Sir George Bowyer, 6th Baronet

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Sir George Bowyer, 6th Baronet and 2nd Baronet, KStJ, GCSG, KCPO (3 March 1783 – 1 July 1860)[1] was a British politician. He sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1807 and 1818, first as a Tory[2] and then as a Whig.[3]

He was the son of Admiral Sir George Bowyer, 5th Baronet and his second wife Henrietta Brett, daughter of Admiral Sir Piercy Brett,[4] and was born at Radley Hall in Berkshire.[5] In 1800, he succeeded his father as baronet.[1] Bowyer was educated at Christ Church College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1804 and a Master of Arts in 1807.[5]

At the 1807 general election, Bowyer was elected in the Tory interest as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Malmesbury,[2] a seat which he held until his resignation in 1810[6] by appointment as Steward of the Manor of East Hendred.[7] He returned to Parliament the following year as a Whig, when he was elected at an unopposed by-election in June 1811 as the MP for Abingdon, following the resignation of Henry Bowyer.[3][8] He was re-elected in 1812, defeating his Tory opponent by a margin of 112 votes to 11,[3] and held the seat until the 1818 general election.[9] In 1815, financial difficulties forced him to sell the contents of Radley Hall.[10] As a consequence, he moved with his family to Italy and finally converted to Roman Catholicism in 1850.[10]

On 19 November 1808, he married Anne Hammond Douglas, oldest daughter of Captain Sir Andrew Snape Douglas.[11] They had three sons and a daughter.[12] Bowyer died at Dresden in Germany, but was buried at Radley.[5] He was succeeded in both baronetcies successively by his sons George and William.[5]

Bowyer was a Knight of the Venerable Order of Saint John (KStJ), a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (GCSG) and a Knight Commander of the Order of Pius IX (KCPO).[13]


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 372. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 
  3. ^ a b c Stooks Smith, page 7
  4. ^ Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. pp. 134–135. 
  5. ^ a b c d "ThePeerage - Sir George Bowyer, 2nd/6th Bt". Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" [self-published source][better source needed]
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 16339. p. 178. 3 February 1810. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 16499. p. 1174. 25 June 1811. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  9. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  10. ^ a b "Radley History Club, Official Website - History". Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  11. ^ Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (fifth ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 221. 
  12. ^ Dod, Charles Roger Phipps (1848). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. pp. 101–102. 
  13. ^ Converts to Rome by Gordon Gorman 1885
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Ladbroke
Nicholas Ridley-Colborne
Member of Parliament for Malmesbury
1807 – 1810
With: Philip Gell
Succeeded by
Abel Smith
Philip Gell
Preceded by
Henry Bowyer
Member of Parliament for Abingdon
1811 – 1818
Succeeded by
John Maberly
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
George Bowyer
(of Denham)
1799 – 1860
Succeeded by
George Bowyer
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Bowyer
(of Radley)
1799 – 1860
Succeeded by
George Bowyer