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Bridport, Baron (I, 1794)


Creation: let. pat. 14 Nov 1794


Family name: Hood




Azure a Fret Argent on a Chief Or three Crescents Sable


A Cornish Chough proper resting the dexter claw on the fluke of an Anchor placed in bend sinister Or


Dexter:  A Merman in his exterior hand a Trident proper;  Sinister:  A Mermaid in her exterior hand a Mirror proper


Ventis Secundis (With favourable winds)



Alexander Hood, of Mosterton, co. Dorset, mar. Elizabeth Beach, dau. of Rev ..... Beach, and had issue:

1. Alexander Hood, of Mosterton, co. Dorset, mar., and had issue:

1a. Arthur Hood, of Mosterton, co. Dorset

2a. Samuel Hood, of Kingsland, co. Dorset, mar. Anne Bere (d. 1775), dau. of James Bere, of Westbury, co. Wiltshire, and had issue:

1b. Arthur Hood, lost in a hurricane in the West Indies

2b. Capt Alexander Hood RN (b. 23 Apr 1758; killed in action aboard HMS Mars 21 Apr 1796), mar. 11 Jul 1792 Elizabeth Periam, dau. and hrss. of John Periam, of Butleigh Wootton and of the Middle Temple, and had issue:

1c. Sir Alexander Hood, 2nd Bt.

1c. Elizabeth Periam Hood, mar. 7 Dec 1837 Rev Francis Lunn, Vicar of Butleigh, co. Somerset

3b. Sir Samuel Hood, 1st Bt.

2. Rev Arthur Hood, Rector of Dowlish Wake, co. Somerset

3. Rev Samuel Hood, Prebendary of Wells, Vicar of Butleigh, co. Somerset, and later of Thorncombe, co. Devon, mar. Mary Hoskyns (d. 10 Oct 1766), dau. of Richard Hoskyns, of Beaminster, co. Dorset, and had issue:

1a. Samuel [Hood], 1st Baron Hood later 1st Viscount Hood (b. 12 Dec 1724; d. 27 Jan 1816), mar. 25 Aug 1749 Susannah Linzee, suo jure Baroness Hood, (b. 19 Jun 1726; d. 25 May 1806), dau. of Edward Linzee, many times Mayor of Portsmouth, by his wife Ann Newnham, dau. and cohrss. of Robert Newnham, of Portsmouth, co. Hampshire, and had issue:

1b. Henry [Hood], 2nd Baron Hood later 2nd Viscount Hood (b. 25 Aug 1753; d. 25 Jan 1836), mar. 10 Sep 1774 Jane Wheler (b. c. 1754; d. 6 Dec 1847), dau. and hrss. of Francis Wheler, of Whitley Abbey, co. Warwick, by his wife Jane Smith, dau. of Abel Smith, of Nottingham, and had issue:

1c. Lt Col Hon Francis Wheler Hood (killed in action vp. on the heights of Aire, France 2 Mar 1814), mar. 11 Oct 1804 Caroline Hamond (d. 11 Mar 1858), only dau. of Sir Andrew Snape Hamond, 1st Bt., by his wife Anne Graeme, dau. and hrss. of Henry Graeme, of Hanwell, co. Middlesex, and had issue:

1d. Samuel [Hood], 3rd Viscount Hood

2d. Lt Col Hon Francis Grosvenor Hood, granted the style and precedence of the younger son of a Viscount by Royal Licence (b. 4 Mar 1809; killed in action sp. in the trenches at Sebastopol 18 Oct 1854), mar. 8 Sep 1842 his cousin Elizabeth Jane Hamond (d. 15 Jan 1910), 2nd dau. of Sir Graham Eden Hamond, 2nd Bt.

1d. Hon Caroline Hood, granted the sryle and precedence of the daughter of a Viscount by Royal Licence (d. 9 May 1890), mar. 25 Feb 1834 Arthur Francis Gregory, of Styvichall, co. Warwick

2c. Hon Samuel Hood, later 2nd Baron Bridport

1c. Hon Susannah Hood

2c. Hon Selina Hood

2a. Alexander [Hood], 1st Baron Bridport later 1st Viscount Bridport

1a. Elizabeth Hood, mar. Edward Walker, Alderman of Exeter

1. Elizabeth Hood


Alexander [Hood], 1st Baron Bridport later 1st Viscount Bridport


2 Dec 1726

mar. (1)

