The Hon.ble. James Annesley Esqr.
Line engraving. Plate 153 x 96mm. Small hole.
James Annesley (1715-1760), heir to the Earldom of Anglesey, was kidnapped aged about 12 in 1728, soon after the death of his father, and shipped to an American plantation in Delaware, where he was sold into indentured servitude, apparently on the orders of his uncle Richard Annesley. After 12 years he joined the Royal Navy, served at Cartagena and was discharged in 1741. He returned to Ireland and tried to claim his title: after surviving several attempts on his life he won his case, only to die of disease before he could take up his title. He is perhaps best known today for partially inspiring the novel Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.
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