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Cullen, Esq. a captain in the army;) James, who succeeded at Danes-Fort ;
daughter Elizabeth, died in November 1744, unmarried; Mary, married to
George Hartpole, of Shrulein Queen's County, Esq ; Jane, June 30th, 1748,
to Benjamin Stratford, Esq. counsellor at Law ; Sarah, in 1744* to George
Mansergh, Esq. then an ensign of foot, v/ho died in 1747, and she died in
1748; Hannah, in 1748, to Isaac Drury, of Dublin, Esq.; Alice; and Harriot
who, June 6th, 1752, married James Staunton, of Galway, Esq- counsellor at
law. James Wemys, Esq third son of Patrick and at length his heir, was a
lieuteiiant in the army, served in parliament for the borough of Callan in 1742,
married Jane, daughter of Euseby Stratford, of Queen's county, Esq. elder
brother to John, created Earl of Aldborough, and deceased in 1765, having
issue by her one son and two daughters. (Prerog. OfEc Collections^ and
(.odge Edit. i7$4, 111.307, n)


and was raised to the Irish peerage by the title of Lord Callan,
June 6th, 1790.

Daughter Ellis, created Countess of Brandon, 1758, and died
without issue 1789 J and

Mary, married in 17-^2 to James Smyth, Esq. younger son of
Edward, lord bishop of Down ; elected to parliament for the town
of Antrim j and after collector of the port of Dublin, by whom
she had issue Sir Skcffington Smith, Bart. &c.

Henry Agar, Esq. who succeeded at Gowran, served in par-
liament in 1731 for the borough of Gowran j May 29th, 1733,
married Anne, only daughter of Doctor JVelbore Ellis, Bishop of
Meath, and died at Gowran November 18th, 1746, having issue
by her, who was born August 26lh, 1707j re-married with George
Dunbar, Esq. and died April 14th, 1761, a daughter Diana and
two sons, viz.

First, James, advanced to the peeragt.

Second, Charles, who received a liberal education in the Uni-
versity of Oxford, entered into holy orders, and was appointed
chaplain to Hugh, late Duke of Northumberland, whilst L. L. of
Ireland 3 whence he was promoted to the deanery of Kilmore ;
consecrated Bishop of Cloy ne March 20th, 1778, and thence tran-
slated in 1779 *o the Archiepiscopal see of Casket, and hence tran-
slated to Dublin in 1801. He was also sworn of his Majesty's
most honourable privy-council. His Grace was created Baron of
Somerton June 12th, 179-5; Viscount 5o/ner/on December 21st,
1800 5 and Earl of Norman ton in February, 1806, and died
1810. He married a daughter of William Benson, Esq. and
hath issue, first, Henry Welb ore, second Earl of Norm an to?i,
born Nov 12th, 177S; second, George-Charles, born August 1st,
178O, a lieutenant in the third foot-guards ; third, James, boin
July 10th, 178], in holy orders; fourth, Henry-William, born
July 5th, 1784, died an infant ; fifth, Frances-Anne, married,
Dec. 14th, 179S, the late Thomas Ralph, Viscount Hawarden..

James, the j^r*^ Viscount Clifden, was elected to parliament
in 1761 for Kilkenny, and for which county he continued to
serve till 1776.

He was appointed a commissioner of the revenue in 1770,
which place he resigned, and by privy-seal at St. James's June
19th, 1776, and patent*^ at Dublin July 27ih following, was ad-
vanced to the peerage of Ireland, and by the title oi Baron of


c Rot. Ao. j6Geo III j.p.f. R. 24


Clifden in the county of Kilkenny ; he had his introduction to
the house of peers October I4tl), 1777- '^

In 178O he was created Viscount ClifJen, with limitations to
his issue male, for which honour the privy-seal bears date at St.
James's December 18th that year, and the patent^ at Dublin Ja-
nuary 12th, 178I : his Lordship sat by this title in the house of
lords October gih, 178I, ^ was sworn of the privy-council, and
July 19th, 1784, was appointed joint postmaster-general of L'e-
land, with the Right Hon. William Brabazon Ponsonby.

