Mary Ann Costello

Mary Ann Costello (1747 – 10 March 1827) was an Irish actress. Her son was the British prime minister George Canning.[1]

Mary Ann Costello
Died10 March 1827 (aged 79–80)
Henrietta Street, Bath


Mary Ann Costello was born in Ireland in 1747. Her father was a Connacht squire, Jordan Costello. She appears to have been orphaned at a young age, and was raised in London by her maternal grandfather Col. Guydickens. She was lauded for her beauty, marrying George Canning in 1768 as a love match. Early 1769 Costello gave birth to a daughter, Letitia, who died a few months later. On 22 April 1770, she had the couple's second child, George Canning. By 1771, Costello was widowed and was pregnant again, with no financial support. Her third child, a son Thomas, also died in infancy. To support her young son she became an actress, she debuted in Jane Shore at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in November 1773. It was not a success, and Costello had to instead work in more provincial theatre in the west and north of England. She then began a 6 year relationship with Samuel Reddish, having 5 children with him, including 2 sets of twins. She referred to herself as Mrs Reddish, but there is no evidence of their marriage. Her eldest son, George, was removed from her care and went to live with his uncle Stratford Canning. She did not see him for 8 years.[1][2][3]

Costello married again in February 1783, to a silk mercer from Plymouth, Richard Hunn. The couple had 5 children, including another 2 sets of twins. Her acting career continued to attract ire, with a 12 year old Canning being told she was unfit for respectable society. He continuously looked for ways to save his mother from poverty. In June 1791 he sent her 100 guineas, warning her that her acting could damage his future political career. Costello's marriage to Hunn ended in the 1790s, and she retired from acting. By this time Canning was an MP, and his half-brothers all clamoured for his help. Costello attempted to make money with an eye ointment, Collysium, but it was a failure.[1] She also wrote a novel, The Offspring of Fancy.[2]

Costello was kept at a distance from Canning while his career developed. She received an annual pension of £500 in 1803, and was able to live in greater comfort for the rest of her life. She was finally able to meet Canning's wife and children in 1804, 4 years after the couple had married. During the height of his career in the 1820s, Costello's past was used against Canning, with claims that her career and private life rendered him unsuitable for high political office. The whig, Lord Grey, declared that being the son of an actress disqualified Canning from serving as the British Prime Minister. A few months before Canning became Prime Minister, Costello died at Henrietta Street, Bath on 10 March 1827.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Geoghegan, Patrick M. (2009). "Costello, Mary Ann". In McGuire, James; Quinn, James (eds.). Dictionary of Irish Biography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  2. ^ a b "George Canning Is My Son". Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  3. ^ "Mary Anne Costello". Retrieved 2018-08-11.
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The son of an actress and a failed businessman and lawyer, Canning was supported financially by his uncle, Stratford Canning, which allowed him to attend Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. Canning entered politics in 1793 and rose rapidly. He was Paymaster of the Forces (1800–01) and Treasurer of the Navy (1804–06) under William Pitt the Younger. Canning was Foreign Secretary (1807–09) under the Duke of Portland, who was ill. Canning was the dominant figure in the cabinet and directed the seizure of the Danish fleet in 1807 to assure Britain's naval supremacy over Napoleon. In 1809, he was wounded in a duel with his foe Lord Castlereagh and was shortly thereafter passed over as a successor to the Duke of Portland in favour of Spencer Perceval. He remained out of high office until after Perceval was assassinated in 1812.

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