BOUVERIE, Charles Henry (1782-1836), of Betchworth House, Surr.
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b. Feb. 1782, o. surv. s. of Hon. William Henry Bouverie* by Lady Bridget Douglas, da. of James, 14th Earl of Morton [S]. unm. 1s. 1da. suc. fa. 1806.
Agent, St. Lucia c.1827-d.
Capt. Betchworth vols. 1803, maj. commdt. 1804.
Bouverie unsuccessfully contested Malmesbury at his uncle Lord Radnor’s instigation in 1806, but as a last-minute substitute for Radnor’s son Lawrence, who was thought to be ineligible.1 Five years later he came in unopposed for Dorchester in place of his ‘excellent friend and relation Lord Shaftesbury’, promising support of ‘our glorious constitution’.2 He said not a word at Westminster; but voted against a change of government, 21 May 1812, and against Catholic relief, 22 June. At the ensuing election he was returned for Dorchester and, on Lord Radnor’s interest, for Downton. Opting for the latter, he again voted against Catholic claims, 2 Mar. 1813, before vacating his seat for his uncle’s convenience. He subsequently acted as agent for St. Lucia. He died 27 May 1836. By his will he left his sporting seat at Marlow to Maria Julia Hedges, mother of his two children.3