Any evidence that Buxton Lawn was son of King George III of England?

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Family lore is that the Conerly family is descended from a son of King George III : from his first wife Hannah Lightfoot.

Anyone have any information on this?
WikiTree profile: Buxton Lawn
in Genealogy Help by Bill Jennings G2G6 (8.6k points)
As an Australian, I had never heard of Buxton Lawn, but just did some reading. It's an interesting story, but how do you prove it, unless you do some DNA testing? The articles I read have no mention of illegitimate children.. In fact his wife was almost constantly pregnant! The British royals weren't backward about acknowledging their illegitimate children. Throughout British history, most of them have been given titles eg The FitzRoys (descendants of Charles II) and their descendants still occupy the stately homes they were awarded. It seems strange that, if Buxton was a royal scion, that he was not acknowledged in any way. As I said, do some DNA testing and get it compared to the royal DNA. But remember: it might answer the question, but it will not entitle you to anything. There are millions of people with royal descent, and illegitimacy has traditionally barred them from inheriting the throne or receiving anything financial from the Royal Family.

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Hi Bill,

I don't know if you have read this post by Ed Merritt but he may be worth contacting:

http://genforum.genealogy.com/lawn/messages/20.html

Kevin

by Kevin Sands G2G6 Mach 2 (28.4k points)
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This seems to be one of those wishful thinking theories so common in genealogy. This is the first I've heard of this one, but on Hannah Lightfoot's Wikipedia page it is described as a story that has been embellished over the years. On George III's Wikipedia page Hannah isn't even mentioned. There doesn't seem to be any evidence that George III ever married Hannah Lightfoot.

by Lianne Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (419k points)
Lianne,

I really believed that this wasn't likely for many years: but there are many folks much more experienced than I: that say it's a reasonable possibility.

There have been books written on this subject, and genetic research on this subject: that tends to be censured by the English when conclusions are reached.  For example, this English newspaper article describes why I have some suspicions it could be true: http://www.essexcountystandard.co.uk/news/168278.print/
I dunno, that article reads a lot like a conspiracy theory to me. I'm not so beholden to my queen that I'd ignore evidence to support this theory, but without any actual evidence the story doesn't hold much water.

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