Sir George Bowyer, 6th Baronet

Sir George Bowyer, 6th and 2nd Baronet, KStJ, GCSG, KCPO (3 March 1783 – 1 July 1860),[1] was a British politician. He sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1807 and 1818, first as a Tory[2] and then as a Whig.[3]

He was the son of Admiral Sir George Bowyer, 5th Baronet, and his second wife Henrietta Brett, daughter of Admiral Sir Piercy Brett,[4] and was born at Radley Hall in Berkshire.[5]

In 1800, he succeeded his father as baronet.[1] Bowyer was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1804 and a Master of Arts in 1807.[6]

At the 1807 general election, Bowyer was elected in the Tory interest as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Malmesbury,[2] a seat which he held until his resignation in 1810[7] by appointment as Steward of the Manor of East Hendred.[8]

He returned to Parliament the following year as a Whig, when he was elected at an unopposed by-election in June 1811 as the MP for Abingdon, following the resignation of Henry Bowyer.[3][9] He was re-elected in 1812, defeating his Tory opponent by a margin of 112 votes to 11,[3] and held the seat until the 1818 general election.[10] In 1815, financial difficulties forced him to sell the contents of Radley Hall.[11] As a consequence, he moved with his family to Italy, converting to Roman Catholicism in 1850.[11]

On 19 November 1808, he married Anne Hammond Douglas, oldest daughter of Captain Sir Andrew Snape Douglas.[12] They had three sons and a daughter.[13]


Bowyer died at Dresden in Germany, but was buried at Radley. He was succeeded in both baronetcies successively by his sons George and William.[5]


Bowyer was a Knight of the Venerable Order of Saint John (KStJ), a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (GCSG) and a Knight Commander of the Order of Pius IX (KCPO).[14]


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b Stooks Smith, Henry (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S. (ed.). The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester, UK: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 372. ISBN 0-900178-13-2.
  3. ^ a b c Stooks Smith, p. 7.
  4. ^ Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London, UK: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. pp. 134–35.
  5. ^ a b "ThePeerage - Sir George Bowyer, 2nd/6th Bt". Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  6. ^ s:Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886/Bowyer, Sir George, Bart. (1)
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M"
  8. ^ "No. 16339". The London Gazette. 3 February 1810. p. 178.
  9. ^ "No. 16499". The London Gazette. 25 June 1811. p. 1174.
  10. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 3)
  11. ^ a b "Radley History Club, Official Website - History". Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  12. ^ Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (Fifth ed.). London, UK: G. Woodfall. p. 221.
  13. ^ Dod, Charles Roger Phipps (1848). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London, UK: Whitaker and Co. pp. 101–02.
  14. ^ Gordon Gorman, Converts to Rome (1885),; accessed 17 April 2017.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Ladbroke
Nicholas Ridley-Colborne
Member of Parliament for Malmesbury
With: Philip Gell
Succeeded by
Abel Smith
Philip Gell
Preceded by
Henry Bowyer
Member of Parliament for Abingdon
Succeeded by
John Maberly
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
George Bowyer
(of Denham)
Succeeded by
George Bowyer
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Bowyer
(of Radley)
Succeeded by
George Bowyer