Earl Archibald Acheson

Earl Archibald Acheson

Male 1776 - 1849  (72 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 37 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Archibald Acheson 
    Prefix Earl 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 1 Aug 1776 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Mar 1849  Market Hill Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I271403  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2010 

    Father Earl Arthur Acheson,   b. Abt 1742,   d. 14 Jan 1807  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Mother Millicent Pole,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1774 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Family ID F110241  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Sparrow,   b. 14 Apr 1777,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 20 Jul 1805  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Earl Archibald Acheson,   b. 20 Aug 1806, Portland Place, Marylebone, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1864, Midx. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +2. Mary Acheson,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2006 
    Family ID F110240  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • 2nd Earl of Gosford

      styled The Honourable from 1790 to 1806 and then Lord Acheson to 1807
      A British politician who served as Lieutenant-Governor of Lower Canada and Governor General of British North America in the 19th century

      Acheson sat in the Irish House of Commons for Armagh County from 1798 until the Act of Union in 1801. Subsequently he was a Member of the British House of Commons representing Armagh to 1807, when he succeeded to his father's Irish titles as Earl of Gosford. He entered the British House of Lords in 1811 upon being elected a representative peer.

      In 1835 he became Governor General of British North America (also Lieutenant-Governor of Lower Canada), and commissioner in the Royal Commission for the Investigation of all Grievances Affecting His Majesty's Subjects of Lower Canada. He was instructed to appease the reformists, led by Louis-Joseph Papineau, without giving them any real power. Gosford attempted to distance himself from his predecessor, Lord Aylmer, who had exacerbated the hostility of French-Canadians to the British administration. Gosford officially established the Diocese of Montreal in 1836, though it had been unofficially created a few years before. In August of that year Gosford dissolved the Legislative Assembly when they refused to pass his budget.

      In November, Lord Gosford learned of the planned Lower Canada Rebellion and had many of Papineau's followers arrested, although Papineau himself escaped to the United States. The next month, he issued a reward for the capture of Papineau, and declared martial law in Lower Canada.

      Lord Gosford resigned in November 1837 and returned to Britain the next year. His eventual successor, Lord Durham, implemented the Union Act in 1840 (which Lord Gosford unsuccessfully argued against).


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