Dream of youth

Barton Bouchier, The Dream of Youth (1818). Nabu Press, 2011. Courtesy

Rev. Barton Bouchier (19 November 1795 - 20 December 1865) was an English poet and religious writer.[1]


Bouchier was the 5th child and 2nd son of Rev. Jonathan Boucher, the vicar of Epsom, Surrey, by his 3rd marriage. (Barton changed his name from Boucher to Bouchier after 1828).[1]

In 1816 he married Mary, daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Thornbury, rector of Avening, Gloucestershire.[1]

He was ordained a Deacon in 1819 and a priest in 1820, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, earning a B.A. in 1822 and an M.A. in 1827.[1]

Bouchier then became curate at Monmouth. A sermon preached by him at Usk in 1822 for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge was published by request. Bouchier held curacies later at Old, Northamptonshire, and (before 1834) at Cheam, Surrey, from which place he issued an edition of Bishop Andrewes's Prayers.[2]

In 1836 he published Prophecy and Fulfilment, a little book of corresponding texts; and in 1845 Thomas Bradley, a story of a poor parishioner, and the first of a series of similar pamphlets describing clerical experiences, collected and published in various editions as My Parish and The Country Pastor, from 1855 to 1860.[2]

In 1852 Bouchier commenced the publication of his Manna in the House, being expositions of the gospels and the Acts, lasting, with intervals, down to 1858; in 1854 he wrote The Ark in the House, family prayers for a month; and in 1855 he wrote his Manna in the Heart, being comments on the Psalms. In 1853 he wrote a 'Letter' to the prime minister (George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen) against opening the Crystal Palace on Sundays, following up this appeal in 1854 by The Poor Man's Palace, &c., a pamphlet addressed to the Crystal Palace directors. In 1856 he published Solace in Sickness, a collection of hymns, and in the same year was made rector of Fonthill Bishop, Wiltshire. He published his Farewell Sermon to his Cheam flock, having preached it on 28 Sept. In 1864 he published The History of Isaac.[2]

He died at the Fonthill Bishop rectory,[2] aged 70.





  • Cooper Gent, and other sketches: From 'The country parson's visits to his poor'. Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1859.


  • Lancelot Andrews, Prayers and Offices of Private Devotion. London: R.B. Seeley & W. Burnside, 1834; London: William Pickering, 1839.
  • Solace in Sickness and Sorrow; or, A collection of hymns for the afflicted. London: J.F. Shaw, 1856.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See alsoEdit


  • PD-icon.svg Humphreys, Jennett (1886) "Bouchier, Barton" in Stephen, Leslie Dictionary of National Biography 6 London: Smith, Elder, p. 4 . Web, May 1, 2016.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Brian Bouchard, Barton Boucher (later Bouchier), Epsom & Ewell History Explorer, 2009. Web, May 1, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Humphreys, 4.
  3. Search results = au:Barton Bouchier, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 1, 2016.

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