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Sir George Leonard 
Staunton
1737 - 1801


Sir George Leonard 
Staunton
, only son. He first studied physics and obtained the degree of M.D., but instead of practicing medicine, adopted the profession of law, attaining the rank of Governor-General of Grenada in the West Indies in 1779. In 1784, Staunton accompanied to Madras his life long friend George, Lord McCartney, whom he first met in the West Indies to negotiate peace with Tippoo Siltan, for which service Staunton was created a baronet of Ireland on 31st October, 1785. In 1792 Staunton again accompanied Lord McCartney, but this time on a mission to China, being appointed secretary to the embassy and, provisionally, minister plenipotentiary in the event of McCartney's death. A lot has been writted about the Chinese embassy expedition, including the account of Staunton's eleven year-old son, the second Sir George Staunton, and the part which he played in the affair. The expedition failed to achieve its desired aims of establishing a permanent embassy and trading concessions for the British. In 1797, Staunton published 'An authentic account of the Earl of McCartney's Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China' (in 8 volumes). The remainder of his life was beset with ill health, and he died at his London house, 17 Devonshire Street, on 14th January 1801. He was sufficiently important to be buried in Westminster Abbey, where a monument by Sir Francis Chantry is erected to his memory. The baronetcy, his Irish estate at Clydagh, County Galway and his London home were all inherited by his only son, Sir George Thomas Staunton.

Born: Carra, Galway, , Ireland 1737 Baptised:
Died: 17 Devonshire st, London, , , England 14th Jan 1801 Buried: Westminster Abbey, London, , , England Jan 1801
Family:
Staunton

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Ancestors
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1.
Sir George Leonard 
Staunton
(
Collins
) 1737 - 1801
2.
Col. George 
Staunton
(
Leonard
)
4.
George 
Staunton
(
Lynch
)
5.
Anne 
Lynch
(
Staunton
)
3.
Margaret 
Leonard
(
Staunton
)
6.
 

Siblings


1.
Lucy Barbara 
Staunton
(
Cormick
)

Spouses



1.
Jane 
Collins
(
Staunton
)

Descendants
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a.
Jane 
Collins
(
Staunton
)
1.
Sir George Thomas 
Staunton
1781 - 1859
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???Married
Jane 
Collins
(
Staunton
) (marriage)
1737Born (birth) Carra, Galway, Ireland
31st Oct 1785
Sir George Leonard 
Staunton
(
Collins
) 1737 - 1801 inherited the title
Staunton
  [Bt]
14th Jan 1801Died (death) London, England
Jan 1801Buried (burial) London, England
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