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Bridgewater, Earl of (E, 1617 - 1829)


Created: let. pat. 27 May 1617


Extinct: 11 Feb 1829


Family name: Egerton




See Duke of Bridgewater



John [Egerton], 2nd Viscount Brackley later 1st Earl of Bridgewater, PC

2nd but only surv. son and heir of Thomas [Egerton], 1st Viscount Brackley, Lord Chancellor of England, by his first wife Elizabeth Ravenscroft, dau. of Thomas Ravenscroft, of Bretton, co. Flint



c.1601 Lady Frances Stanley (b. May 1583;  d. 11 Mar 1635/6), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Ferdinando [Stanley], 5th Earl of Derby, by his wife Alice Spencer, dau. of Sir John Spencer, of Wormleighton and Althorp, co. Northampton


1. Hon James Egerton, styled Viscount Brackley (b. 21 Sep 1616;  bur. vp. 31 Dec 1620)

2. Hon Charles Egerton, styled Viscount Brackley (bur. vp. 19 Apr 1623)

3. Hon John Egerton, later 2nd Earl of Bridgewater

4. Hon Thomas Egerton (d. unm.)

1. Lady Frances Egerton (d. 24 Sep 1620; bur. at Blickling, co. Norfolk), mar. Feb 1621 as his second wife Sir John Hobart, 2nd Bt., of Blickling, co. Norfolk, and had issue

2. Lady Alice Egerton (bur. sp. 19 Jul 1689), mar. 17 Jul 1652 as his third wife Richard [Vaughan], 2nd Earl of Carbery

3. Lady Mary Egerton (d. 1659), mar. 19 Nov 1627 Richard [Herbert], 2nd Baron Herbert of Chirbury and 2nd Baron Herbert of Castle Island, and had issue

4. Lady Elizabeth Egerton (bur. 26 Mar 1686/7), mar. David [Cecil], 3rd Earl of Exeter, and had issue

5. Lady Arabella Egerton (d. 1669), mar. c. Mar 1628 Oliver [St John], 5th Baron St John of Bletso, 1st son and heir ap. of Oliver [St John], 1st Earl of Bolingbroke, and had issue

6. Lady Penelope Egerton (bur. 16 Jul 1658 at Luton Hoo, co. Bedford), mar. in or before 1633 as his second wife Sir Robert Napier, 2nd Bt., of Luton Hoo, co. Bedford, and had issue

7. Lady Catherine Egerton (d. c. 1659), mar. William Courteen, of London (d. 1655), and had issue

7. Lady Magdalen Egerton (d. 24 Sep 1664), mar. as his second wife Sir Gervase Cutler, of Stainborough, co. York (b. c. 1592; d. 1645), and had issue


4 Dec 1649


27 May 1617 Earl of Bridgewater, with remainder to the heirs male of his body thereafter begotten

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Callington 1597-98 and for Salop 1601;  knighted 1599;  Baron of the Exchequer of Chester 1599-1605;  Knight of the Bath 1603;  suc. his father 15 Mar 1616/7 as 2nd Viscount Brackley;  Privy Councillor 1626;  Lord President of Wales and Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and North and South Wales 1631-42


John [Egerton], 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, PC


Jun 1623


22 Jul 1641 Lady Elizabeth Cavendish (d. 14 Jun 1663), 2nd dau. of William [Cavendish], 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, by his first wife Elizabeth Bassett, dau. and cohrss. of William Bassett, of Blore, co. Stafford


1. Hon John Egerton, later 3rd Earl of Bridgewater

2. Hon Sir William Egerton KB, of Worsley, co. Lancaster (b. 15 Aug 1649; d. bef. 1692), mar. his second cousin once removed Hon Honora Leigh, sister of Thomas [Leigh], 2nd Baron Leigh, and 1st dau. of Hon Sir Thomas Leigh (by his second wife Hon Jane FitzMaurice, dau. of Patrick [FitzMaurice], 18th Baron of Kerry and Lixnaw), 1st son and heir ap. of Thomas [Leigh], 1st Baron Leigh, by his wife Mary Egerton, dau. and cohrss. of Sir Thomas Egerton (by his wife Elizabeth Venables, dau. of Thomas Venables, of Kinderton, co. Chester), 1st son and heir ap. of Thomas [Egerton], 1st Viscount Brackley, and had issue:

1a. John Egerton (dvp. an infant)

1a. Jane Egerton (d. unm.)

