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Anderdon, John Lavicount (1792–1874), writer on angling and devotional subjects, was born in Bristol on 5 April 1792, the third son of John Proctor Anderdon and his wife, Anne, née Oliver. After some time at the Ealing preparatory school of Dr Nicholas he attended Harrow School, but left at an early age for office life in the business of Manning and Anderdon, West Indies merchants. On his marriage on 4 March 1816 to Anna Maria (1796/7–1880), the second daughter of William Manning MP, he became a partner in the firm until retiring from business in 1854. At the general election of 1818 he contested the borough of Penryn, in Cornwall, but was defeated.

Anderdon was an enthusiastic fisherman, and a walking tour through Dovedale, the country of Charles Cotton, one of the earliest professors of the art of angling, gave him the idea of compiling a volume on The River Dove: with some Quiet Thoughts on the Happy Practice of Angling. Printed in 1845 for private circulation and for sale two years later, it contained many anecdotes of Cotton and his country life, with advice on successful fishing.

Anderdon turned to writing works on religious subjects, producing under the pseudonym A Layman a sympathetic life of the non-juror Bishop Ken. This was followed by a selection, entitled Approach to the Holy Altar (1852), from Ken's two devotional works, and a reprint (1852) of his Exposition of the Apostles' Creed. Anderdon also spent many years compiling a narrative of the life of Christ, which was published anonymously in 1861 under the title of The Messiah. He died on 8 March 1874 at 24 Charlotte Street, Brighton, Sussex. A posthumous work (Geron: the Old Man in Search of Paradise), a collection of short discourses on a holy life, was published in 1877, with a biographical notice by the Revd George Williams (1814–1878), the theologian and topographer. Anderdon's eldest son, , was ordained an Anglican priest but was received into the Roman Catholic church in 1850, and joined the Society of Jesus in 1874.

W. P. Courtney, rev. Wray Vamplew

Sources  

J. L. Anderdon, Geron: the old man in search of paradise (1877) [with biographical note by G. Williams] · Boase, Mod. Eng. biog. · d. cert. · CGPLA Eng. & Wales (1874) · IGI

Archives  

Bodl. Oxf., corresp. with the Mannings


Wealth at death  

under £800: administration, 23 May 1874, CGPLA Eng. & Wales