Richard Bagot (bishop)

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


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[1] and Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1799, B.A. 1803, M.A. 1806, D.D. by diploma 1829[2]), and in 1804 was elected to a fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford, which he resigned two years later upon his marriage.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]


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:[3]

  • Edward Richard Bagot, army officer
  • Villiers, died young in 1810
  • Henry Bagot R.N.
  • Charles Walter Bagot, cleric
  • Louis Francis Bagot, cleric
  • Harriet Frances, married 1837 Rev. Lord Charles Thynne
  • George Bagot, army officer
  • Frances Caroline, died 1840 at age 21
  • Richard Bagot, died 1840 at age 19
  • Frederick Bagot, cleric
  • Emily Mary (died 1853), married in 1850 George Thomas Orlando Bridgeman, cleric
  • Mary Isabel, married in 1843 William Dawnay, 7th Viscount Downe.


  1. 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.
  2. Foster, Joseph. "Bagot, Richard (2)" . Alumni Oxonienses via Wikisource.
  3. The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Review. Bradbury, Evans. 1854. p. 71.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hugh Percy
Dean of Canterbury
Succeeded by
William Rowe Lyall
Preceded by
Charles Lloyd
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Samuel Wilberforce
Preceded by
George Henry Law
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Succeeded by
The Lord Auckland
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