Prince Louis Lucien Bonaparte, philologist, was born at Thorngrove, a house in the parish of Grimley, Worcestershire. Bonaparte was the sixth child of Lucien Bonaparte, prince of Canino, who was the second surviving brother of the Emperor Napoléon I, and his second wife, Alexandrine Jouberthon. Louis Lucien Bonaparte was born in England by chance, due to his parents' arrest at sea while attempting to flee France.
After travelling extensively, Bonaparte settled in England around 1851. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in civil law by the University of Oxford in 1854, and in 1883 he received a civil list pension in recognition of his work on English dialects. On 3 November 1891 Bonaparte died from heart failure.