Charles Bathurst
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
MonarchsGeorge III
George IV
Prime MinisterThe Earl of Liverpool
Preceded byThe Earl of Buckinghamshire
Succeeded byThe Lord Bexley
Personal details
Born1754 (1754)
Died13 August 1831 (1831-08-14)
Charlotte Addington
(m. 1781)
Children4, including William
Alma materUniversity 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

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 Poole Bathurst.[1]

Political career

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).

In 1796 Bathurst was made an honorary freeman of the Society of Merchant Venturers, due to his support for the slave trade.[2][3]


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]


  1. ^ a b "BATHURST (formerly BRAGGE), Charles (1754–1831), of Lydney Park, Glos". History of Parliament. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  2. ^ "PortCities Bristol". Archived from the original on 8 October 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2007.
  3. ^ Latimer, John (1903). The history of the Society of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol; with some account of the anterior Merchants' Guilds. Robarts - University of Toronto. Bristol, Arrowsmith.
Parliament of Great Britain Preceded byMarquess of Worcester Member of Parliament for Monmouth 1790–1796 Succeeded bySir Charles Thompson, Bt Preceded byThe Lord SheffieldMarquess of Worcester Member of Parliament for Bristol 1796–1800 With: The Lord Sheffield Succeeded byParliament of the United Kingdom Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byParliament of Great Britain Member of Parliament for Bristol 18011812 With: The Lord Sheffield to 1802Evan Baillie from 1802 Succeeded byEvan BaillieRichard Hart Davis Preceded byDavies GiddySir William Oglander, Bt Member of Parliament for Bodmin 1812–1818 With: Davies Giddy Succeeded byDavies GiddyThomas Bradyll Preceded byNicholas VansittartJohn Hiley Addington Member of Parliament for Harwich 1818–1823 With: Nicholas Vansittart Succeeded byGeorge CanningJohn Charles Herries Political offices Preceded byHon. Dudley Ryder Treasurer of the Navy 1801–1803 Succeeded byGeorge Tierney Preceded byCharles Philip Yorke Secretary at War 1803–1804 Succeeded byWilliam Dundas Preceded byLord Charles Spencer Master of the Mint 1806–1807 Succeeded byThe Earl Bathurst Preceded byThe Earl of Buckinghamshire Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1812–1823 Succeeded byThe Lord Bexley Preceded byGeorge Canning President of the Board of Control 1821–1822 Succeeded byCharles Williams-Wynn