2a. Mary Egerton (d. unm.)

3a. Elizabeth Egerton (d. unm.)

4a. Honora Egerton (b. 11 Aug 1685), mar. Thomas Arden Bagot, of Pipe Hall, co. Stafford

3. Hon Thomas Egerton, of Tatton Park, co. Chester (b. 16 Mar 1651; d. 29 Oct 1685), mar. Hester Busby (d. 7 Oct 1724), dau. of Sir John Busby, of Addington, co. Buckingham, and had issue:

1a. John Egerton, of Tatton Park, co. Chester (b. 12 Feb 1679; d. 9 Jul 1720), mar. Elizabeth Barbour (bur. 10 Feb 1743), dau. of Samuel Barbour by his wife Elizabeth Hill, sister and hrss. of Samuel Hill, of Shenston Park, co. Stafford, and had issue:

1b. John Egerton, of Tatton Park, co. Chester (b. 14 Oct 1710; d. 4 Jan 1736), mar. Apr 1735 Christian Ward (d. 22 Dec 1777), dau. of John Ward, of Capesthorne, and had issue:

1c. Elizabeth Egerton

2c. Christiana Egerton

2b. Samuel Egerton, of Tatton Park, co. Chester, Member of Parliament for Chester (b. 28 Dec 1711; d. 10 Feb 1780), mar. Beatrix Copley (bur. 1 May 1755), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Rev John Copley, of Battley, co. York, Rector of Emley, co. York, and had issue:

1c. Beatrix Egerton (dsp. 1779), mar. 1778 Daniel Wilson, of Dalham Towers, co. Westmorland

3b. ..... Egerton

1b. ..... Egerton

2b. Hester Egerton, eventually sole hrss. of the Tatton Park estates (b. c. 1708 ; d. 9 Jul 1780), mar. May 1747 as his second wife William Tatton, of Wythenshawe Hall, co. Chester (b. 9 May 1749; d. 21 Apr 1806), 1st son and heir of William Tatton, of Wythenshawe Hall, co. Chester, by his wife Hannah Wright, dau. and hrss. of Peter Wright, of Macclesfield, co. Chester, and had issue:

1c. William Tatton later Egerton, of Tatton Park and Wythenshawe Hall, co. Chester, Member of Parliament for Chester (b. 9 May 1749; d. 21 Apr 1806), mar. (1) 27 Feb 1773 Frances Maria Fountayne (d. 9 Jan 1777), 1st dau. of Very Rev John Fountayne DD, Dean of York, and had issue:

1d. William Egerton, of Wythenshawe Hall, co. Chester, Member of Parliament for Beverley 1796-99 (b. 16 Jan 1774; dvp. 9 Feb 1799)

Mr William Egerton mar. (2) 26 Oct 1780 Mary Wilbraham-Bootle (d. 13 Nov 1784), 2nd dau. of Richard Wilbraham later Wilbraham-Bootle MP, of Rode Hall, co. Chester, by his wife Mary Bootle, dau. and sole hrss. of Robert Bootle, of Lathom House, co. Lancaster, and had further issue:

2d. Lt Col Wilbraham Egerton DL, of Tatton Park, co. Chester, Member of Parliament for Cheshire 1812-31 (b. 1 Sep 1781; d. 25 Apr 1856), mar. 11 Jan 1806 his first cousin Elizabeth Sykes (d. 28 Apr 1853), 2nd dau. of Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd Bt. MP, of Sledmere House, co. York, by his wife Elizabeth Tatton, only dau. of William Tatton of Wythenshawe, co. Chester, and had issue:

1e. William Tatton Egerton, later 1st Baron Egerton of Tatton

2e. Maj Wilbraham Egerton (b. 1808; dvp. 1848)

3e. Rev Thomas Egerton, Rector of Dunnington, co. Salop (b. 16 Nov 1809; d. 17 Sep 1847), mar. 13 Dec 1836 Charlotte Catherine Milner (d. 1894), 2nd dau. of Sir William Mordaunt Sturt Milner, 4th Bt., of Nun Appleton Hall, co. York, by his second wife Harriet Elizabeth Bentinck, 1st dau. of Lord Edward Charles Bentinck (by his wife Elizabeth Cumberland, 1st dau. of Richard Cumberland, the celebrated dramatist), 2nd son of William [Bentinck], 2nd Duke of Portland, and had issue

