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Henry Bathurst

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Death: Died in England
Immediate Family:

Son of Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst and Catherine Bathurst
Husband of Anne Bathurst and Tryphena Bathurst
Father of John Ready, Major-General; Lady Tryphena Bathurst; Lady Catherine Bathurst and Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl Bathurst, KG
Brother of Frances Woodhouse; Benjamin Bathurst; Lady Jane Bathurst; Lady Leonora Bathurst and Anne Bathurst

Occupation: 2nd Earl of Bathurst
Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst, PC

Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Earl Bathurst. Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst PC, KC (20 May 1714 – 6 August 1794), known as the Lord Apsley from 1771 to 1775, was a British lawyer and politician. He was Lord Chancellor of Great Britain from 1771 to 1778.

Background and education

Bathurst was the eldest son of Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst, and his wife Catherine (née Apsley). Educated at Balliol College, Oxford, he was called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn, in 1736, and became a King's Counsel in 1745.

Political and judicial career

In April 1735 he had been elected member of parliament for Cirencester, and was rewarded for his opposition to the government by being made solicitor-general and then attorney-general to Frederick, Prince of Wales. Resigning his seat in parliament in April 1754 he was made a judge of the Court of Common Pleas in the following month. He was admitted to the Privy Council and appointed Lord High Chancellor in January 1771, when he was raised to the peerage as Lord Apsley, Baron of Apsley, in the County of Sussex. Having succeeded his father as second Earl Bathurst in September 1775, he resigned his office somewhat unwillingly in July 1778 to enable Lord Thurlow to join the cabinet of Lord North. In November 1779 he was appointed Lord President of the Council, and left office with North in March 1782.


Lord Bathurst married firstly Anne James in 1754. After her death in 1758 he married secondly Tryphena, daughter of Thomas Scawen, in 1759. He died at Oakley Grove near Cirencester on 6 August 1794, aged 80, and was succeeded in the earldom by his son from his second marriage, Henry. Lady Bathurst died in 1807. Apsley House, in Hyde Park, known as "Number One London", was built for him by Robert Adam. It was sold in 1807 to the first Marquess of Wellesley, who sold it in 1817 to his famous brother, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.


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This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst, PC's Timeline

May 20, 1714
October 24, 1760
Age 46
May 22, 1762
Age 48
Age 62
August 6, 1794
Age 80