Anne Brett

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Anne Brett
Anne Gerard, Viscountess Brandon.jpg
Anne Gerard, 1687 engraving as Viscountess Brandon
Died11 October 1753
Nationality Kingdom of Great Britain
Spouse(s) Charles Gerard, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield
Henry Brett
Partner(s) Richard Savage, 4th Earl Rivers

Anne Brett or Anne Mason; Anne Gerard, Countess of Macclesfield (1667/8 – 11 October 1753) was a Kingdom of Great Britain courtier. She had a scandalous divorce.

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Brett was born in Shropshire in 1667 or 1668. Her parents were Anna and Sir Richard Mason and she had a sister, Dorothy. She first married Charles Gerard, Viscount Brandon when she was fifteen. The marriage was not a success but divorce was difficult. She had two children with Richard Savage, 4th Earl Rivers before her marriage was ended in 1698. Whilst she waited for their divorce her husband became the Earl of Macclesfield so she was a countess when they parted. She was a rich countess as over £12,000 was returned to her from before her marriage. Her children, Anne and Richard Savage had been kept a secret. She said that they died young, but years later the poet Richard Savage claimed to be her son. [1]

Countess Macclesfield was appointed as a Lady in Waiting to Princess Anne. Her second husband was Henry Brett. [2] They had a daughter, [1] Anna Margharetta, [3] who was said to be a mistress of George I of Great Britain. However there is poor evidence for this. [1]

Colley Cibber is said to have submitted for her approval the text of his play, The Careless Husband , which was first put on the boards in 1704 because he valued her opinion. [1]

Brett died at her home in Old Bond Street in London, on 11 October 1753.


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Brett [née Mason], Anne [other married name Anne Gerard, countess of Macclesfield] (1667/8–1753), courtier, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography" . Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/70843 . Retrieved 3 March 2019.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. "Brett, Henry (1675-1724), of Cowley and Sandywell Park, nr. Dowdeswell, Glos. History of Parliament Online".
  3. Burke, John; Burke, Sir Bernard; Burke, Bernard (1841). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland and Scotland. Scott, Webster, and Geary.