M.P. for Cirencester (1735-54). Solicitor- general (1746). Attorney-general (1747). Judge of common pleas (1754). Lord chancellor (1771-78); at the same time he was raised to the peerage as Baron Apsley. Apsley’s reputation for inefficiency made him the butt of popular jokes. Returned to cabinet as lord president of the council (1779-82).
Son of Allen, first Earl Bathurst, and his wife Catherine Apsley. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford (B.A. 1733) and Lincoln’s Inn. Married (1) Anne (James) Philips (1754), (2) Tryphena Scawen (1759); six children.