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Allen Bathurst, 1st Earl Bathurst

(1684–1775), English politician, literary patron

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Son of Sir Benjamin Bathurst (d. 1704) and his wife, Frances née Apsley (d. 1727); in 1704 he married Catherine Apsley (1688–1768); they had nine children. Educated at the University of Oxford. MP for Cirencester 1705, he was an enthusiastic Tory; created Earl Bathurst 1712. He had numerous literary friends including William Congreve, Alexander Pope, Matthew Prior, Laurence Sterne and Jonathan Swift.

Biographical note by Electronic Enlightenment Project.

First released August 2008.


EE editions with biographical details

  • Addison, Joseph. The letters of Joseph Addison. Ed. Walter Graham. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1941. Print.
  • Pope, Alexander. Correspondence of Alexander Pope. 5 vol. Ed. George Sherburn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1956. Print.
  • Swift, Jonathan. The correspondence of Jonathan Swift. 5 vol. Ed. Harold Williams. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1963. Print.
  • Voltaire, François Marie Arouet. Correspondence and related documents. 51 vol. Ed. Theodore Besterman. Geneva, Banbury, Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 1968–1977. Print.

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