Anson, George (baron) 1697 - 1762

Baron Anson, 1697-1762, naval officer; politician, British; English

1712 - entered the Royal Navy.

1716 - made a lieutenant.

1722 - was made master and commander of the sloop Weasel.

1724 - became captain of the frigate Scarborough.

1737 - appointed captain of the Centurion and sent to protect British trade in west Africa.

1740 - set sail on an expedition around the world aboard the Centurion.

1745 - promoted rear-admiral.

1746 - promoted vice-admiral.

1747 - raised to the peerage as Baron Anson of Soberton.

1748 - was part of the 'establishment' to improve British naval vessels.

1749 - promoted full admiral. 1751 - first lord of the Admiralty.

1758 - following an outbreak of scurvy, he set up a system of supplying the western squadron at sea with fresh meat and vegetables.