Youngest son of hymnist John Bowring, Edgar was educated at University College, London. He is remembered as a translator, author and civil servant, serving as librarian and registrar to the Board of Trade (1848–63), secretary to the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, and Member of Parliament for Exeter (1868–74). He translated two small volumes of German hymns, selected by Queen Victoria (one volume on the death of the Duchess of Kent, the other on the death of Prince Albert), and privately printed for her use. His other works include:

  1. When My Last Hour Is Close at Hand