Edgar Alfred Bowring

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Edgar Alfred Bowring (/ˈbrɪŋ/; 26 May 1826 – August 1911) was a British translator, author and civil servant, serving as librarian and registrar to the Board of Trade (1848–1863), secretary to the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, and Liberal Member of Parliament for Exeter (1868–1874).[1]

He was the youngest son of Sir John Bowring (1792–1872), of Exeter, Devon, Governor of Hong Kong and also a traveller and translator of literary works, and was brother of John Charles Bowring and Lewin Bentham Bowring.

He translated various works of poetry from German into English.


  • Free Trade and Its So-Called Sophisms: A Reply to 'Sophisms of Free Trade, etc., Examined by a Barrister' with Lord Vere Henry Hobart (1850)
  • The Most Holy Book of Psalms Literally Rendered Into English Verse, According to the Prayer Book Version (1858)



  1. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 126. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Coleridge
The Viscount Courtenay
Member of Parliament for Exeter
With: John Coleridge 1868–1873
Arthur Mills 1873–1874
Succeeded by
Arthur Mills
John George Johnson