I was very excited to receive from my cousin the above photograph, which she found in her late mother’s effects.  It was not marked, and she did not know who it was, but on seeing it I knew immediately.

How? Well, for two reasons:
1. It was found in the family
2. Evelyn had a withered left arm


See my blog about how this happened here:


His obituary reads:


Obiit Evelyn Bazalgette, QC, born 1801.  He matriculated at Balliol College Oxford and took a first class in classics and a second in mathematics in 1822.   Among his now distinguished contemporaries at Oxford may be mentioned the 7th Lord Shaftesbury, whose name appears in the first class of the same list, and Dr Pusey.  He was admitted as a student of Lincoln’s Inn in 1823 and was called to the bar in 1827.  For many years he enjoyed an extensive Chancery practice and numbered among his contemporaries Lord Abinger, Lord Cairns, Lord Campbell, Lord Cottenham, Lord Cranworth, Lord Denman [son of one of the doctors who tried to cure his withered arm], Lord Hatherley, Lord Langdale, Lord Lyndhurst, Lord Romilly, Lord St Leonards, Lord Truro and Lord Westbury.  He was created a Queen’s Counsel in 1858 and invited to the bench of Lincoln’s Inn in the same year.   He was treasurer of Lincoln’s Inn in 1878, one of the governors of King’s College and one of the few surviving original members of the Oxford and Cambridge Club, established by Lord Palmerston and others in 1830.
[Pump Court, the Temple newspaper and review, Volume 7]


Evelyn was Louis Bazalgette’s son by his second marriage to Frances, and was my great-great-great-great uncle.  It appears that he was much loved in the family, and his sweetness of expression is very marked in this picture.  I love it!


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8 Responses to EVELYN BAZALGETTE, QC (1801-1888)

  1. Charles Bazalgette says:

    I’m told by several people who wanted to comment on my blogs that they were not allowed to. I checked my settings and have now changed them so that anyone can comment. Previously it only applied to those who were logged in to Posterous or Twitter. So if you wanted to comment please try again!

  2. Joanna Waugh says:

    What a sad but uplifting story! Despite your great-uncle’s severe injury, he went on to a distinguished career. Bravo for him!

  3. Sarah Waldock says:

    It’s always a rather moving moment to come face to face with an ancestor – and what a brave man he was, and as you say his face shows that he must have been a very pleasant fellow. And to be pleasant when he fought pain and disability in a time when any disability was often mocked is even more extraordinary. You have some wonderful relatives, Charles!

  4. Charles Bazalgette says:

    Thank you Sarah. I do seem to have more than my share of ‘characters’ in my family (apart from one black sheep whom i won’t name – we all have one) and I’m proud of most of them, though a lot of them just lived off the profits and didn’t do anything notable.Evelyn is an inspiration and I agree that such a disability would have taken a lot of overcoming. The arm seems to just have been limp, though he had a little use of his fingers. To stop it swinging around he devised this sling which he could hook his fingers over. My ggfr also became a QC and was undoubtedly inspired by Evelyn. His career was very promising until he was struck down by an asthma attack and died just a few months after Evelyn, and a month after the birth of my grandfather. How sad that my father and grandfather never got to know him.

  5. Sarah Waldock says:

    Sad indeed – but how splendid that you have enough information that you and your family will know them all in some respects at least. Including the black sheep…. I have a family branch that falls into that category and most of the documentation about them comes from the assizes….

  6. Charles Bazalgette says:

    At least there is a record of them somewhere! Many less ‘interesting’ people disappear without trace. I have some Cornish ones so some of them were no doubt smugglers and wreckers!

  7. Dear Charles

    What an interesting blog! We would like to know if it is possible to use your photograph of Evelyn Bazalgette on our Victorian Lives micro site http://www.kingscollections.org/victorianlives/a-c/bazalgette-qc-evelyn.

    If you are in a position to help we would be pleased to receive an email from you.

    Best Wishes,

    Jess (King’s College London Archives)

    • chasbaz says:

      Hello Jess, I didn’t see an email for you but we could be happy for you to use the photo. Links to blogs etc appreciated! Charles

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