Viscount Bledisloe

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Charles Bathurst, 1st Viscount Bledisloe.

Viscount Bledisloe, of Lydney in the County of Gloucester, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1935 for the Conservative politician Charles Bathurst, 1st Baron Bledisloe, upon his retirement as Governor-General of New Zealand. He had already been created Baron Bledisloe, of Lydney in the County of Gloucester, in 1918, also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Bathurst was the great-grandson and namesake of the early-19th-century politician Charles Bathurst. The latter was the son of Charles Bragge and Anne Bathurst, granddaughter of Sir Benjamin Bathurst, younger brother of Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst. In 1804, Charles Bathurst assumed the surname of Bathurst in lieu of Bragge. The first Viscount's grandson, third Viscount, was one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that were allowed to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, and sat as a cross-bencher until his death. He was also a member of the Lords Constitution Committee. As of 2014 the titles are held by his son, the fourth Viscount, who succeeded in 2009.

The family seat is Lydney Park, near Lydney, Gloucestershire.

Viscounts Bledisloe (1935)[edit]

The heir apparent is the present holder's son Hon. Benjamin Bathurst (b. 2004).

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