Samuel Bosanquet

(1800—1882) legal and religious writer

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Samuel Bosanquet was born in London on 1 April 1800 and died at his family seat, Dingestow Court, Monmouthshire on 27 December 1882. Educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford (BA 1822, MA 1829), he was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple and was one of the revising barristers appointed when the Reform Act was passed in 1832. Throughout his life, Bosanquet was sympathetic to the poor. As a writer, he pleaded their case in his book The Rights of the Poor … (1841) and also in numerous leading articles in The Times. And when he inherited the family estates in 1843 he continued to promote the interests of the disadvantaged, both as landlord and as chairman for thirty-five years of the Monmouthshire quarter sessions. Bosanquet was also a keen student of Scripture and published several works on biblical topics; it appears he started to learn Hebrew in his sixties the better to understand the Old Testament. There is no record of Samuel's ever having met or corresponded with his younger and more famous distant cousin, Bernard Bosanquet.


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