The flamboyant Earl Bishop at Downhill
Frederick inherited the title of Earl of Bristol in 1779, after his brothers died. But there's much more to Frederick then his titles. Frederick Augustus Hervey was born in 1730 as the third son of John Hervey, heir to the 1st Earl of Bristol. It was unlikely he would ever inherit the title, so he chose a career in the Church. It appears that he wasnt the usual churchman.
The lady’s man
What society said about the Earl-Bishop
- 'That abominable wicked old fello'
- 'A most excellent companion, pleasant, intelligent, well read'
- 'A shallow stream, rapid noisy, diverting but useless'
- King George referred to him as 'that wicked prelate'
- His own daughter called him a cruel man