Benjamin Bathurst (1872–1947)

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Bathurst in 1895.

Lieutenant-Colonel Allen Benjamin Bathurst (25 June 1872 – 8 October 1947) was a British Conservative Party politician. He usually went by his middle name and was known as Benjamin Bathurst.[1]

Bathurst was the third son of Allen Bathurst, 6th Earl Bathurst, and his first wife the Hon. Meriel née Warren (1839–1872), daughter of George Warren, 2nd Baron de Tabley. He commanded the 5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment and achieved the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Territorial Force Reserve. At the 1895 general election he was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Cirencester, a seat he held until his defeat in 1906. He regained the seat at the January 1910 election and held it until the constituency was abolished at the 1918 general election. He was also a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

Bathurst married at St Peter's Church, Eaton Square, on 22 April 1902, Augusta Ruby Spencer-Churchill, daughter of Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill, and granddaughter of the 6th Duke of Marlborough.[2] They had a son, Peter Bathurst (1903-1970).

He died in October 1947, aged 75. His grandson and namesake is the prominent naval commander Sir Benjamin Bathurst.



  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. " - Augusta Warbuton and others".  cites Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, volume 1, page 215.
  2. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36749). London. 23 April 1902. p. 9. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
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Harry Lawson Webster Levy-Lawson
Member of Parliament for Cirencester
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Walter Essex
Preceded by
Walter Essex
Member of Parliament for Cirencester
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