Born: Au­gust 28, 1796, Cleve­dale (near Bris­tol), Eng­land.

Died: No­vem­ber 25, 1877, Lyd­ney Park, Glou­ces­ters­hire, Eng­land.

Buried: At the par­ish church in Lyd­ney, Glou­ces­ter­shire, where he owned the fa­mi­ly seat. There is a plaque com­me­mo­rat­ing him in the church, and the 14th Cen­tu­ry cross in Lyd­ney was re­stored in 1878 in his me­mo­ry.



William was the son of Charles Bragge, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, who took the name of Bath­urst on suc­ceeding to his un­cle’s es­tate of Lyd­ney Park, Glou­ces­ter­shire.

He was edu­cat­ed at Win­ches­ter, and at Christ Church, Ox­ford, gra­du­at­ing in 1818.

He took Ho­ly Or­ders in 1819, and from 1820–52, was rec­tor of Bar­wick-in-El­met, near Leeds. How­ev­er, he could not re­con­cile his doc­trin­al views with the Book of Com­mon Prayer, and re­tired from the min­is­try.

For some time he was Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Bri­stol. In May 1863, on the death of his el­der broth­er, he suc­ceeded to his pa­ter­nal es­tate at Lyd­ney Park.