Authorised form of nameEllis; George (1753 - 1815); author
Dates1753 - 1815
Place of birthJamaica, North and Central America
Date of birth19 December 1753
Place of deathConnaught Place, London, England, United Kingdom
Date of death10 April 1815
OccupationPoet; politician; plantation and slave owner
Research fieldPoetry
Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Produced 'Poetical Tales by Sir Gregory Gander' (1778); received an income from the sugar pantations Ellis Caymanas and Crawle Pen in St Caherine, Jamaica, owned by his late father and manged by his uncle John Ellis, took control of the plantation on his uncle's death (1782);employed as an aide by his friend the Whig diplomat Sir James Harris (later Lord Malmesbury), with whom he travelled widely on the continent and accompanied his embassy to the Hague (1784); subsequently wrote a history of the Dutch revolution (1789); later accompanied Malmesby to the peace conference at Lille (1797) at which the British line was to restore the French monarchy; likely author of 'A Memoir of a Map of the Countries Comprehended between the Black Sea and the Caspian'', published anonymously (1788); MP for Seaford (1796-1802) did not speak in the house but identified as a member with West India interests willing to support limitation to the British trade in enslaved people but not abolition; published 'Specimens of the Early English Poets' (1790); founded the 'Anti-Jacobin' with Canning and Gifford, an ultra-Tory political periodical printed from 1797-1798; published 'Specimens of early English Romances in metre' (1805); friend of Sir Walter Scott
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election18/05/1797
Age at election43
RelationshipsPosthumous son of George Ellis (author, sugar plantation and slave owner); married (1805) Anne, daughter of Sir Peter Parker, Admiral of the Fleet; no children; nephew of Edward Long
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Wikipedia; UCL LBS
'George Ellis', Legacies of British Slave-ownership database, [accessed 9th July 2020].
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA2811
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1797/06Ellis, George: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MM/2/12Letter from George Ellis, St John's Wood to Secretary of the Royal Society (Michael Foster)31 May 1886
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