Birth: 1 September 1730

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Blithfield, Staffordshire

Baptism: 20 September 1730

Place of Baptism: Blithfield, Staffordshire

Death: 2 April 1793 - Aged 62

Place or Registered Place of Death: Chicheley, Buckinghamshire

Father: Walter Wagstaffe Bagot

Mother: Barbara Legge

Spouse(s): Catherine Legge

Date of Marriage: 5 October 1765

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: London, Middlesex


Mary Chester (-1846)
William Chester
William Chester (1775-1838)
Lt.-Gen. John Chester (1779-1857)
Catherine Chester
Elizabeth Chester
Anne Chester
Frances Chester
Louisa Chester
Charles Chester


Charles Chester was born on 1 September 1730. He was the son of Sir Walter Wagstaffe Bagot, 5th Bt. and Lady Barbara Legge. He married Catherine Legge, daughter of Hon. Heneage Legge and Catherine Fogg, on 5 October 1765. He died on 2 April 1793 at age 62.

Charles Chester was baptised with the name of Charles Bagot. On 1755 his name was legally changed to Charles Chester by Act of Parliament.

Poems of William Cowper - 1785-1800
Charles Chester died on 2 April 1793; in Johnson, 1815, this epitaph is dated `April 1793' (p. 299). No MS. is known to survive, and it does not seem to have been sent to Chester's brother, Walter Bagot, with Cowper's letter of condolence of 4 May 1793 Charles Chester was born in 173o, the second son of Sir Walter Wagstaffe Bagot, Bt.; his mother was a daughter of the first Earl of Dartmouth. He was admitted to Westminster School in February 1738/9, and there, like his younger brother Walter, became a friend of Cowper. After some years in a merchant's house in Canton, in 1753 he entered the wine trade, and moved from China to Portugal. He returned to England in 1755, on learning that he was heir to the estates of his cousin, Sir Charles Bagot Chester (1724-55). By a private Act of Parliament Or Geo. II), Charles Bagot assumed the name and arms of Chester, in accordance with the terms of his cousin's will. He spent the rest of his life on his estate at Chicheley, about four miles south of Olney, where in later years he was visited by his old friend William Cowper. Charles Chester married his cousin Catherine Legge in 1765; they had twelve children, one of whom became the wife of Lord Liverpool, Prime Minister from 1812 to 1827.

The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 63 - 1793
At his seat at Chicheley, Bucks, universally lamented by all who knew him, Charles Chester, esq., second son of the late Sir Walter Wagstaffe Bagot, bart. of Blithfield, co. Stafford, and next brother to the present Lord Bagot. Upon the death of the late Sir Charles Bagot Chester, bart. in 1756, by his will he succeeded to his estates, and took the name and arms of Chester, as directed by the said will. In 1765 he married Catherine, eldest daughter of the Hon. Baron Legge, second son of William late Earl of Dartmouth, by whom he has left issue, six sons and three daughters. He is succeeded by his eldest son, Charles, fellow of All Souls college, Oxford.

Charles Chester-Bagot