William Bagot, 1st Baron Bagot

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William Bagot, 1st Baron Bagot, by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Blithfield Hall, c.1850

William Bagot, 1st Baron Bagot (28 February 1728 – 22 October 1798), known as Sir William Bagot, 6th Baronet from 1768 to 1780, was a British politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1754 to 1780 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Bagot.

Bagot was the son of Sir Walter Bagot, 5th Baronet, and his wife Lady Barbara Legge. He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and graduated Master of Arts in 1749 and Doctor of Civil Law in 1754, and then sat as Member of Parliament for Staffordshire from 1754 to 1780. In 1768 Bagot succeeded to the Baronetcy of Blithfield, Staffordshire, and to the family estate at Blithfield Hall on the death of his father. On 17 October 1780 he was raised to the Peerage of Great Britain as Baron Bagot, of Bagot's Bromley in the County of Stafford.[1]

He died in London on 22 October 1798, aged 70, and was succeeded by his eldest son William. Lord Bagot had married Elizabeth St John, daughter of the 2nd Viscount St John, in Wroxham, Oxon, on 20 August 1760. They had 8 children including William, his successor, but three died of scarlet fever within 3 days. His other sons were the Hon. Sir Charles Bagot and the Hon. Richard Bagot. Lady Bagot died in 1820.

Lord Bagot's niece, Jane Margaret (daughter of his brother Walter by his second wife, Mary Ward) married the English judge Sir Edward Vaughan Williams [2] in 1826 and they were the grandparents of the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.


  1. ^ "BAGOT, William (1728–98), of Blithfield, Staffs". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Annotated Obituary, in 'The Patrician', Vol. 2, p. 90, by John Burke, Sir Bernard Burke (published by E. Churton, 1846)". Retrieved 10 September 2017.


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Leveson-Gower
Sir Walter Wagstaffe Bagot
Member of Parliament for Staffordshire
Served alongside: William Leveson-Gower 1754–1757
Henry Thynne 1757–1761
Lord Grey of Groby 1761–1768
Sir John Wrottesley 1768–1780
Succeeded by
Sir John Wrottesley
Viscount Lewisham
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Bagot
Succeeded by
William Bagot
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Walter Wagstaffe Bagot
(of Blithfield)
Succeeded by
William Bagot
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