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.