Lady Anne Smith

Lady Anne Smith (née Wesley, previously FitzRoy; 1775 16 December 1844) was the sister of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. She was born Lady Anne Wesley, the only daughter of Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington, and the Hon. Anne Hill, daughter of Arthur Hill-Trevor, 1st Viscount Dungannon.

On 7 January 1790 she married Henry FitzRoy, son of the first Baron Southampton and Anne Warren, the daughter and co-heir of Peter Warren (Royal Navy officer) and a descendant of the Schuyler family, the Van Cortlandt family, and the Delancey family, all from British North America. They had two daughters:

FitzRoy died on 19 March 1794, and his widow was remarried on 2 August 1799 to Charles Culling Smith, having two more children:

On 25 July 1814 Lady Anne's daughter Georgiana Frederica FitzRoy (born 3 October 1792) married Henry Somerset, Marquess of Worcester, who had served the Duke of Wellington as an aide-de-camp during the Peninsular War. Lady Worcester was Wellington's favourite niece, and her death in great pain ("I did not know death could hurt so much") on 11 May 1821 was a great blow to him and all her friends. On 29 June 1822 Lord Worcester married Lady Anne's other daughter Emily Frances (born 3 March 1800), greatly to the annoyance of Wellington, who was never close to his sister afterwards. On 23 November 1835 Emily Frances became Duchess of Beaufort.

Lady Anne Smith died in 1844.


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