Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Bagot, William (1773-1856)

BAGOT, WILLIAM, second Lord Bagot (1773–1856), was descended from a family which, at the time of the Conquest, were possessors of lands in Staffordshire. He was the third son of the first Lord Bagot, by a daughter of the second Lord Bolingbroke, and was born in Bruton Street, London, 11 Sept. 1773. He was educated at Westminster School, and at Magdalen College, Oxford. As the eldest surviving son, he succeeded to his father's title in 1798. Lord Bagot took an active interest in agricultural pursuits, was well versed in natural history, and possessed an inclination towards antiquarian studies. He was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and of the Linnean, Horticultural, and Zoological Societies. In 1824 he published 'Memorials of the Bagot Family,' containing a sketch of his ancestors from the time of the Conquest. From the university of Oxford he received, in 1834, the degree of D.C.L. He did not take an active part in politics, but, by his votes, gave a consistent support to the tories. He died at Blithfield, Staffordshire, 12 Feb. 1856. By his first wife, Emily, fourth daughter of the first Lord Southampton, he had no issue; but by his second wife, Louisa, eldest daughter of the third earl of Dartmouth, he had three sons and three daughters.

[Gent. Mag., new series, xlv. 422; Ann. Reg. xcviii. 239.]

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