George II

George II

Male 1683 - 1760  (76 years)

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  • Name George II  
    Born 30 Oct 1683  Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Oct 1760  Kensington Palace, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I47266  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2017 

    Father George I, King of Great Brittain,   b. 28 May 1660, Hanover, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1727, Schloss Osnabruck, Osnabruck, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Sophia Dorothea of Celle 
    Married 0___ 1679  [1
    • The same year, George married his first cousin, Sophia Dorothea of Celle, thereby securing additional incomes that would have been outside Salic laws. The marriage of state was arranged primarily as it ensured a healthy annual income and assisted the eventual unification of Hanover and Celle. His mother was at first against the marriage because she looked down on Sophia Dorothea's mother (who was not of royal birth), and because she was concerned by Sophia Dorothea's legitimated status. She was eventually won over by the advantages inherent in the marriage.[9]
    Family ID F17340  Group Sheet

    Family Caroline of Ansbach 
    Married Y  [2
    Children 
     1. Frederick, Prince of Wales,   b. 1 Feb 1707, Hanover, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1751, Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
    Last Modified 27 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F17341  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Oct 1683 - Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany Link to Google Earth
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    George II of Great Britain
    George II of Great Britain
    (George Augustus; German: Georg II. August; 30 October / 9 November 1683O.S./N.S. - 25 October 1760) was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Hanover) and Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 (O.S.) until his death.

  • Notes 
    • George II (George Augustus; German: Georg II. August; 30 October / 9 November 1683O.S./N.S. – 25 October 1760) was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lčuneburg (Hanover) and Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 (O.S.) until his death.

      George was the last British monarch born outside Great Britain: he was born and brought up in northern Germany. His grandmother, Sophia of Hanover, became second in line to the British throne after about fifty Catholics higher in line were excluded by the Act of Settlement 1701 and the Acts of Union 1707, which restricted the succession to Protestants. After the deaths of Sophia and Anne, Queen of Great Britain, in 1714, his father George I, Elector of Hanover, inherited the British throne. In the first years of his father's reign as king, George was associated with opposition politicians, until they rejoined the governing party in 1720.

      As king from 1727, George exercised little control over British domestic policy, which was largely controlled by the Parliament of Great Britain. As elector, he spent twelve summers in Hanover, where he had more direct control over government policy. He had a difficult relationship with his eldest son, Frederick, who supported the parliamentary opposition. During the War of the Austrian Succession, George participated at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743, and thus became the last British monarch to lead an army in battle. In 1745, supporters of the Catholic claimant to the British throne, James Francis Edward Stuart ("The Old Pretender"), led by James's son Charles Edward Stuart ("The Young Pretender" or "Bonnie Prince Charlie"), attempted and failed to depose George in the last of the Jacobite rebellions. Frederick died unexpectedly in 1751, nine years before his father, and so George II was ultimately succeeded by his grandson, George III.

      For two centuries after George II's death, history tended to view him with disdain, concentrating on his mistresses, short temper and boorishness. Since then, most scholars have reassessed his legacy and conclude that he held and exercised influence in foreign policy and military appointments. [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S10256] "George I of Great Britain" biography, abstracted, downloaded and published Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by David A. Henn.

    2. [S10257] "George II of Great Britain" biography, abstracted, downloaded and published Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by David A. Hen.