John Egerton, 3rd Earl of Bridgewater

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Bridgewater
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First Lord of the Admiralty
In office
1699–1701
Preceded by The Earl of Orford
Succeeded by The Earl of Pembroke
First Lord of Trade
In office
16 December 1695 – 9 June 1699
Preceded by Vacant
Last held by
The Earl of Shaftesbury
Succeeded by The Earl of Stamford
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
With Thomas Warton
In office
1685–1686
Preceded by Richard Hampden
Succeeded by Thomas Lee
Personal details
Born 9 November 1646
Died 19 March 1701
Spouse(s) Lady Elizabeth Cranfield
Lady Jane Paulet

John Egerton, 3rd Earl of Bridgewater (9 November 1646 – 19 March 1701) was the eldest son of John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater and his wife Elizabeth Cavendish. His maternal grandparents were William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle and his first wife Elizabeth Basset.

He served as a Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire as a Whig from 1685 to 1686. He also served as Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire following his father's death in 1686 but was dismissed after his first period in office by King James II for refusing to produce a list of Roman Catholics to serve as officers of the militia. He was later reinstated to the position when William III came to the throne and James II was forced into exile.

He was first married to Elizabeth Cranfield, a daughter of James Cranfield, 2nd Earl of Middlesex and Anne Bourchier. They had only one known child who survived birth:

  • John Cranfield (11 January 1668 – 31 March 1670).

On 2 April 1673, Bridgewater married his second wife Jane Paulet. She was a daughter of Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton and his second wife Mary Scrope. Mary was eldest illegitimate daughter of Emanuel Scrope, 1st Earl of Sunderland and his mistress Martha Jones; she became her father's co-heiress when a brother died childless. They had eight children:

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Political offices
New title
Establishment of the Board of Trade
First Lord of Trade
1695 – 1699
Succeeded by
The Earl of Stamford
Preceded by
The Earl of Orford
First Lord of the Admiralty
1699 – 1701
Succeeded by
The Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery
as Lord High Admiral
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Thomas Wharton
Richard Hampden
Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire
with Thomas Wharton

1685–1686
Succeeded by
Hon. Thomas Wharton
Sir Thomas Lee, Bt
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Bridgewater
Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire
1686 – 1687
Succeeded by
The Lord Jeffreys
Preceded by
The Lord Jeffreys
Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire
1689 – 1701
Succeeded by
The Lord Wharton
Peerage of England
Preceded by
John Egerton
Earl of Bridgewater
2nd creation
1686 – 1701
Succeeded by
Scroop Egerton