World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Sir George Staunton, 2nd Baronet

Article Id: WHEBN0000327179
Reproduction Date:

Title: Sir George Staunton, 2nd Baronet  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Sir George Staunton, 2nd Baronet

Sir George Thomas Staunton, 2nd Baronet.

Sir George Thomas Staunton, 2nd Baronet (26 May 1781 – 10 August 1859) was an English traveller and Orientalist.


  • Early life 1
  • In the employ of the East India Company 2
  • Back in Britain 3
  • Publications 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Born at Milford House near Sir John Barrow, 1st Baronet[2] and for the duration was therefore given the role of Page to Lord Macartney.[1] During the mission his Chinese proved good enough to engage in diplomatic banter and he received a personal gift from the Qianlong Emperor.[1] In 1797 he spent two terms at Trinity College, Cambridge.[3]

In the employ of the East India Company

In 1798 was appointed a writer in the

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Binning
Edward Law
Member of Parliament for Mitchell
With: William Leake 1818–1820
William Taylor Money 1820–1826
Succeeded by
William Leake
Henry Labouchere
Preceded by
Edward Henry A'Court
Henry Stafford Northcote
Member of Parliament for Heytesbury
With: Edward Henry A'Court
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for South Hampshire
With: The Viscount Palmerston
Succeeded by
John Willis Fleming
Henry Combe Compton
Preceded by
Francis Baring
John Bonham-Carter
Member of Parliament for Portsmouth
With: Francis Baring
Succeeded by
The Viscount Monck
Francis Baring
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
George Staunton
(of Cargins, Galway)
  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir George Staunton
  • Works by George Staunton at Project Gutenberg
  • Works by or about George Staunton at Internet Archive

External links

  • Leigh Rayment's list of baronets
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
  1. ^ a b c Gladwyn, Derek (1992). Leigh Park a 19th Century Pleasure Ground. Middleton press. pp. 23–25.  
  2. ^ Golden, Sean (2000). Society of Jesus to the East India Company: A Case Study in the Social History of Translation (PDF). State University of New York at Binghamton. p. 210. 
  3. ^ Gladwyn, Derek (1992). Leigh Park a 19th Century Pleasure Ground. Middleton press. p. 26.  
  4. ^ a b c d e Gladwyn, Derek (1992). Leigh Park a 19th Century Pleasure Ground. Middleton press. p. 27.  
  5. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Gladwyn, Derek (1992). Leigh Park a 19th Century Pleasure Ground. Middleton press. p. 28.  
  7. ^ Gladwyn, Derek (1992). Leigh Park a 19th Century Pleasure Ground. Middleton press. p. 29.  
  8. ^ Gladwyn, Derek (1992). Leigh Park a 19th Century Pleasure Ground. Middleton press. p. 39.  
  9. ^ Gladwyn, Derek (1992). Leigh Park a 19th Century Pleasure Ground. Middleton press. p. 43.  
  10. ^ Gladwyn, Derek (1992). Leigh Park a 19th Century Pleasure Ground. Middleton press. p. 60.  
  11. ^ Gladwyn, Derek (1992). Leigh Park a 19th Century Pleasure Ground. Middleton press. p. 71.  


  • Mendoza, Juan González de (1970). Staunton, Sir George Thomas, ed. The History of the Great and Mighty Kingdom of China and the Situation Thereof, Volume 1 (Issues 14-15 of Works issued by the Hakluyt Society). Compiled by Juan González de Mendoza, Sir George Thomas Staunton Contributor Sir George Thomas Staunton (reprint ed.). B. Franklin.  

His publications include translations of Great Qing Legal Code, known as the Fundamental Laws of China (1810) and of the Narrative of the Chinese Embassy to the Khan of the Tourgouth Tartars (1821); Miscellaneous Notices Relating to China and our Commercial Intercourse with that Country (1822); Notes of Proceedings and Occurrences during the British Embassy to Peking (1824); Observations on our Chinese Commerce (1850). For the Hakluyt Society he edited Juan González de Mendoza's History of the Great and Mighty Kingdom of China.


He had never married and the baronetcy became extinct on his death (in London). He left his Irish estate, Clydagh House, to his eldest cousin George Staunton Lynch (who took the additional surname of Staunton) and Leigh Park and his London house (17, Devonshire Street, Marylebone) to George Staunton Lynch's younger brother, Captain Henry Cormick Lynch.

From 1829 until 1856 he was a member of the Society of Dilettanti[11]

. Royal Asiatic Society founded the Henry Thomas Colebrooke, and in 1823, in conjunction with East India Committee He was a member of the [10] Between 1818 and 1852 he was MP for several English constituencies, finally for

Three years later he was heavily involved with the founding of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.[9] Their Sir George Staunton prize is awarded annually.

George Staunton had been looking for a country home for some years before his permanent return from China and in 1818 put in a bid for Newstead Abbey but was outbid by Thomas Wildman.[7] In 1820 he purchased the Leigh estate in Hampshire [8] which included what was to become Staunton Country Park. He lived there for part of each year and made substantial alterations to the buildings and the landscape.

One of the follies that Staunton had built on his Leigh estate

Back in Britain

The embassy was unsuccessful and shortly after it departed back to Britain Staunton decided to leave China permanently.[6]

In 1816 Staunton proceeded as second commissioner on a special mission to Beijing with Lord Amherst and Sir Henry Ellis.[4] During the mission he landed in Hong Kong in July, 1816. He walked from the shore of Hong Kong to Hong Kong Village via Wong Chuk Hang. After the trip, Wong Chuk Hang was named Staunton Creek and the valley where Hong Kong Village was located was named Staunton Valley. Staunton Creek later became a cesspool of mud and rotting sampans and was eventually cleared to create Wong Chuk Hang Nullah with the residents housed in Wong Chuk Hang Estate. Hong Kong Village was most likely Wong Chuk Hang Lo Wai; only Wong Chuk Hang San Wai still exists at the bottom of Shouson Hill. After the ceding of Hong Kong from China to Great Britain, Staunton Street in Central was named after him.

In April 1803 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[5]

[4] into China. Five years later he published a translation of a significant part of the Chinese legal code.vaccination thereby introducing [4]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.