His Lordship married, M.irch 20, 176O, Lucia, eldest daughter
of John Martin, Esq. and widow of the Hon. Henry-Boyle Wal- '
singham, second son of Henry Earl of Shannon, and had issue by
her (who died July 26th, 1802),

First, Henry-Welbore, the second Viscount.
Second, John-Ellis, born December 31st, ) 763, in holy orders ;
married, March llth, 1792, Harriet Flower, second daughter of
William Viscount A-jhbrook, and died January 3d, 1797.

Third, Charles-Bagnall, born August 13tb, 1765, barrister at
law ; married, November 15th, 1804, Miss Hunt, of Lanydrick
in Cornwall, and has issue a son born December 18th, 1805 , and
another son born in January, 1808.

Fourth, Emily- Anne, born December 5th, 1765.
His Lordship dying January 1st, 1 789, set, fifty-five, was suc-
ceeded by his eldest son,

Henry-Welbore, second Viscount Clifden, and now second
Lord Mendip, in which last Barony he succeeded his great uncie,
Welbore Lord Mendip, on February 2d, 1802, on whose death
he also assumed the name of Ellis.

His Lordship was born January 22d, 1761 ; and married,
March 10th, lygi, Lady Caroline Spencer, eldest daughter of
George Duke of Marlborough ; and has issue
A daughter born October 2()th, 1794; and
A son, born July 14th, 1797.

Titles. Henry Welbore Ellis, Lord Mendip, of Mendip in
Somersetshire 3 Baron and Viscount Clifden of the county of Kil-

Creations. Baron Mendip by patent August 13th, 17Q4 ;
Baron of Clifden in the county of Kilkenny July 27th, 1776 ; and
Viscount of the same January 12th, I78I.

d Lords Jour. V. 6. e Rot. Ac 21 Geo. III. 2, p. f. R. 5.

f Lords Jour. V 227.


Arms. Or, on a cross sable, five crescents.
Crest. See the wood-cut.

Supporters. Two Greyhounds; thedextei semcof crescenti;
the sinister seme of crosslets crusely.


Chief Seat, Gowran, Ireland.



This family are descended from John Bridgeman, of Deau
Magna in Gloucestershire, Esq, who married Johanna, daughter
of William Clarke, of Dean Magna, by whom he had issue,

William Bridgeman, of Dean Magna, Esq. who, by Mary,
daughter of Richard Bryan, of Dean Parva, had a numerous

Whereof Edward, a younger son, was seated in Devonshire.

" John, his son, was born," says Prince, in his IVbrthies of
Devon, " in the city of Exeter, not far from the palace gate
there. His father was Edward Bridgeman, some time high-
sheriff of that city and county for the year 15/8.

" Having very good natural parts, and being observed to be
well disposed towards books and learning, he was carefully kept
at school, until he was thought fit to be transplanted thence to the
university, which was done accordingly ; and he became a mem-
ber of Magdalen-college in Cambridge ; after that, a fellow, and
lastly, the master thereof.

" Having commenced master of arts at Cambridge, he was a*d-
mitted, adeundem, at Oxford, July 4th, 16OO. After this, he
proceeded doctor of divinity, which is the highest degree a scholar
can receive, or the university bestow.

" Being now of noted learning, a pious life, and courteous de-
portment, he was admitted by King James I. into the number
of his domestic chaplains, and became rector of Wigan in Lanca-
shire, in 1 61 5.


" Afterwards he was, by the same King, preferred to the
BiSHopRicK OF Chester, raised by King Henry VIII. out of the
ruins of the abbies and monasteries here in England. He was
consecrated at the same time at Lambeth, with Doctor Howson,
Bishop of Oxford, and Doctor Searchfield, Bishop of Bristol, viz.
on the gth of May, 1619. "Which see being of no great yearly
value, he was made, anno l62\, rector of Bangor also, which he
held in commendam.

