th Marquess Conyngham, by his wife Juliet Ann Kitson, 2nd dau. of Robert R B Kitson, of Churchtown, Morval, co. Cornwall


1. Hon Thomas Ossian Patrick Wolfe Anson, styled Viscount Anson (b. 20 May 2011)

2. Hon Finnian Anson (b. 12 Aug 2014)


Last updated 28 Oct 2014




6th Earl of Lichfield

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 15 Feb 1831)

7th Viscount Anson, of Shugborough and Orgrave in the County of Suffolk

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 17 Feb 1806)

8th Baron Soberton, of Soberton in the County of Southampton

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 17 Feb 1806)



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