Edward Anson

Edward Anson

Infobox President
honorific-prefix = The Honourable
name =Major General Archibald Edward Harbord Anson
honorific-suffix =

order =Governor of Straits Settlements
term_start =1877
term_end =1880
deputy =
predecessor =Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois
successor =Sir Frederick Aloysius Weld
birth_date =birth date|1826|4|16|df=y
birth_place =Devonshire Place, England
death_date =1925
death_place =London, England
spouse =Elizabeth Mary Bourchier (1st)
spouse_1 =Isabella Jane Armitstead (2nd)
religion =Christian
constituency =
party =
languagesspoken =English

Major General Archibald Edward Harbord Anson,was born on 16 April 1826 with a twin sister at 32 Devonshire Place. He was the son of Major General Sir William Anson, 1st Baronet Anson K.C.B. and his mother was from the Dickenson family. His family comprised three brothers and three sisters.


He was taught Latin grammar by his father before he went to school. In 1834 he went to Rev. Dr. Pincknay School and later in 1837 to Mr. Miller’s school on Woolwich Common.


His military experience began from 1844 to 1847. He served in England, Ireland and Scotland from 1847-1855, Mauritius, 1857-1862 and Madagascar 1862-1865. He returned to England and was appointed as the last Lieutenant Governor of Penang from 1867 to 1882, after serving in the army in India.

In his memoirs “About Others and Myself.” he describes the feeling of depression upon his appointment as Penang’s Resident Councillor.


Anson married in Limerick in January 1851. It was during his appointment that the Penang Riots occurred. When the riots ended he negotiated a peace agreement between the contending parties; Red Flag and Tua Pek Kong members against the White Flag and the Ghee Hin. At that time he was the Acting Governor of Straits Settlements from (4 March 1871 -22 March 1872, 3 November 1873 - 4 November 1873, 3 April 1877 - 29 October 1877 and 10 February 1879 - 6 May 1880). Anson died in 1925. He first wife was Elizabeth Mary Bourchier and second Isabella Jane Armitstead. He had two sons and two daughters, Archibald John George Anson (1851-1929), Elizabeth Mary Louisa Anson (1852-1934), John William Henry Anson (1856-1889) and Mary Louisa Anson (?-1899).

ee also

* Anson Baronets
* [http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Corresp:_Actions_of_Perak_Expeditionary_Force_post-murder_of_Birch Corresp: Actions of Perak Expeditionary Force post-murder of Birch]


* [http://news.webshots.com/photo/1145406637055615433JPTKPW| Biography of Major General A.E.H. Anson]

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