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A BRIEF CHRONOLOGY OF HIS LIFE, FAMILY, WORK AND LEGACY
 

1771

24 March: Birth of Vincent Stuckey, WB’s uncle, in Langport, Somerset

1772

Stuckey’s Bank founded by Samuel Stuckey, Vincent’s uncle

1786

Birth of Edith Stuckey, WB’s mother and Vincent’s sister

1795

Birth of Thomas Watson Bagehot, WB’s father

1805

3 June: Birth of James Wilson, WB’s father-in-law, in Hawick, Roxburghshire

1823

Marriage of Thomas Watson Bagehot and Edith Stuckey (her 2nd marriage)

1825

30 March: Thomas Watson Bagehot became a partner in Stuckey’s Bank

1826

3 February: Birth of WB at Bank House, Langport, Somerset

1826

Herd’s Hill built by Bagehots

1827

22 October: Death of Watson Bagehot, WB’s older brother

1832

16 December: Birth of Eliza Wilson, WB’s wife

1835

WB attended Langport Grammar School until 1839

1839

WB attended Bristol College until 1842

1841

18 October: Birth of Emilie Isabel Wilson, WB’s sister-in-law and biographer (‘Mrs Russell Barrington’), in London

1842

WB student at University College London until 1848

1843

The Economist launched by James Wilson

1844

WB’s first foreign trip, to Germany, Belgium and Switzerland

1845

8 May: Death of Vincent Stuckey, WB’s uncle, in Langport, Somerset

1846

17 December: WB awarded 1st Class BA in classics, UCL

1847

WB’s first published work, article for Prospective Review on currency

1847

29 July: James Wilson elected Liberal MP for Westbury in general election

1847

30 November: James Wilson MP’s maiden speech in HC

1848

WB awarded MA and gold medal in philosophy, UCL

1848

WB studied for the bar, Lincolns Inn, Chambers of Charles Hall

1851

1 January: Eliza began her diary, which she kept until her death in 1921.  Her first entry was written in German

1851

8 May: After visiting Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace, WB described it in letter to his mother as “a great fair under a cucumber frame”

1851

WB in Paris, at the time of Louis Napoleon’s coup in December

1852

Abandoned law career to return to Langport, work in the family bank and look after his mother, who was unwell

1852

6 May: Eliza began her journal, which she kept until 19 January 1855

1852

July: James Wilson re-elected Liberal MP for Westbury in general election

1852

17 November: WB called to the Bar, Lincolns Inn

1855

WB and Richard Holt Hutton founded National Review

1857

WB’s first writings for The Economist

1857

24 January: WB first met Eliza Wilson

1857

March: James Wilson elected Liberal MP for Devonport in general election

1857

5 November: Proposed to Elizabeth (Eliza) Wilson

1857

7 November: WB became engaged to Eliza Wilson

1857

16 December: WB and Eliza Wilson exchanged engagement rings while in Edinburgh

1858

21 April: WB married Eliza Wilson at Claverton Manor, near Bristol

1859

WB made a director at The Economist

1859

April: James Wilson re-elected Liberal MP for Devonport in general election

1859

June: James Wilson re-elected Liberal MP for Devonport in ministerial by-election

1860

31 March: WB adopted for nomination for parliamentary constituency of London University but did not stand

1860

11 August: Death of James Wilson, WB’s father-in-law, in Calcutta, India

1861

January: Made a Justice of the Peace for Somerset

1861

WB became editor of The Economist

1862

January: Bagehots move into 12 Upper Belgrave St, London

1864

Elected to Political Economy Club

1865

15 May: First part of The English Constitution published in Fortnightly Review

1865

May-June: WB refused offer of nomination as Liberal for constituency of Dudley at General Election; initially stood at Manchester but withdrew after poor campaigning

1866

7 June: WB defeated as Liberal candidate for Bridgwater at the General Election, 294 votes to 301 votes

1867

The English constitution published

1867

November: First part of Physics and politics published in Fortnightly Review

1868

WB again offered for nomination for parliamentary constituency of London University but deferred to Robert Lowe

1868

March: Recuperated from severe illness at Lyme Regis

1868

1 July: Emilie Wilson (Eliza’s sister) married Russell Barrington in London

1869

12 April: Guy Barrington born, son of Emilie and Russell, in Wimbledon

1870

21 January: Death of Edith Stuckey, WB’s mother, at Herd’s Hill, Langport

1870

Moved his London home from Upper Belgrave St to The Poplars, Wimbledon

1872

Physics and politics published; 2nd edition of The English constitution published, with new preface

1873

Lombard Street published

1873

January: WB refused the offer of nomination as Liberal for the constituency of Liverpool

1875

WB elected member of Athenaeum Club

1877

20 March: WB left London for Langport for the last time

1877

24 March: Death of WB at Herd’s Hill, Langport, Somerset

1877

5 April: WB buried, All Saint’s Church, Langport

1879

3 November: Eliza’s memorial West Window of Langport Church set in place

1881

6 November: Death of Thomas Watson Bagehot, WB’s father

1886

22 May: Death of Elizabeth Preston Wilson, Bagehot’s mother in law

1889

First collection of WB’s works published by Travelers Insurance Co, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

1895

First article on WB by Woodrow Wilson, future US President, in Atlantic Monthly, “A literary politician”

1896

12 August: WB grave visited by Woodrow Wilson, future US President

1898

Second article on WB by Woodrow Wilson, future US President, in Atlantic Monthly, “A wit and a seer”

1907

4 June: Guy Barrington married Ida Geraldine Ford at Curry Rivel Church

1908

September: A series of 4 Thursday lectures by Rev Charles Marson at Hurds Hill, organised by Emilie ‘to bring a bit of Kensington culture to the local Langport inhabitants’

1909

Stuckey’s Bank merged with Parr’s Bank; lost the right to issue its own banknotes

1916

25 March: Stone plaque to WB unveiled at his birthplace, Bank House, Somerset, by his friend and admirer, Viscount Bryce

1916

3 Apr: Death of Russell Barrington, WB’s brother-in-law

1921

11 October: Death of Eliza Bagehot, WB’s wife.  Final entry in Eliza’s diary by her maid on Eliza’s death (“Dear Mrs Bagehot passed away at 5:45 in the morning”)

1933

9 March: Death of Emilie Barrington, WB’s sister-in-law and biographer (‘Mrs Russell Barrington’), at Herd’s Hill, Langport, Somerset

1933

The love letters of Walter Bagehot and Eliza Wilson, edited by Emilie Barrington, published

1966

6-7 January: Exhibition of ‘Bagehotiana’ at The Economist’s offices, 25 St James’s Street, London SW1 to mark the publication of first volumes of St Stevas’ edition of WB’s collected works

1967

26 July: Blue plaque to WB unveiled at 12 Upper Belgrave Street, London SW1 by Harold Wilson, Prime Minister

1973

27 February: Asteroid 2901 discovered by Lubos Kohoutek, later named after WB

1975

Establishment of Knight-Bagehot Fellowships at Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia Univerity, New York, USA, named in part after WB

1986

14 April: Publication of final volumes of St John Stevas’ collected works of Bagehot.  Speech by M Thatcher, PM at The Economist

2011

Bagehot Memorial Fund established by Langport Town Trust

2012

2 June: Inaugural Bagehot Memorial Debate on the motion that 'This house believes that the monarch should have greater powers'

2013

25 March: WB Interpretation Board unveiled in Langport’s Walter Bagehot Town Garden

2013

1 June: Second Bagehot Memorial Debate on the motion that 'This house believes that the United Kingdom needs Scotland'

 

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