Richard Bagot (bishop)

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Richard Bagot, wearing regalia as Chancellor of the Order of the Garter
Arms of Richard Bagot, Bishop of Oxford and Chancellor of the Order of the Garter: Arms of See of Oxford impaling Ermine, two chevrons azure (Bagot) circumscribed by the Garter. Tiles created by A.W.N Pugin All Saints, Church Leigh. Tiles created by A.W.N Pugin. Peter Neaum. - panoramio.jpg
Arms of Richard Bagot, Bishop of Oxford and Chancellor of the Order of the Garter: Arms of See of Oxford impaling Ermine, two chevrons azure (Bagot) circumscribed by the Garter. Tiles created by A.W.N Pugin

The Honourable Richard Bagot (22 November 1782 – 15 May 1854) was an English bishop.

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Life

Bagot was a younger son of William Bagot, 1st Baron Bagot, of Blithfield Hall, Staffordshire, by the Honourable Elizabeth Louisa St John, daughter of John St John, 2nd Viscount St John. William Bagot, 2nd Baron Bagot, and Sir Charles Bagot were his elder brothers; Bishop Lewis Bagot was his uncle.

Bagot was educated at Rugby School [2] and Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1799, B.A. 1803, M.A. 1806, D.D. by diploma 1829 [3] ), and in 1804 was elected to a fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford, which he resigned two years later upon his marriage. [2]

Bagot was Rector of Leigh and Blithfield and Prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral. He was Canon of Windsor from 1822 to 1827, Dean of Canterbury 1827–1845, Bishop of Oxford 1829–1845 and Bishop of Bath and Wells 1845–1854. [2] He was the first Bishop of Oxford to be ex officio Chancellor of the Order of the Garter (from 1837 to 1845).

Holding the see of Oxford through the early years of the Tractarian movement, the Tory Bagot, hostile to Low Church attitudes, was initially and notably sympathetic to John Henry Newman and his associates. That did change by the first years of the 1840s, and Bagot did act in particular against the preaching of Edward Pusey. [2]

Family

Bagot married Lady Harriet Villiers, daughter of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Jersey in 1806. They had eight sons (three of whom became clergy and three joined the armed services) and four daughters: [4]

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References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard, The General Armory, London, 1884, p.39
  2. 1 2 3 4 Nockles, Peter B. "Bagot, Richard". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/1039.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.). The first edition of this text is available at Wikisource:  "Bagot, Richard"  . Dictionary of National Biography . London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  3. Foster, Joseph. "Bagot, Richard (2)"  . Alumni Oxonienses  via Wikisource.
  4. The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Review. Bradbury, Evans. 1854. p. 71.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Dean of Canterbury
1827–1845
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Oxford
1829–1845
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Bath and Wells
1845–1854
Succeeded by