Bathurst's grandfather was one of the twelve Tory peers created in 1712 to carry the treaty of Utrecht and in 1772, aged 88, had been promoted earl; his father was lord chancellor 1771–8 and lord president of the council 1779–82. As Lord Apsley, Bathurst entered Parliament for Cirencester as soon as he was of age and was appointed a lord of the Admiralty by Pitt, a personal friend. He held the post until 1789 when he became a lord of the Treasury, and from 1793 to 1802 was a commissioner of the Board of Control. He had a long career in the Tory ministries of the early 19th cent.—president of the Board of Trade 1807–12, secretary for war 1812–27, and lord president of the council 1828–30. According to Greville, once his secretary, he made moderate talents go a long way.
Subjects: British History.