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Seymour Henry Bathurst, 7th Earl Bathurst, CMG, TD, JP, DL (21 July 1864 – 21 September 1943) was a British nobleman, soldier and newspaper owner.[1]

Background and education

Bathurst was the son of Allen Bathurst, 6th Earl Bathurst and Meriel Leicester Warren. His maternal grandparents were George Warren, 2nd Baron de Tabley and his wife Catharina Barbara de Salis-Saglio. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]


He served as lieutenant-colonel in command of the 4th (Militia) Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment from 1893 to 1908. In recognition of services during the Second Boer War, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the South African Honours list published on 26 June 1902.[2] He was named an Honorary Colonel of the 4th Battalion in 1903 and Honorary Colonel of the 6th Battalion in 1908.

Marriage and family

On 15 November 1893, Bathurst married Lilias Margaret Frances Borthwick,[1] only daughter of Algernon Borthwick, 1st Baron Glenesk, owner of The Daily Telegraph and his wife Alice Beatrice Lister, daughter of the novelist Thomas Henry Lister, and his wife Maria. They had four children:

  • Lady Meriel Olivia Bathurst (3 September 1894 – 18 January 1936). She married Captain Lord Alastair Mungo Graham, son of Douglas Graham, 5th Duke of Montrose.
  • Allen Bathurst, Lord Apsley (3 August 1895 – 17 December 1942)
  • Hon. William Ralph Seymour Bathurst (21 September 1903 – 10 September 1970). He married Helen Winifred Heathcoat-Amory, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Harry William Ludovic Heathcote Heathcoat-Amory, of the Heathcoat-Amory baronets.
  • Hon. Ralph Henry Bathurst (26 September 1904 – 5 December 1965).

Countess Lilias Road in Cirencester is named after Lady Bathurst.

Morning Post

At the time of their marriage it was expected that the Morning Post would be inherited by Oliver Borthwick, a younger brother of his wife. However Oliver predeceased his father on 23 March 1905, and Bathurst's wife Lilias became the only legal heir of her father. Lord Glenesk died on 24 November 1908. His estate was inherited by his only surviving child. The Morning Post was then co-owned by Bathurst and his wife. It was under their ownership, in 1920, that the paper published a series of articles based on the so-called Protocols of the Elders of Zion. These were collected the same year and published in London and New York in book form under the title of The Cause of World Unrest. The Bathursts sold the paper to a consortium organized by the 8th Duke of Northumberland in 1924.

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