Fascinating “Mad” King George III Of England

I am not much of a history buff myself but sometimes I run across something or someone of historical import that I am simply drawn to and King George III of Great Britain is one of those fascinating figures for me.

He was known as England’s “Mad” king but the fact is that he might not have been “Mad” as much as he was afflicted with some of the same ailments that a lot of people suffer from today.

The first fascinating fact I learned about the King who lost the American Colonies in The Revolutionary War that ended in 1776 was that his father, also a King of England had died while sitting on the toilet. That fact keeps on swirling in my incredulous head. Do not ask me why because it is not (In my opinion) the most glorious or historical significant way to go. (Pun not intended.).

Something else that I found interesting about King George III is that he was the very first Germanic king of England to speak the English Language as his language of preference.

It seems that this king defied all the odds and survived being prematurely born, lived under the iron thumb of a dominating Mother, became one of the most morally-correct kings on record and was smart as a whip having been privately tutored in advanced subjects from early childhood.

He was such a morally-correct personage that his subjects delighted in calling him by the nick-name, “Farmer George”  because besides being Royalty, he exhibited some traits usually highlighted only in stories about commoners. He had heart. He had compassion. The Revolution that cost him the American Colonies was a surprise to him as well as a disappointment — even a heartbreak — because he could never understand how his American subjects could rise up against him — the whole affair is said by many historians to have been very confusing for him.

Even when the Revolution was ended and Americans had won their right of “Separation” from King George’s Great Britain, the king told somebody close to him as well as to America’s Diplomat to England, John Adams, that he hoped the new American Nation would not “Suffer For Want Of A Monarch.”

There is no doubt that this king was very much into the Biblical admonition to be fruitful and to multiply and to replenish the Earth because he fathered no less than 15 children!

“He experienced episodes of mental illness and insanity throughout his life. The cause of his suffering is not fully understood, it may have been a result of porphyria, a genetic disease. As he grew older, he became blind and weak. What had once been bouts of mental illness took over his mind permanently and by 1811, he wasn’t mentally or physically fit to continue his responsibilities as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Prince George had the unfathomable responsibility of taking over his father’s duties whilst still being governed by his decisions.”


It seems that the early American Colonists were given to the enterprise of slaughtering and robbing the indigenous peoples residing among them in “The New World” and King George was very defensive of these “Indigenous Indians” and issued a number of royal proclamations intended to protect them from the violence and viciousness of the settlers of what was to eventually become The United States. As History has shown, however, the king’s love of Native Americans did little to save them from their fate at the hands of the Americans.

King George III remained on the Throne of England for 59 years and he was the longest-reigning monarch until his Grand Daughter, Queen Victoria, took over the job and then she became the longest-reigning.

A little aside here — an interesting fact about Queen Victoria that I read was the statement by somebody who should know about such things that she demanded to be buried at her death with a plaster cast of one of the hands of her departed husband, Prince Albert, in the casket with her. I never knew that until recently.

One of the most interesting things I ever saw was a depiction on film of the meeting between American Ambassador, John Adams,” and King George III — a meeting which is depicted — ( HERE ) and talked about in amazing detail — ( HERE).

There are a lot more bizarre facts about this fascinating individual — ( RIGHT HERE.).

Picture Credit: The Image of King George III above is from Wikimedia and is in the public domain.



8 thoughts on “Fascinating “Mad” King George III Of England

  1. John, there were other rulers between George III and Queen Victoria.

    GEORGE IV 1820 – 1830
    Known as the ‘First Gentleman of Europe’. He had a love of art and architecture but his private life was a mess, to put it mildly! He married twice, once in 1785 to Mrs. Fitzherbert, secretly as she was a Catholic, and then in 1795 to Caroline of Brunswick. Mrs. Fitzherbert remained the love of his life. Caroline and George had one daughter, Charlotte in 1796 but she died in 1817. George was considered a great wit, but was also a buffoon and his death was hailed with relief!

    WILLIAM IV 1830 – 1837
    Known as the ‘Sailor King’ (for 10 years the young Prince William, brother of George IV, served in the Royal Navy), he was the third son of George III. Before his accession he lived with a Mrs. Jordan, an actress, by whom he had ten children. When Princess Charlotte died, he had to marry in order to secure the succession. He married Adelaide of Saxe-Coburg in 1818. He had two daughters but they did not live. He hated pomp and wanted to dispense with the Coronation. The people loved him because of his lack of pretension. During his reign Britain abolished slavery in the colonies in 1833. The Reform Act was passed in 1832, this extended the franchise to the middle-classes on a basis of property qualifications.

    VICTORIA 1837 – 1901

    As you have mentioned that you like the BBC historical series ‘Victoria’, you might enjoy this excellent feature film about George III, with a superb cast.

    Best wishes, Pete.

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