1761 Maria West (d. 12 Sep 1786), dau. of Rev Richard West DD, Prebendary of Winchester, by his wife Mary Temple, sister of Richard [Temple], 1st Viscount Cobham, and 3rd dau. of Sir Richard Temple, 3rd Bt., of Stowe, co. Buckingham

mar. (2)

26 Jun 1788 Maria Sophia Bray (b. c. 1746; d. 18 Feb 1831), only surv. dau. and hrss. of Thomas Bray, of Edmonton, co. Middlesex, by his third wife Elizabeth Sadlier, dau. and cohrss. of John Sadlier


s.p. 3 May 1814


14 Nov 1794 Baron Bridport, with special remainder, failing heirs male of his body, to Samuel Hood, 2nd son of [his nephew] Henry Hood, of Catherington, co. Hampshire, with remainder to the heirs male of the body of [his uncle] Alexander Hood, late of Mosterton, co. Dorset (Peerage of Ireland)

13 Jun 1796 Baron Bridport, of Cricket St Thomas in the County of Somerset

16 Jun 1800 Viscount Bridport, of Cricket St Thomas in the County of Somerset

suc. by



entered the Navy; Lieut 1746; Commander and Post Capt 1756; captured two French ships of war 1757; Treasurer of Greenwich Hospital 1766-99; Rear Admiral 1780; recaptured the English man of war The Warwick 1781; distinguished himself under Lord Howe in the relief of Gibraltar 1782; Member of Parliament (Tory) for Bridgwater 1784-90 and for Buckingham 1790-96; Vice-Admiral 1787; KB 1788; Rear Admiral of Great Britain 1790-96; Admiral of the Blue1794, and of the White 1795; gained a partial victory over the French fleet off Port L'Orient 1795; Vice Admiral of Great Britain 1796-1801 and of the United Kingdom 1801-14; Commander-in-Chief of the Channel Fleet 1797-1800;  Lieut General of Marines 1799-1800 and General 1800-14;  Admiral of the Red 1805


On the death of the Ist Viscount Bridport the Barony created in 1796 and the Viscountcy created in 1800 became extinct, but the Irish Barony created in 1794 devolved on his great-nephew according to the terms of the special remainder,


Samuel [Hood], 2nd Baron Bridport


7 Dec 1788


3 Jul 1810 Lady Charlotte Mary Nelson, suo jure Duchess of Bronté (b. 20 Sep 1787; d. 29 Jan 1873; bur. at Cricket St Thomas, co. Somerset), only dau. and hrss. of William [Nelson], 1st Earl Nelson and 2nd Duke of Bronté, by his first wife Sarah Yonge, dau. of Rev Henry Yonge, Vicar of Great Torrington, co. Devon


1. Hon Alexander Nelson Hood, later 3rd Baron Bridport later 1st Viscount Bridport

2. Hon Haratio Nelson Hood (b. 24 Apr 1826; dvp. 1832)

1. Hon Mary Sophia Hood (d. 29 Jan 1888), mar. 17 Aug 1841 John Lee-Lee, of Dillington, co. Somerset, and Orleigh Court, co. Devon (d. 16 Aug 1874), and had issue

2. Hon Charlotte Hood (d. 21 Aug 1906), mar. 4 Sep 1845 Horace W N Rochford, of Clogrenane, co. Carlow (d. 16 May 1891), and had issue

3. Hon Jane Sarah Hood (dsp. 28 Apr 1907), mar. (1) 4 Jan 1838 Hugh Holbech, of Farnborough, co. Warwick (d. 8 Jun 1849), (2) 10 Dec 1853 Capt Sir Charles Hotham KCB RN (d. 31 Dec 1855), and (3) 30 Aug 1860 Capt William Armytage RN (d. 11 Jan 1872)

4. Hon Catherine Louisa Hood (d. 6 Ict 1893), mar. 18 Apr 1837 Henry Hall, of Holbrook House, co. Somerset (d. 17 Nov 1862), and had issue

5. Hon Fanny Caroline Hood (d. 1 Oct 1903), mar. 20 May 1845 Sir John Walrond Dickinson later Walrond, 1st Bt. JP DL MP, and had issue


6 Jan 1868 (bur. at Cricket St Thomas, co. Somerset)

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Tory) for Heytesbury 1812-18


Alexander Nelson [Hood], 3rd Baron Bridport later 1st Viscount Bridport


6 Jul 1868 Viscount Bridport, of Cricket St Thomas in the County of Somerset and of Bronté in the Kingdom of Italy


The Barony of Bridport has been held by the Viscounts Bridport since 6 Jul 1868.


First written 30 Aug 2013



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