" For many ye<irs did this learned and pious divine continue
the faithful and watchful bishop of this church. In that memo-
rable year, l64l, when the unchristian rabble were encouraged,
by no mean pretenders to Christianity, to bawl down protestant
bishops, as they came in their barges to the parliament house at
Westminster, this reverend prelate was then living ; however,
whether detained at home by age, or hindered by some other oc-
casion, he was not present in the house, to join in the protesta-
tion made by his right reverend brethren, against the proceedings
of that parliament. Hence he happily escaped that long and
tedious imprisonment, unto which most of them, notwithstanding
their great years, and their greater piety and learning, who sub-
scribed it, were confined for eighteen weeks together.

" Such was this prelate's merit, that there is this honourable
character of him transmitted to posterity, that he was as ingenious
as brave ; and a great patron of those gifts in others, he was the
happy owner of in himself. He was thirty years Bishop of Chester ^
and every year maintained, more or less, hopeful young men in
the university, and preferred good proficients out of it : by the
same token, some, in those times, turned him out of his livings,
whom he had raised into theirs. He was a good benefactor unto
Chester, but a better, under God, to England, in his son, the late
honourable Sir Orlando Bridgeman, some time lord chief justice
of the Common Pleas ; after that, master of the rolls j then
lord keeper of the great seal of England, under King Charles II.
who was a sufferer in his Majesty's cause, and a great honour to
it. His moderation and equity being such, in dispensing the
King's laws, that he seemed to carry a chancery in his breast in
the Common Pleas 3 endearing, as well as opening the law to the

" This learned and holy prelate, Bishop Bridgeman, lived to
enjoy the blessings of a good old age ; for after the continuance
of about thirty years (as was said before) bishop of the church of


Chester, he fell asleep in the Lord, at his palace at Chester afore-
said, near the year 1649, He lieth interred in his own church

" This holy prelate was famous in himself, but more famous
in his son. Sir Orlando Bridgeman before-mentioned ; a gentle-
man of great piety, as well as honour and integrity; and was the
tirst Englishman King Charles 11. advanced to the degree of a
Baronet after his happy restoration."

During the time of the usurpation, the bishop fled to his son's
seat at Moreton in Shropshire, his estate being sequestred some
years before his death. Mr. Brown Willis, in his Survey -of Ca^
thedrals, gives this account of him :

*' John Bridgeman, S, T. F. rector of Wigan and Bangor in
the diocese of Chester, prebendary of Litchfield and Peterborouoh,
became elected Bishop of Chester, March 15, 16IS." In Prince's
Worthies of Devonshire, is some account of his life, (which is
before related) he being born at Exeter : though that author, and
other writers, are all mistaken as to his death, anno iG-iS or 10'49,
and buried at Chester; whereas he did not die till 1(552, as A.
Wood tells us ; or rather, as I have lately been informed, till l65y
or 1658, when, departing this life at his son's house at Moreton,
near Oswestre in Shropshire, he was buried at Kinnersley church,
near Moreton aforesaid.

The bishop married Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. Helyar, canon
of ExFter, and archdeacon of Barnstable, (of the ancient family
of the Helyars of Somersetshire) and had issue five sons.

Fivst, Sir Orlando, hereafter mentioned.

Second, Dove, a prebendary of the cathedral church of Chester,

who married the daughter of Bennet, of Cheshire, (she

surviving him, afterwards married Dr. John Hacket, bishop of
Litchfield) and had issue only one son, Charles Bridgeman,
archdeacon of Richmond in Yorkshire, who died unmarried,

Third, Henry Bridgeman, dean of Chester, being so made,
1660 : he was also parson of Bangor in Flintshire, and of Barrow
in Cheshire, and made Bishop of the Isle of Man, 1671. He
married two wives, first, Catherine, daughter of Robert Lever, of
Lancashire, Gent, by whom he had a daughter, Elizabeth, mar-
ried to Thomas Greenhalgh, of Brundlesham in Lancashire, Esq.;
his second wife I do not find : he died May, ]GS2.

Fourth, Sir James Bridgeman, Knight^ who married Anne,



daughter of Allen, of Cheshire, Gent, by whom he hatt

James, who died unmarried ; Frances, wife of William, Lord
Howardj of Escrickj Magdalen, wife of William Wynde, Esq.;
and Anne, unmarried, 1082.

