Sir George Bowyer, 7th Baronet

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"the Knight of Malta". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1879.

Sir George Bowyer, 7th Baronet and 3rd Baronet DL (8 October 1811 – 7 June 1883) was a British Barrister-at-Law and Liberal politician.

Born in Radley Hall in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), he was the son of Sir George Bowyer, 6th Baronet and Anne Hammond Douglas. Bowyer was a cadet at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and was then called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1836. He received an honorary Master of Arts by the University of Oxford in 1839 and an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws in 1844. One year later, he changed to Lincoln's Inn. In 1860, he succeeded to both baronetcies held by his father.

Having contested Reading in the Reading by-election, 1849, Bowyer became a Member of Parliament (MP) for Dundalk from 1852 to 1868 and for Wexford County from 1874 to 1880. The Roman Catholic Church of St John of Jerusalem in Great Ormond Street in London was built at his own cost. He was made a Knight of Justice of the Order of Malta, a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great and a Grand Collar of the Constantian Order of St George of Naples. Bowyer served as chamberlain to Pius IX, who appointed him a Knight of the Great Ribbon of the Order of Pius IX. He was further a Deputy Lieutenant of Berkshire. He was a member of the Manchester Unity Order of Oddfellows, at one time he led a procession under a banner named Loyal Bowyer Union Lodge of Odd Fellows.

Bowyer died in King's Bench Walk in London, unmarried. He was found dead in his bed and was buried in Radley in Berkshire on 7 June 1883. He was succeeded by his younger brother.

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  • Commentaries on Modern Civil Law (1848)
  • Introduction to the Study and Use of the Civil Law (1874)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William McCullagh Torrens
Member of Parliament for Dundalk
18521868
Succeeded by
Philip Callan
Preceded by
Arthur MacMorrough Kavanagh
John George
Member of Parliament for Wexford County
18741880
With: Keyes O'Clery
Succeeded by
John Barry
Garrett Byrne
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
George Bowyer
Baronet
(of Denham)
1860–1883
Succeeded by
William Bowyer
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Bowyer
Baronet
(of Radley)
1860–1883
Succeeded by
William Bowyer