King George I

Born Georg Ludwig (George Louis) on May 28th 1660 in Osnabrück (and subsequently died there on June 11th 1727). He succeeded his father as the elector of Hanover in 1698 and, as a great-grandson of James I (and under the Act of Settlement), George ascended the throne in 1714 ruling over Great Britain and Ireland until 1727.

King George I, by Sir Godfrey Kneller.

George formed a Whig ministry and left internal politics up to his ministers (who coped extraordinarily well) while he spent most of his time in Germany. He was unpopular because… well… he was German. He made no attempt at Anglicisation during his reign.

George was succeeded by his son, George II.

Jack Plane

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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