Fifth, Richard Bridgeman, a merchant in Amsterdam in Hol-
land, who married Catherine, daughter of Mr. Watson, an English
merchant there, by whom he had issue a daughter, Elizabeth,
married to John Dove, Esq. surveyor of the customs ; and one
son, William Bridgeman, of Westminster, Esq. some time secre-
tary of the admiralty, and one of the clerks of the privy-council,
who married Diana, daughter of Mr. Vernatti, an Italian gentle-
man, and had issue, Orlando Bridgeman, Esq ; and Catherine,
wife of Orlando Bridgeman, Esq. fourth son of Sir John, here-
after mentioned.

Sir Orl.\ndo Bridgeman, Jirst Baronet, eldest son of the
Bishop, was, for his great proficiency in ihe law, made attorney
of the court of wards, temp. Car. I. also attorney to the Prince of
Wales, (afterwards King Charles II.),- and being greatly confided in
by the royal martyr, was one of the commissioners deputed by him
to treat with those of the parliament at Uxbridge; and as long as
the city of Chester held out for the King, he encouraged and sup-
ported the loyalists with several sums of money ; and gave several
sums to purchase tithes where churches were not, as he thought,
sufficiently endowed; and large sums to other charitable uses,
and redeeming poor captives from slavery. Upon the restoration
of King Charles II. as a farther reward for his merit, he was made
lord chief baron of the Exchequer; then lord chief justice of the
Common Pleas ; and lastly. Lord Keeper of the Great Seal
of England, and created a Baronet.

Lord Clarendon speaks well of him during the civil wars.
" The city of Chester," says he, " was firm to the King, by the
virtue of the inhabitants, and interest of the bishop, and cathedral
men ; but especially by the reputation and dexterity of Mr. O.
Bridgeman, son to the bishop, and a lawyer of very good estima-
tion ; who not only informed them of their duty, and encouraged
them in it, but upon his credit and estate, both which were very
good, supplied them with whatsoever was necessary for their de-
fence; so that they were not put to be honest and expensive
together." But this praise is qualifieJ by the following passage i
" The King confessed he was surprised with the carriage of some
persons in the treaty of Uxbridge, from whom he had expected


another kind of behaviour, in matters of the church ; and named
Sir Orlando Bridgeman, upon whom, he said, he had always
looked, being the son of a bishop, as so tirm, that he could not be
shaken ; and, therefore, he was the more amazed to hear what
condescensions he had been willing to have made, in what con-
cerned religion ; and pressed the chancellor to answer some
questions he asked him about that transaction ; to the particulars
whereof he excused himself from answering, by the protestation
they had all taken before the treaty, with his Majesty's approba-
tion : though, indeed, himself had been very much surprised with
the first discovery of that temper, in that gentleman, which he
had never before suspected : and ever after said, that ' he was a
man of excellent parts, and honestly inclined, and would choose
much rather to do well than ill 3 but if it were not safe for him to
be steady in those resolutions, he was so much given to find out
expedients to satisfy unreasonable men, that he would at last be
drawn to yield to any thing, he should be powerfully pressed to
do."'' In 16(57, "the seals were given to Sir Orlando Bridge-
man, lord chief justice of the Common Pleas, then in great es-
teem, which he did not maintain long after his advancement.
His study and practice lay so entirely in the common law, that
he never seemed to apprehend what equity was : nor had he a
head made for business, or for such a court. He was a man of
great integrity, and very serious impressions of religion on his
mind. He had been always on the side of the church : yet he
had great tenderness for the nonconformists." In 16/2, " lord
keeper Bridgeman had lobt all credit at court : so they were seek-
ing an occasion to be rid of him, who had, indeed, lost all the re-
putation he had formerly acquired, by his being advanced to a
post of which he was not capable. He refused to put the seal to
the declaration for toleration, as judging it contrary to law. So
he was dismissed, and the Earl of Shaftsbury was made lord

He married, first, Judith, daughter and heir of John Kynaston,
of Morton in Shropshire, Esq. (she died at Oxford, in the usur-
pation, and was buried iu the university church.) By her he left
issue only one son.

Sir John, his successor-
He married to his second wife, Dorotiiy, daughter of Dr.

