# Annesley, Arthur (DNB00)

For works with similar titles, see Arthur Annesley.

Anglesey was undoubtedly a most useful official during his unbroken service of twenty years (Pepys, passim), laborious, skilful, cautious, moderate, and apparently, on the whole, honest and independent in action, a sound lawyer, with a high reputation for scholarship, research, and the use of a ‘smooth, sharp, and keen pen’ (Athenæ Oxon. ii. 784). But there is no reason whatever for regarding him as a great man. His care for his own interests was contant and successful. Besides the profits of his various offices he secured large sums and grants from Ireland. Thus, in 1661, he had a grant of the forfeited estates of the regicides Ludlow and Jones, as well as other spoil; on 10 March 1665–6 he received a pension of 600l. a year; on 24 March in the following year 500l.; on 10 Oct. 5,000l. out of forfeited lands, as well as many grants, both of lands and money, under the acts of settlement, at various times.

Anglesey is noted as perhaps the first peer who devoted time and money to the formation of a great library. The sale of this library at his death is remembered because among the books was a copy of the ‘Eikon Basilike,’ which contained a memorandum, presumably by himself, though this is warmly disputed (Biog. Britan.), to the effect that the writer had been told both by Charles II and James II that the ‘Eikon Basilike’ had been composed not by Charles I but by Bishop Gauden.

In addition to the works mentioned, Anglesey wrote: 1. ‘The History of the late Commotions and Troubles in Ireland,’ from the Rebellion of 1641 to the Restoration, the manuscript of which was unfortunately lost. 2. ‘True Account of the whole Proceedings betwixt his Grace the Duke of Ormond and the Earl of Anglesea.’ 3. ‘The King's Right of Indulgence in Spiritual Matters asserted.’ 4. ‘Truth Unveiled.’ 5. ‘Reflections on a Discourse concerning Transubstantiation.’

[Wood's Athenæ (Bliss), iv. 18; Biographia Britannica; and other authorities quoted above.]

O. A.

Dictionary of National Biography, Errata (1904), p.7
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