John Tuthill Bagot

John Tuthill Bagot (15 February 1819 – 13 August 1870) was a South Australian politician.[1]

John Bagot
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Light
In office
26 February 1857  12 March 1865
Preceded byNew District
Succeeded byPatrick Coglin
Personal details
Born(1819-02-15)15 February 1819
King's County, Ireland
Died13 August 1870(1870-08-13) (aged 51)
Spouse(s)Eliza Meyler
OccupationLawyer, Pastoralist

Bagot was the second son of Charles Bagot, of Kilcoursie House, King's County, Ireland, by Anna, eldest daughter of John Tuthill, of Kingsland, co. Limerick. Though described as Charles Hervey Bagot's nephew[2] their actual relationship was more distant. J. T. Bagot was admitted to the Irish bar. He married in 1848 Eliza, daughter of John Meyler.[1]

Bagot emigrated to South Australia, and was elected to the semi-elective South Australian Legislative Council of 1855-6, for the district of Light. From 1857 to 1864 he represented Light in the South Australian House of Assembly. On 26 September 1866, he was elected to the new Legislative Council, and continued to hold the seat until 16 June 1870, when he resigned.

He was South Australia's only colonial Solicitor-General,[3][4] serving in the Baker Ministry from 21 August to 1 September 1857. He also served as Commissioner of Crown Lands and Immigration in the First Reynolds Ministry from 9 May 1860, to 20 May 1861; Attorney-General in John Hart's Ministry from 24 September to 13 October 1868; and Chief Secretary in Mr. Strangways' Government from 3 November 1868, to 12 May 1870.[1]


  1. Mennell, Philip (1892). "Bagot, John Tuthill" . The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co via Wikisource.
  2. "Death of Captain Bagot". The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889). Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 30 July 1880. p. 5. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  3. Appleby, G (2016). Role of the Solicitor-General. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 322. ISBN 9781509903962.
  4. "Statistical Record of the Legislature, 1836-2009" (PDF). Parliament of South Australia. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
South Australian House of Assembly
New district Member for Light
Served alongside: Carrington Smedley, William Maturin, David Shannon, Francis Dutton, John Rowe
Succeeded by
Patrick Coglin
Political offices
New title Solicitor-General of South Australia
21 Aug  1 Sep 1857
Title next held by
Andrew Wells QC
Preceded by
Richard Andrews
Attorney-General of South Australia
24 Sep  13 Oct 1868
Succeeded by
Richard Andrews
Preceded by
William Milne
Commissioner of Crown Lands and Immigration
9 May 1860  20 May 1861
Succeeded by
Henry Strangways
Preceded by
Henry Ayers
Chief Secretary of South Australia
3 Nov 1868  12 May 1870
Succeeded by
Augustine Stow
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