3 Clarendon's Life.


Sannders, provost of Oriel college in Oxford, (relict of George
Cradjck, of Carswell castle in Staffordshire, Esq.) by whom he
had issue, two sons and one daughter.

Second, Sir Orlando Bridgeman, who being possessed of Ridley
in Cheshire, by purchase from the Egertons of that place, (a
knightly branch of the Egertons, of Egerton) was created a Ba-
ronet 25 Car. II. which title is now extinct.

Third, Sir Francis Bridgeman, knighted by King Charles II.
November 15th, [6/3; who married Susanna, daughter and heir
of Sir Richard Barker, of London, Knight, M. D. and died

Fourth, Charlotte, married to Sir Thomas Myddleton, of
Chirk castle in Denbighshire, Bart, by whom he left issue, only
one daughter and heir, Charlotte, married to Edward, Earl of
Warwick and Holland j and afterwards to the celebrated Joseph

Sir Orlando died, June 25th, 16/4, aged sixty-six, at Tcd-
dington in Middlesex, and there lies buried-.

Sir John Bridgeman, second Baronet, the only son by the
first venter, succeeded his father. He married Mary, daugiiter
and coheir of George Cradock, of Carswell castle in Stafford-bhire,
Esq. above-mentioned, by whom he had issue, five sons and seven

First, Orlando, the eldest j and Thomas, the youngest, both
died very young.

Second, Sir John, his successor.
Third, George, who died unmarried ; and.
Fourth, Orlando, who married Catherine, daughter of Wil-
liam Bridgeman, of Comb in Suffolk, Esq. and died without

The daughters were, first, Mary, married to Robert Lloyd, of
Aston in Shropshire, Esq. ; second, Judith, married to Richard
Corbet, of Morton-Corbet in Shropshire, Esq. ; third, Elizabeth^
married toSov^dly Eyton, of Eyton, on the Wildmores, in Shrop-
shire, Esq. ; fourth, Dorothy, married to Lisle Hacket, of Mox,-
hull in Warwickshire, Esq. ; fifth, Charlotte j sixth, Bridget j and
seventh, Penelope.

He died at Castle-Bromwich, August 24th, J 7 10, oet. eighty,
- and was buried at Aston in Warwickshire.

Sir John Bridgeman, third Baronet, his second, but eldest
surviving son, married Ursula, daughter and sole heir of Roger



Matt'.iews, of Blodwell in Shropshire, Esq. by whom he had
hii\e, five sons and two daughters.

First, Sir Orlando, his successor.

Second, John, who died in his infancy.

Third, Roger; fourth, John; fifth, George, who died young.

The daughters were Ursula, married to Hugh Williams, Esq.
and Judith.

Sir John died July 23d, 1747.

Sir Orlando Bridgeman, fourth Earonet, his eldest son and
heir, succeeded him, and married Anne, daughter of Richard
Newport, Earl of Braaford.

By this Lady, who died August ipth, 1752, he had issue.

First, John, who died young.

Second, Sir Henry, his successor.

Third, George, who died at Lisbon in December, 1767> un-

Fourth, Mary, who died in her infancy ; and,

Fifth, Diana, married John Sawbridge, Esq. of Ollantigh in
Kent, and died without issue, January 21>.t, 1764.

He was chosen representative for the town of Shrewsbury,
and dying July 25th, 1/64, was succeeded by his eldest surviving

Sir Henry Bridgeman, fifth Baronet, first Lord Brad-
ford, born September 7th, 1725, who having sat many years in
the parliament for Wenlock in Shropshire, was advanced to the
British peerage on August 13th, 1794, by the title of Lord
Bradford, of Bradford in Shropshire.

His Lordship married, July 12th, 1755, Elizabeth, daughter
and heiress of John Simpson, Esq. and by her (who died March
6tb, 1806) had issue.

First, Henry-Simpson, born April 12th, 1757. who died
July 26lh, 1752 ] noember of parliament for Wigan, com. Lan.

Second, Orlando, born January 24th, 1759, who died an

Third, Orlando, ihe present Lord.

Fourth, John, born May 13th, 1763, who, in 1785, took the
name and arms of Simpson, by act of parliament ; married, first,
June 3d, 17S4, Henrietta-Frances, only daughter of Sir Thomas
Worseley, Bart, by whom (who died August 2d, 179I) he had
issue, first, Henry, bora March 24th, 1785, who died June /th.


