Charles Bampfylde

Sir Charles Warwick Bampfylde, 5th Baronet (23 January 1753 – 19 April 1823)[1] of Poltimore in Devon, was a British politician who served twice as Member of Parliament for Exeter, in 1774–1790 and 1796–1812.[2]

Origins

He was the eldest surviving son of Sir Richard Bampfylde, 4th Baronet by his wife Jane Codrington (d. 1789), daughter and heiress of Colonel John Codrington of Charlton House,[3] Wraxall, Somerset, near Bristol.[4] He was baptised at St Augustine the Less Church, Bristol in Gloucestershire.[5]

Career

Bampfylde was educated at New College, Oxford and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Civil Law (DCL).[5] In 1776, he succeeded his father as baronet.[6] He was High Sheriff of Somerset for 1820–21 after the death in office of Gerard Berkeley Napier.

Between 1774 and 1790 Bampfylde sat as Member of Parliament for Exeter.[7] From 1796 he represented the constituency in the Parliament of Great Britain until the Act of Union in 1801, then in the Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1812.[7]

Marriage and progeny

On 9 February 1776, at St James's Church, Piccadilly, he married Catharine Moore, eldest daughter of Admiral Sir John Moore, 1st Baronet,[8] by whom he had two sons and a daughter:[8]

Murder attempt and death

On 7 April 1823 a shot was fired at Bampfylde in front of his house at Montagu Square in London by a jealous ex-servant, whose wife was still working in Bampfylde's household.[11] After he had seen his shot hitting Bampfylde, the man killed himself with a second pistol.[11]

Bampfylde survived, but died two weeks later.[8] An autopsy showed that the shot itself had passed the lungs and had come to a stillstand between the ribs, however that with the bullet also a little piece of his braces had entered the body and had effected a deadly gangrene.[12] Bampfylde was buried at Hardington in Somerset.[12]

Succession

His elder son George Bampfylde, 1st Baron Poltimore succeeded to the baronetcy and was later elevated to the peerage as Baron Poltimore.[6]

References

  1. "Leigh Rayment – Baronetage". Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  2. History of Parliament biography of Bampfylde, Charles Warwick (1753–1823), of Poltimore, Devon
  3. History of Parliament biography
  4. Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.40
  5. "ThePeerage – Sir Charles Warwick Bamfylde, 5th Bt". Retrieved 13 January 2009.
  6. Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. II (fourth ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. pp. 305–306.
  7. "Leigh Rayment – British House of Commons, Exeter". Archived from the original on 29 November 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  8. Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (5th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 140.
  9. Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.41
  10. Vivian, p.41
  11. Smith, Thomas (1833). A Topographical and Historical Account of the Parish of St Mary-le-Bone. London: John Smith. p. 315.
  12. Sylvanus, Urban (1823). The Gentleman's Magazine. London: John Harris and Son. pp. 468–469.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Buller
John Rolle Walter
Member of Parliament for Exeter
17741790
With: John Rolle Walter 1774–1776
John Baring 1776–1790
Succeeded by
James Buller
John Baring
Preceded by
James Buller
John Baring
Member of Parliament for Exeter
17961801
With: John Baring
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Exeter
18011812
With: John Baring 1801–1802
James Buller 1802–1812
Succeeded by
William Courtenay
James Buller
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Richard Bampfylde
Baronet
(of Poltimore)
1776–1823
Succeeded by
George Bampfylde
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