Charles Bathurst

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The Right Honourable
Charles Bathurst
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
1812–1823
Monarch George III
George IV
Prime Minister The Earl of Liverpool
Preceded by The Earl of Buckinghamshire
Succeeded by The Lord Bexley
Personal details
Born 1754 (1754)
Died 13 August 1831 (1831-08-14)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Charlotte Addington (d. 1839)
Alma mater University of Oxford

Charles Bathurst PC (1754 – 13 August 1831), known as Charles Bragge from 1754 to 1804, was a British politician of the early 19th century.

Background and education[edit]

Born Charles Bragge, Bathurst was the son of Charles Bragge, of Cleve Hill in Gloucestershire, and his wife Anne Bathurst, the granddaughter of Sir Benjamin Bathurst, younger brother of Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst. He was educated at Winchester School and New College, Oxford and studied law at Lincoln's Inn in 1772, being called to the bar in 1778. In 1804 he assumed by Royal licence the surname of Bathurst in lieu of Bragge when he inherited Lydney Park in Gloucestershire from his maternal uncle.[1]

Political career[edit]

Bathurst sat as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Monmouth from 1790 to 1796, for Bristol from 1796 to 1812, for Bodmin from 1812 to 1818 and for Harwich from 1818 to 1823. He was invested a member of the Privy Council in 1801 and held office under Henry Addington as Treasurer of the Navy from 1801 to 1803 and as Secretary at War from 1803 to 1804. He also served under the Duke of Portland as Master of the Mint (1806–07) and under Lord Liverpool as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1812–23) and President of the Board of Control (1821–22).

He was a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers and supported the slave trade.[2]

Family[edit]

Bathurst died in August 1831. He had married Charlotte, daughter of Anthony Addington, in 1781 and with her had 2 sons and 2 daughters. He was succeeded in turn by their eldest son Charles and their younger son, Reverend William Hiley Bathurst who became the grandfather of Charles Bathurst, 1st Viscount Bledisloe. His wife survived him by eight years and died in May 1839.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BATHURST (formerly BRAGGE), Charles (1754-1831), of Lydney Park, Glos.". History of Parliament. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "PortCities Bristol". Retrieved 2007-05-05. 

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Marquess of Worcester
Member of Parliament for Monmouth
1790–1796
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Thompson, Bt
Preceded by
The Lord Sheffield
Marquess of Worcester
Member of Parliament for Bristol
1796–1800
With: The Lord Sheffield
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
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Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Bristol
18011812
With: The Lord Sheffield to 1802
Evan Baillie from 1802
Succeeded by
Evan Baillie
Richard Hart Davis
Preceded by
Davies Giddy
Sir William Oglander, Bt
Member of Parliament for Bodmin
1812–1818
With: Davies Giddy
Succeeded by
Davies Giddy
Thomas Bradyll
Preceded by
Nicholas Vansittart
John Hiley Addington
Member of Parliament for Harwich
1818–1823
With: Nicholas Vansittart
Succeeded by
George Canning
John Charles Herries
Political offices
Preceded by
Hon. Dudley Ryder
Treasurer of the Navy
1801–1803
Succeeded by
George Tierney
Preceded by
Charles Philip Yorke
Secretary at War
1803–1804
Succeeded by
William Dundas
Preceded by
Lord Charles Spencer
Master of the Mint
1806–1807
Succeeded by
The Earl Bathurst
Preceded by
The Earl of Buckinghamshire
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1812–1823
Succeeded by
The Lord Bexley
Preceded by
George Canning
President of the Board of Control
1821–1822
Succeeded by
Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn