BOUVERIE, Hon. Bartholomew (1753-1835), of 21 Edward Street, Portman Square, Mdx.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press

Constituency

Dates

17 Dec. 1779 - 21 Feb. 1780
1790 - 1796
1806 - 1812
20 Feb. 1819 - 1826
16 Dec. 1826 - 1830

Family and Education

b. 29 Oct. 1753, 3rd s. of William Bouverie†, 1st earl of Radnor (d. 1776), and 2nd w. Rebecca, da. of John Alleyne of Four Hills, Barbados. educ. Harrow c.1766; Univ. Coll. Oxf. 1772. m. 9 Mar. 1779, Mary, da. of Hon. James Everard Arundell, 3s. (1 d.v.p.) 4da. (2 d.v.p.). d. 31 May 1835.

Offices Held

Commr. for auditing public accts. July 1802-Sept. 1806; metropolitan commr. of lunacy 1829-d.

Biography

Bouverie, who became a freeman of Winchester in 1811, had houses at Ash, Hampshire, and Chart Sutton, Kent, but apparently lived mainly in London.1 In October 1814 Lady Jerningham related a scandal concerning his daughters:

Sir Henry [St. John] Mildmay† married the eldest Miss Bouverie [Charlotte] ... a beautiful girl. She died a year after [at the birth] of her first child, who is living. Lord Rosebery married the second Miss Bouverie [Harriet]: they have four children, and she is gone off, with her brother-in-law, Sir Henry Mildmay, who cannot marry her. Mr. Bouverie is in the greatest affliction. Lady Mildmay was his favourite child, and now the dishonour of Lady Rosebery by his son-in-law, is very disastrous.

The couple were married in Württemberg the following year. Bouverie’s youngest daughter, Anna Maria Wyndham, had married St. John Mildmay’s younger brother, Paulet St. John Mildmay*, in 1813, while his eldest child, Anna Maria, had died in infancy.2

Bouverie played almost no part in public life. Although he had occasionally acted with opposition, at the general election of 1820 he was again returned by his Tory half-brother, the 2nd earl of Radnor, for his pocket borough of Downton, as he had been intermittently since 1779. He remained very inactive in the House, where he is not known ever to have spoken, though he now took a steadily ministerialist line.3 He paired against condemning ministers’ conduct towards Queen Caroline, 6 Feb., and repeal of the additional malt duty, 3 Apr. 1821. He voted against Catholic claims, 28 Feb. 1821, and the Catholic peers bill, 30 Apr. 1822. He divided against inquiries into the right of voting in parliamentary elections, 20 Feb., and chancery administration, 5 June 1823. He paired in favour of the Irish unlawful societies bill, 25 Feb. 1825, and against Catholic relief, 1 Mar., 21 Apr., voting against this in person, 10 May 1825. No further evidence of activity has been discovered during that Parliament. He was deprived of his seat at the dissolution in 1826, but was brought back later that year, after his replacement chose to sit elsewhere. It was probably his nephew, Duncombe Pleydell Bouverie, who presented a Salisbury petition against the Malt Act, 18 Mar.,