Sir William Anson, 1st Baronet

General Sir William Anson, 1st Baronet, Bt KCB (13 August 1772 – 1847) was a British officer from the Anson family. He became a general in the British Army and noted for his service in Peninsular War[1]

The Anson Baronetcy 'of Birch Hall' was created for him on 30 September 1831.[2]

He was the third son of George Anson; his elder brothers were Thomas Anson, 1st Viscount Anson and General Sir George Anson.[3]

On 26 January 1815 he married Louisa Frances Mary, daughter of John Dickenson. They had children:[4]

  • Sir John William Hamilton Anson, 2nd Baronet (born 20 December 1816)
  • Mary Louisa (born 5 January 1818)
  • William Vernon Dickenson (born 10 February 1819)
  • George Henry Grenville (born 19 July 1820), later became Archdeacon of Manchester
  • Anne Georgiana Frances (born 14 July 1822)
  • Archibald Edward Harbord (born 16 April 1826)
  • Louisa Frances Maria (born 16 April 1826)


  1. ^ Anson ancestry site
  2. ^ "No. 18851". The London Gazette. 16 September 1831. pp. 1897–1898.
  3. ^ The
  4. ^ Burke's Peerage and Baronetage (fourth ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. 1832. p. 32. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
Military offices
Preceded by
Alexander Hope
Colonel of the 47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir Harry Smith, 1st Baronet
Preceded by
Oliver Nicolls
Colonel of the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Richard Blunt