4e. George Egerton (b. 7 May 1813; dvp. 30 Aug 1814)

5e. Mark Egerton (b. 27 Jan 1815; dvp. 28 Dec 1831)

6e. Edward Christopher Egerton, Member of Parliament for Macclesfield 1852-68 and for East Cheshire 1868-69, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (b. 27 Jul 1816; d. 27 Aug 1869), mar. 21 Aug 1845 Lady Mary Pierrepont (d. 12 Jun 1905), 1st dau. of Charles Herbert [Pierrepont], 2nd Earl Manvers, by his wife Mary Laetitia Eyre, 1st dau. of Anthony Hardolph Eyre, of Grove, co. Nottingham, and had issue

7e. Capt Charles Randle Egerton RN (b. 12 May 1818; dsps. 8 Jan 1869), mar. 3 Dec 1850 Margaret Amy Frances Cust (d. 7 Jul 1898), 4th dau. of Gen Hon Sir Edward Cust, 1st Bt. KCH (by his wife Mary Anne Boode, only child of Lewis William Boode), 6th son of Brownlow [Cust], 1st Baron Brownlow, and had issue

1e. Charlotte Lucy Beatrix Egerton (dvp. young 1845)

3d. Thomas William Egerton later Tatton, of Wythenshawe Hall, co. Chester, High Sheriff of Cheshire 1809 (b. 29 Oct 1783; d. 2 Mar 1827), mar. 20 Oct 1807 Emma Grey (d. 28 Apr 1851), 2nd dau. of Hon John Grey (by his wife Susannah Leycester, dau. of Ralph Leycester, of Toft, co. Chester), 3rd son of Harry [Grey], 4th Earl of Stamford, and had issue

1d. Mary Elizabeth Egerton (dsp. 26 Oct 1846), mar. (1) 20 Aug 1814 as his second wife her cousin Sir Mark Sykes later Masterman-Sykes, 3rd Bt. MP (b. 20 Aug 1771; dsp. 16 Feb 1823), 1st son of Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd Bt. MP, of Sledmere House, co. York, by his wife Elizabeth Tatton, only dau. of William Tatton, of Wythenshawe, co. Chester, and (2) 16 Sep 1834 Dugdale Stratford Dugdale, of Merivale Hall (d. 5 Nov 1836)

Mr William Egerton mar. (3) Jun 1786 Anna Maria Armytage (dsp. 4 Sep 1799), 1st dau. of Sir George Armytage, 3rd Bt. MP, of Kirklees, co. York, by his wife Anna Maria Wentworth, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Godfrey Wentworth, of Woolley Park, co. York, and (4) 1 Nov 1803 Charlotte Clara Payler (dsp. 11 Aug 1804), dau. of Thomas Watkinson Payler, of co. Kent

1c. Elizabeth Tatton (d. 27 Jul 1803), mar. 23 May 1749 Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd Bt., of Sledmere House, co. York, Member of Parliament for Beverley 1784-90 (b. 23 May 1749; d. 17 Sep 1801), and had issue

2a. Thomas Egerton (b. 1680; d. unm.)

3a. Rev William Egerton LLD, Rector of Settrington, co. York, later of Penshurst, co. Kent, and All Hallows, Lombard Street, Chancellor and Prebendary of Hereford Cathedral, Chaplain to King George I and king George II (b. 6 Jul 1682; dspms. 26 Feb 1737), mar. Anne Head (d. 5 Mar 1778), dau. of Sir Francis Head, 2nd Bt., of Hermitage, near Rochester, co. Kent, by his wife Margaret Smithsby, 1st dau. and cohrss. of James Smithsby, and had issue:

1b. John Egerton (dsp. 1740)

1b. ..... Egerton

2b. ..... Egerton

3b. ..... Egerton

4a. Mainwaring Egerton (b. 1683; d. 1686)

1a. Elizabeth Egerton (b. 15 Jan 1679; d. 15 Mar 1720), mar. 15 Sep 1698 Rev Peter Leigh, of High Legh, co. Chester, Rector of Lymm and Vicar of Great Budworth, co. Chester (b. c. 1663; d. 15 Mar 1719), 2nd son of Thomas Leigh, of High Legh, co. Chester, by his wife Mary Austin, dau. of William Austin, of Westminster, and had issue

