RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelSubfonds
Alt Ref NoMS 2107-2139
Extent33 files
TitleGEORGE III'S MALADY
Date1811-1820
DescriptionPapers of Archbishop Manners Sutton in his capacity as a member of the Queen's Council during the final years of George III's 'madness'.
AdminHistoryBy Act of Parliament (51 Geo. III, Cap. i), 'the Care of His Majesty's Royal Person' was committed to Queen Charlotte, and on her death in 1818 it was transferred to Frederick, Duke of York. A Council was appointed in 1811 to assist the Queen, and consisted of the following members in addition to the Archbishop of Canterbury: Edward Venables Vernon Harcourt, Archbishop of York; James Graham, 3rd Duke of Montrose; George Finch, 9th Earl of Winchilsea; Heneage Finch, 4th Earl of Aylesford; John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon (1821); Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough, and Sir William Grant. On the deaths of the Earl of Aylesford in 1812 and of Lord Ellenborough in 1818, they were succeeded respectively by Charles George Perceval, 1st Baron Arden, and John Jeffreys Pratt, 1st Marquess of Camden. In 1818 the following additional members were appointed: George Parker, 4th Earl of Macclesfield; William Howley, Bishop of London; Alleyne Fitzherbert, 1st Baron St. Helens; Morton Frederick Eden, 1st Baron Henley. The king's physicians were Matthew Baillie, William Heberden, Sir Henry Halford, 1st Bart., Henry Revell Reynolds, and Robert Darling Willis. Medical advice was also given by Thomas Monro, Samuel Foart Simmons, and John Willis.

For an account of the nature of the king's illness see I. Macalpine and R. Hunter, 'George III and the mad-business', 1969.
RelatedMaterialThe trunk formerly containing this material is listed as artefact no. 119
PublnNoteSee Lambeth Palace Library Z664.L2 3.06: Ida Macalpine and Richard Alfred Hunter, "A clinical reassessment of the 'insanity' of George III and some of its historical implications", in 'Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research', Vol. XL, November 1967, pp. 166-185.

Timothy J Peters and D Wilkinson, "King George III and porphyria: a clinical re-examination of the historical evidence", in 'History of Psychiatry' 21(1) 3–19 (2010)
Available online:
DOI: 10.1177/0957154X09102616

Timothy J Peters and Allan Beveridge, "The madness of King George III: a psychiatric re-assessment", in 'History of Psychiatry' 21(1) 20–37 (2010)
Available online:
DOI: 10.1177/0957154X09343825

T J Peters and A Beveridge, "The blindness, deafness and madness of King George III: psychiatric interactions", in 'J R Coll Physicians Edinb' 40:81–5 (2010)
Available online:
DOI: 10.4997/JRCPE.2010.116

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NA2819George III (1738-1820); King of Great Britain and Ireland1738-1820
22Manners-Sutton; Charles (1755-1828); Archbishop of Canterbury1755-1828
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