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IN MEMORY OF SOME HAPPY HOURS IN THE SOLITUDES OF GLEN EERZA;
AND, AS A
SLIGHT TRIBUTE TO QUALITIES OF HEAD AND HEART WHICH
MAKE THE PUBLIC MAN RESPECTED, AND THE PRIVATE BELOVED,
IS INSCRIBED BY
RIGHT HONOURABLE GEORGE CANNING.
FAMILY HISTORY. BIRTH OF GEORGE CANNING.
The name of Canning is derived from the original seat of the family at Bishop's Canninges, in Wiltshire, where the line continued until the reign of Henry VII., when it expired in co-heiresses. One of the cadets of the family had, long before, in the reign of Edward II., settled at Bristol, and founded that branch which afterwards became so famous in the annals of the city, and from which the illustrious subject of this memoir was descended.
William Canynge represented Bristol in several successive Parliaments, and was mayor no less than six times in the Teigns of Edward III. and Richard II. He died in 1396, and his eldest son, John, succeeded to his honours, both in Parliament and the corporation. Of three sons he left at his death, in 1406, Thomas, the second, was knighted and became Lord Mayor of London; and William, the youngest, was elected to the mayoralty of Bristol, which had become a sort of heir-loom in the family. William Canynge was a foremost man in his day, and stands out so prominently in the list of local worthies, that he was se