4. Hon ..... Egerton

5. Hon ..... Egerton

6. Hon Charles Egerton (b. 1664; d. 1717), mar. Elizabeth Murray, and had issue:

1a. Charles Egerton

1. Lady Elizabeth Egerton (b. 24 Aug 1653; d. 1709), mar. 1672 Robert [Sydney], 4th Earl of Leicester, and had issue

2. Lady ..... Egerton

3. Lady ..... Egerton


26 Oct 1686

suc. by



Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire 1660-86, of Cheshire and Lancashire 1670-76, and of Hertfordshire 1681-86;  High Steward of the University of Oxford 1663-86;  Privy Councillor 1666/7


John [Egerton], 3rd Earl of Bridgewater


9 Nov 1646

mar. (1)

17 Nov 1664 Lady Elizabeth Cranfield (d. 3 Mar 1669/70), only dau. and hrss. of James [Cranfield], 2nd Earl of Middlesex, by his wife Lady Anne Bourchier, 3rd dau. and cohrss. of Edward [Bourchier], 4th Earl of Bath

child by first wife

1. Hon John Egerton (b. 11 Jan 1668;  dvp. 31 Mar 1670)

mar. (2)

2 Apr 1673 Lady Jane Paulet (d. 23 May 1716), 1st dau. of Charles [Paulet], 1st Duke of Bolton, by his second wife Mary Carey, widow of Hon Henry Carey, styled Lord Leppington, and 1st illegitimate dau. and cohrss. of Emmanuel [Scrope], 1st Earl of Sunderland

children by second wife

2. Hon Charles Egerton, styled Viscount Brackley (b. 7 May 1675;  dvp. 11 Apr 1687)

3. Hon Thomas Egerton (b. 15 Aug 1679;  dvp. 11 Apr 1687)

4. Hon Scroop Egerton, later 4th Earl of Bridgewater later 1st Duke of Bridgewater

5. Hon William Egerton MP (b. 5 Nov 1684), mar. Anna-Maria Saunders, dau. of Sir George Saunders, a Commissioner of the Navy, and had issue:

1a. Jane Egerton, mar. Thomas Revel, of Fetcham, co. Surrey, Member of Parliament for Dover, and had issue

2a. Henrietta Egerton

3a. Anne Egerton, mar. Dr Thomas Russell DD, of Hereford

6. Rt Rev Hon Henry Egerton DD, Bishop of Hereford (d. 1 Apr 1746), mar. 18 Dec 1720 Lady Elizabeth Adriana Bentinck (d. 1765), 2nd dau. of William [Bentinck], 1st Earl of Portland, by his second wife Jane Martha Berkeley, widow of John [Berkeley], 3rd Baron Berkeley of Stratton, and 6th dau. of Sir John Temple, of East Sheen, co. Surrey, and had issue:

1a. Rt Rev John Egerton DD, Bishop of Durham (b. 30 Nov 1721;  d. 18 Jun 1787), mar. (1) 21 Nov 1748 his cousin Lady Anne Sophia Grey (d. 24 Mar 1780), only dau. and cohrss. of Henry [Grey], 1st Duke of Kent, by his second wife Lady Sophia Bentinck, 1st dau. by his second wife of William [Bentinck], 1st Earl of Portland, and (2) 31 Mar 1782 Mary Boughton, sister of Sir Edward Boughton, and had issue by his first wife:

1b. John William Egerton, later 7th Earl of Bridgewater

2b. Rev Hon Francis Henry Egerton, granted the style and precedence of the younfer son of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1808, later 8th Earl of Bridgewater

1b. Lady Amelia Egerton, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1808, mar. Sir Abraham Hume, 2nd Bt., of Wormleybury, co. Hertford, and had issue

2a. Lt Col William Egerton MP (d. 26 Mar 1783), mar. Mary Kirke, dau. of Robert Kirke, and had issue:

1b. Ariana Margaret Egerton

2b. Elizabeth Egerton, mar. 19 Feb 1783 Charles Benjamin Saladin, of Crans, Geneva, Switzerland, and had issue

3b. Isabella Frances Egerton, mar. Richard Master MP, Governor of Tobago, and had issue

3a. Rev Henry Egerton DD, Prebendary of Durham (dsp.)

