Charles Bathurst of Lydney Park vs William Elsmley of Darley Hall & George Henry Weller of Derby


Lydney Park was a 17th  century country estate and bought in 1719 by Benjamin Bathurst , son of the Cofferer of the Household to Queen Anne , and has remained in the family since then . The house was originally close to the main road with a large deer park behind it . Charles Bathurst’ father Reverend William Hiley Bathurst built in 1875 a new house in the centre of the deer park with views over the River Severn located at Lydney in the Forest of Dean district in Gloucestershire .

His father Reverend William Hiley Bathurst was born in 1796 at Clevedale nr Bristol and died in 1877 at Lydney Park . He was educated at Winchester & at Christ Church - Oxford , graduating in 1818 . From 1820-1852 , he was rector of Barwick-in-Elmet nr Leeds . However , he could not reconcile his doctrinal views with the Book of Common Prayer and retired from the ministry . For some time he was a MP for Bristol . There’s a plaque commemorating him inside Lydney’ parish church where he owned the family seat and the 14th  Century cross in Lydney was restored in 1878 in his memory .

His son , the Mastiff fancier , Charles Bathurst 1836- 1907 was educated at Christ Church – Oxford and became a Master of Arts and was admitted to Inner Temple entitled to practice as a Barrister-at-Law . He held the office of Justice of the Peace , married in 1864 Mary Elizabeth Hay , daughter of Colonel Thomas Pasley Hay and resided at Lydney Park .

Charles Bathurst of Lydney Park was mentioned in the will of William Elmsley 1797-1866 of Darley Hall – six mls S of Chatsworth - , one of His Majesty’ Counsel & Judge of Derby County Court  , together with ‘Solr’ (solicitor) George Henry Weller , the latter also mentioned as the official assignee & registrar of the Derby County Court . So it may not have been pure coincidence these three names involved are to be found together in early breed connection , ie Chas Bathurst owned a/o the brindle Peveril (see pic here above) b ’63 &  bred by a ‘W Elmsley’ out of his Juno sired by Bruce II ‘ son Wallace (see pic below) bred & owned by Lukey , and later on purchased by     a ‘Weller’ from Derby’ ! MB Wynn stated Elmsley’ Juno was from a fawn Mastiff & a Deerhound sire .

William Elmsley was educated at Eton & Trinity College - Cambridge where he graduated BA in 1819 and proceeded MA in 1822 . He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple 1825 , appointed a QC aka Queen's Counsel (a lawyer appointed by letters patent to be one of Her Majesty's Counsel learned in the law) , Treasurer & Master of the Library of the Middle Temple & Judge of the Derby County Court in 1862 when he also became a magistrate for the county of Derby .

Mr Elmsley practised at the Chancery bar to which branch of the profession he was devotedly attached  and for it he was peculiarly fitted from his knowledge of the true principles of equity jurisprudence , his sterling character, and excellent memory . Among the many leading cases in which he held briefs , may be mentioned those of Egerton vs Brownlow (the great Bridgwater case) , Brook vs Brook (marriage with a deceased wife' sister) , Mcintosh vs Great Western Railway , Harrison vs Corporation of Southampton (Hartley Institute case) , Duke of Brunswick vs King of Hanover , King of Hanover vs the Queen (Hanover Crown Jewels) , &c .

Around the time Mr Elmsley bred his litter a/o containing Peveril , dog shows were still very young . The first show report on which could lay hands was published in The Illustrated London News 15th Dec 1860  mentions about the Birmingham Dog Show a/o - 'The Boarhounds hardly carried out our idea of Wouvermans , and with the exception of one cream with a black muzzle , the Mastiffs fell below the regular John Bull type ; winner of the Mastiff class was a fawn female displaying a long wedge shaped muzzle lacking the required frontal depth , ie Mr Edgar Hanbury' Empress sired by Andsdell' Leo reputed of the Lyme breed .

This Empress mated to the squarely headed Bill George' brindle Tiger (bred by that famous Yorkshire man JW Thompson) produced for Mr Hanbury the 1st ever Mastiff champion , ie ch Duchess who became especially successful at the following Birmingham shows , a/o in 1862 of which there was published  by the ILN a tableau of  Mastiffs , amongst probably also this ch Duchess who became double great-granddam of the early breed pillar , Mr Hanbury' ch Rajah , already mentioned here in a former article .