Henry Bathurst, 4th Earl Bathurst

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The Earl Bathurst
Member of Parliament
for Weobley
In office
January – October 1812
Serving with Lord George Thynne
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Member of Parliament
for Cirencester
In office
Serving with
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Personal details
Born(1790-02-24)24 February 1790
Apsley House, London, England
Died25 May 1866(1866-05-25) (aged 76)
Oakley Park, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England
Political partyTory
EducationEton College
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

Henry George Bathurst, 4th Earl Bathurst (24 February 1790 – 25 May 1866), styled as Lord Apsley from 1794 to 1834, was a British peer and Tory politician.

Background and education[edit]

Born at Apsley House, he was the eldest son of Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl Bathurst, and his wife Lady Georgina, third daughter of Lord George Lennox.[1] He was educated at Eton College and went then to Christ Church, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1811 and a Master of Arts three years later.[1] In 1820, he received a Doctor of Civil Law degree from the University of Oxford.


Bathurst served as a clerk to the Teller of the Exchequer and in 1812, he was appointed a Commissioner of the India Board, a post he held for the next six years.[1] He was elected to the House of Commons as one of two representatives for Weobley in January 1812, sitting until October the same year. He then represented Cirencester until 1834, when he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords.

On 24 January 1813 he was commissioned as Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant to raise the Royal Cotswold Local Militia at Cirencester.[2][3]

He was one of the founders of the Royal Agricultural College in 1845.


Bathurst died at his country residence, Oakley Park, Cirencester, on 25 May 1866 aged 76 after a long illness.[4] His body lay in state until it was interred on the estate in front of thousands of mourners.[5]


He never married and was succeeded in the earldom by his younger brother William.


  1. ^ a b c Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co.
  2. ^ Maj Wilfred Joseph Cripps (revised by Capt Hon M.H. Hicks-Beach & Maj B.N. Spraggett), The Royal North Gloucester Militia, 2nd Edn, Cirencester: Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard Printing Works, 1914, pp. 119–20.
  3. ^ Local Militia: Gloucestershire, at This Re-illuminated School of Mars: Auxiliary forces and other aspects of Albion under Arms in the Great War against France.
  4. ^ "Death of Earl Bathurst". Cheltenham Looker-On. 2 June 1866. Retrieved 17 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ "Funeral of Earl Bathurst". Cheltenham Chronicle. 5 June 1866. Retrieved 17 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage New York: St Martin's Press, 1990
  • Charles Mosley (ed.), Burke's Peerage and Baronetage 3 volumes, 107th edition (London 2003)
  • C Kidd and D Williamson (eds), Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (London 2000)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord George Thynne
Lord Guernsey
Member of Parliament for Weobley
Jan – Oct 1812
With: Lord George Thynne
Succeeded by
Viscount St Asaph
William Bathurst
Preceded by
Michael Hicks-Beach
Joseph Cripps
Member of Parliament for Cirencester
1812 – 1834
With: Michael Hicks-Beach 1812–1818
Joseph Cripps 1818–1834
Succeeded by
Joseph Cripps
Lord Edward Somerset
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Henry Bathurst
Earl Bathurst
Succeeded by
William Lennox Bathurst