4a. Lt Col Charles Egerton (d. 13 May 1793)

5a. Francis Egerton (dsp.)

1a. Anne Egerton (d. unm.)

7. Hon John Egerton, a page to the Duke of Gloucester (d. unm.)

8. Hon Charles Egerton MP (d. 7 Nov 1725), mar. Catherine (d. Jul 1735), sister of William [Greville], 7th Baron Brooke, and dau. of Hon Francis Greville (by his wife Lady Anne Baynton, widow of Henry Baynton MP, sister and cohrss. of Charles [Wilmot], 3rd Earl of Rochester, and 1st dau. of John [Wilmot], 2nd Earl of Rochester), 1st son and heir ap. of Fulke [Greville], 5th Baron Brooke, and had issue:

1a. Scroop Egerton (d. 23 Apr 1767), mar. Sarah Pope, and had issue:

1b. Scroop Egerton (d. young)

2b. Lt Dodington Egerton (dsp. 12 Sep 1773)

1b. Elizabeth Egerton, mar. ..... Hayter, of Salisbury, co. Wiltshire, and had issue

2a. Dodington Egerton, a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber (dsp.)

1. Lady Mary Egerton (b. 14 May 1676; dsp. 11 Apr 1703), mar. Feb 1702/3 as his first wife William [Byron], 4th Baron Byron

2. Lady Elizabeth Egerton (d. 18 Feb 1735/6), mar. 6 May 1718 Hon Thomas Catesby Paget, styled Lord Catesby (b. 1689; dvp. 4 Feb 1741/2), 1st surv. son and heir ap. by his first wife of Henry [Paget], 1st Earl of Uxbridge, and had issue


19 Mar 1700/1

suc. by



Knight of the Bath 1661;  Member of Parliament (Whig) for Buckinghamshire 1685-86:  Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire 1686-87 and 1689-1700/1;  Privy Councillor 1691;  First Lord of Trade 1695-99;  Speaker of the House of Lords 1697 and 1700;  a Lord Justice of the Realm 1699 and 1700;  First Lord of the Admiralty 1699-1700/1


Scroop [Egerton], 4th Earl of Bridgewater later 1st Duke of Bridgewater


18 Jun 1720 Marquess of Brackley and Duke of Bridgewater


The Earldom of Bridgewater was held by the Dukes of Bridgewater from 18 Jun 1720 until 8 Mar 1803, when on the death of Francis [Egerton], 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, 6th Earl of Bridgewater, etc. the Marquessate of Brackley and the Dukedom of Bridgewater became extinct and the Earldom of Bridgewater passed to his cousin,


John William [Egerton], 7th Earl of Bridgewater


14 Apr 1753


14 Jan 1783 Charlotte Catherine Anne Haynes (b. 20 Nov 1763;  dsp. 11 Feb 1849), only dau. and hrss. of Samuel Haynes, by his wife Elizabeth .....


s.p. 21 Oct 1823

suc. by



entered the Army 1771, Capt 1776, Maj 1779, Lt Col, 7th Light Dragoons 1790, Col 1793, Maj Gen 1795, Col of the 14th Light Dragoons 1797-1823, Lt Gen 1802 and Gen 1812;  Member of Parliament (Tory) for Morpeth 1777-80 and for Brackley 1780-1803; he left his estates in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Co Durham, Flintshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire and Yorkshire to his great nephew, Hon John Cust, styled Viscount Alford, provided the latter had managed to get made Duke or Marquess of Bridgewater, of was next heir to such titles (for example, by his father or great-uncle having managed to get promoted in the peerage to such ranks, with in the case of his great-uncle suitable remainder to Viscount Alford); if these provisions were not met (which they were not) the estates were to go to the next heir; but these provisions were judged illegal and Viscount Alford's son the 2nd Earl Brownlow succeeded to the estates in 1851, though not until after lengthy, complex and divisive litigation.


Francis Henry [Egerton], 8th Earl of Bridgewater


11 Nov 1756


11 Feb 1829


Prebendary of Durham 1780;  Rector of Middle, co. Salop, 1781 and of Whitchurch, co. Salop 1797; granted the style and pfrecedence of the younger son of an Earl 1808


On the death of the 8th Earl of Bridgewater the Barony of Ellesmere, the Viscountcy of Brackley and the Earldom of Bridgewater all became extinct.


 Last updated 27 Nov 2007



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