George III (Hannover) of Great-Britain and Ireland

George William Frederick (Hannover) of Great-Britain and Ireland (1738 - 1820)

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George William Frederick (George III) "King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland" of Great-Britain and Ireland formerly Hannover aka Hanover
Born in Norfolk House, St James's Square, London, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Mar 2013
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Categories: City of Westminster | Windsor, Berkshire | Insane Aristocrats | Dukes of Edinburgh | House of Hanover.



The House of Hanover crest.
George III (Hannover) of Great-Britain and Ireland is a member of the House of Hanover.
Preceded by
George II
King of the United Kingdom and of Hanover
25 October 1760 - 29 January 1820
Succeeded by
George IV


George William Frederick or King George III holds the prestige of being one of the longest reigning monarchs to preside over the United Kingdom. Born in London on June 4, 1738 to Frederick, Prince of Wales, and Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, George III is largely remembered for being the person who lost the American colonies and simply "going mad".

He would become heir to the throne upon his father's death 1751; succeeding in 1760 when his grandfather, George II, passed on. Surprisingly, he was the first Hanoverian (House of Hanover) monarch to use English as his first language.

George III enjoyed a faithful marriage - never taking a mistress (common at the time) and shared the birth of 15 children with his wife, Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Later in life, George III was struck by an illness, possibly porphyry, which caused blindness and senility. As such, he had strange episodes and outburst, which led to the establishment of a formal Regency in 1811. The regent was his eldest son, the future George IV.

George III died at Windsor Castle on January 29, 1820, after reigning for close to 60 years - the second longest in British history.

The American Revolutionary War

King George III was king throughout the American Revolutionary war which was the culmination of the civil and political American Revolution resulting from the American Enlightenment. Brought to a head over the lack of American representation in Parliament, which was seen as a denial of their rights as Englishmen and often popularly focused on direct taxes levied by Parliament on the colonies without their consent, the colonists resisted the imposition of direct rule after the Boston Tea Party. Creating self-governing provinces, they circumvented the British ruling apparatus in each colony by 1774. Armed conflict between British regulars and colonial militiamen broke out at the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April 1775. After petitions to the Crown for intervention with Parliament were ignored, the rebel leaders were declared traitors by the Crown and a year of fighting ensued. The colonies declared their independence in July 1776, listing grievances against the British king and legislature while asking the support of the populace. Among George's other offences, the Declaration charged, "He has abdicated Government here ... He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people." The gilded equestrian statue of George III in New York was pulled down. The British captured the city in 1776, but lost Boston, and the grand strategic plan of invading from Canada and cutting off New England failed with the surrender of the British Lieutenant-General John Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga.


  • Frederick Prince of Wales (1707 - 1751)
  • Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (1719 - 1772)

* Spouse: Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744 - 1818)*


  • George IV (1762 - 1830)*
  • Frederick Augustus Hanover (1763 - 1827)*
  • William IV (1765 - 1837)*
  • Charlotte of Württemberg (1766 - 1828)*
  • Edward Augustus Hanover (1767 - 1820)*
  • Augusta of Hanover (1768 - 1840)*
  • Elizabeth of Hanover (1770 - 1840)*
  • Ernest Augustus von Hannover (1771 - 1851)*
  • Augustus Frederick Hanover (1773 - 1843)*
  • Adolphus Frederick (1774 - 1850)*
  • Mary of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1776 - 1857)*
  • Sophia Matilda Hanover (1777 - 1848)*
  • Octavius Hanover (1779 - 1783)*
  • Alfred Hanover (1780 - 1783)*
  • Amelia of Hanover (1783 - 1810)*


  • George III (1738 - 1820)
  • Prince Edward Augustus (1739 - 1767)*
  • William Henry of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1743 - 1805)*


  • Find A Grave Memorial # 1981
  • Burial: St George's Chapel - Windsor
  • Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England
  • Plot: Royal Vault

John Cannon, ‘George III (1738–1820)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2013 accessed 18 Oct 2017

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    On 8 Feb 2018 at 04:23 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

    Hi James - following up my email below, please don't touch these profiles or propose any merges until we get sources to confirm correct surnames (LNABs) and dates of birth and death. Thanks Gillian

    On 8 Feb 2018 at 03:05 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

    Hi James, this is another duplicate line of your Town family. I will propose the merges for all this family as it is too complicated now with 3 versions of each line.

    On 8 Feb 2018 at 02:59 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

    Hi James, I have proposed a merge of King's wife that has a duplicate. You have duplicates of each of his children, all created since I asked you not to create any more profiles. Please could you merge the duplicates of each of the children and any descendants. Send me a message if you aren't sure who to do this! Thanks Gillian

    On 6 Feb 2018 at 02:19 GMT Ken McEvoy wrote:

    Shouldn't the last line of the biography now read 'the third longest in British history'?

    On 21 Dec 2017 at 07:55 GMT Malcolm Cowan wrote:

    George III's medical problem is thought to be iron-deficiency porphyria. There was an article about it in the New Scientist some years ago. Porphyry is a kind of stone used by sculptors. It is popular for its deep blood-red colour.

    On 15 Jan 2017 at 12:49 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:

    Hanover-155 and Hannover-17 appear to represent the same person because: Hanover-155 is a duplicate for King George III - same wife, etc.

    George III is 27 degrees from Rosa Parks, 19 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 2 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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