Charles Bampfylde

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Arms of Bampfylde: Or, on a bend gules three mullets argent

Sir Charles Warwick Bampfylde, 5th Baronet (23 January 1753 – 19 April 1823)[1] of Poltimore in Devon, was a British politician who served twice as Member of Parliament for Exeter, in 1774-1790 and 1796-1812.[2]


He was the eldest surviving son of Sir Richard Bampfylde, 4th Baronet by his wife Jane Codrington (d.1789), daughter and heiress of Colonel John Codrington of Charlton House,[3] Wraxhall, Somerset, near Bristol.[4] He was baptised at St Augustine the Less Church, Bristol in Gloucestershire.[5]


Bampfylde was educated at New College, Oxford and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Civil Law (DCL).[5] In 1776, he succeeded his father as baronet.[6] He was High Sheriff of Somerset for 1820–21 after the death in office of Gerard Berkeley Napier.

Between 1774 and 1790 Bampfylde sat as Member of Parliament for Exeter.[7] From 1796 he represented the constituency in the Parliament of Great Britain until the Act of Union in 1801, then in the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1812.[7]

Marriage & progeny[edit]

Lady Bampfylde by Sir Joshua Reynolds, c.1776, Tate Modern, London

On 9 February 1776, at St James's Church, Piccadilly, he married Catharine Moore, eldest daughter of Admiral Sir John Moore, 1st Baronet,[8] by whom he had two sons and a daughter:[8]

Murder attempt and death[edit]

On 7 April 1823 a shot was fired at Bampfylde in front of his house at Montagu Square in London by a jealous ex-servant, whose wife was still working in Bampfylde's household.[11] After he had seen his shot hitting Bampfylde, the man killed himself with a second pistol.[11]

Bampfylde survived, but died two weeks later.[8] An autopsy showed that the shot itself had passed the lungs and had come to a stillstand between the ribs, however that with the bullet also a little piece of his braces had entered the body and had effected a deadly gangrene.[12] Bampfylde was buried at Hardington in Somerset.[12]


His elder son George Bampfylde, 1st Baron Poltimore succeeded to the baronetcy and was later elevated to the peerage as Baron Poltimore.[6]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 5 April 2009. 
  2. ^ History of Parliament biography of Bampfylde, Charles Warwick (1753-1823), of Poltimore, Devon[1]
  3. ^ History of Parliament biography
  4. ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.40
  5. ^ a b "ThePeerage - Sir Charles Warwick Bamfylde, 5th Bt". Retrieved 13 January 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. II (fourth ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. pp. 305–306. 
  7. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Exeter". Retrieved 5 April 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (5th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 140. 
  9. ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.41
  10. ^ Vivian, p.41
  11. ^ a b Smith, Thomas (1833). A Topographical and Historical Account of the Parish of St Mary-le-Bone. London: John Smith. p. 315. 
  12. ^ a b Sylvanus, Urban (1823). The Gentleman's Magazine. London: John Harris and Son. pp. 468–469. 

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Buller
John Rolle Walter
Member of Parliament for Exeter
With: John Rolle Walter 1774–1776
John Baring 1776–1790
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James Buller
John Baring
Preceded by
James Buller
John Baring
Member of Parliament for Exeter
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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 Exeter
With: John Baring 1801–1802
James Buller 1802–1812
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Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Richard Bampfylde
(of Poltimore)
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George Bampfylde