1794 } second, Henrietta-Elizabeth Charlotte, who died an in-
fant, in July, 17865 third, Henrietta-Anne-Maria-Charlotte, burn
April 178B, niece and heir to the late Sir Richard Worsley, Bart,
married, August 11th, I8O6, the Honourable Charles -Anderson
Pelham, eldest son of Lord Yarborough. He maiTied, secondly,
November 27th, 1793, Grace, daughter of Samuel Estwicke,
Esq. He was elected member of parliament for Wenlock, 1/94^
1796, 1802, 1806, I8O7.

Fifth, George, in holy orders, recto'r of Wigan in Lancashire,
born August 11th, 1/65 j married, July 28th, 1/92, Lucy-Isa-
bella Boyle, daughter of Edmund, seventh Earl of Corke and
Orrery (who died September 5th, 1801), by whom he has issue,
first, Elizabeth Isabella, born April J 7th, 179^; second, Anne-
Charlotte, born June 3d, I794.

Sixth, Charlotte, born January 28th, 1761 ; married. May
15th, 1784, to Henry-Creswola Lewis, Esq. of Malvern-Hall, in
Warwickshire, and died July 6th, 1802.

Seventh, Anne, born November 29th, 1757, and died De-
cember following.

Eighth, Elizabeth-Diana, born June 5tb, 1764; married, Fe-
bruary lOlh, 1794, to George-William Gunning, Esq. only son
of Sir Robert Gunning, Bart. Knight of the Bath; has issue a
daughter, born May 12th, 1799j ^nd a son, born September,

John and Orlando, both died infants.

His Lordship died in 1800, and was succeeded by his son, the
present and second Peer,

Or:.ando Bridgeman, second Lord Bradford, and a
Baronet: born March 19th, 1762. Married, May 29th, 1788,
Lucy-Elizabeth Byng, daughter of George, Viscount Torrington,
by whom he has issue,

First, George-Augustus-Frederick-Henry, born October 23dj

Second, Charles-Orlando.

Third, Lucy-Elizabeth ; and.

Fourth, Orlando-Henry, died infants.

Fifth, Henry-Edmund, born September, 1797'

Sixth, a daughter, born September 14th, \799-
His Lordship, while a commoner, sat in parliament for Wigan
in Lancashire, 1784, 179O, 1796,

Titles. Orlando Bridgeman, Lord Bradford; and a Baronet.


Creations. Lord Bradford by patent, August 13th, l/Q-i;
and Baronet 166O.

Arms. Sable, ten plates, 4, 3, 2, 1, and on a chief, argent, a
lion passant, ermines.

Crest. On a wreath, a lion issuant, argent, holding a garland
of laurels between his paws, or.

Supporters. Two leopards reguardant.


Chief Seat, Weston-Park, Staffordshire.




Edmund Peache'v, of Eartham in Sussex, said to be descended
from the ancient family of Peche of Kingstborpe in Leicestershire,
and Sheron-Hall in Derbyshire, was father of

Edward Peachey, who died in 165/, having been twice mar-
ried, and left by Anne Beechee, his second wife, two daughters,
Anne and Sarah ; and three sons ;

First, Edward, eldest son, died 1 6/8, leaving two sons, and
two daughters.

Second, William, ofwhompreseiitly.

Third, John, was twice married, and died May 25th, iQQ'i,
leaving an only daughter Elizabeth, married to Sir Richard Farv
ingdon, Knt.

William, second son, of New-Grove in the parish of Pet-
worth in Sussex, had a confirmation of his armorial bearings
granted by Sir Edward Bysshe in l663, as a branch of "the Peclies
of Leicestershire, and died in October l685, having married Mary,
daughter and coheir of Hall, Esq. of New-Grove in Pet-
worth, by whom he had eight sons.

First, Sir Henry, of whom presently .

Second, Edward, died unmarried.

Third, William, an officer in the foot-guards, was slain at the
battle of Almanza in Spain.

Fourth, Sir John, ofivhom hereafter.

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