Francis Charles Bridgeman

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The Honourable
Francis Charles Bridgeman
Born (1846-07-04)4 July 1846
Died 14 September 1917(1917-09-14) (aged 71)
Service/branch British Army
Rank Brigadier
Unit Scots Fusilier Guards
Battles/wars World War I
Relations Orlando Bridgeman, 3rd Earl of Bradford (father)
Reginald Bridgeman (son)
Orlando Bridgeman (son)
Other work Member of Parliament
Justice of the Peace

Brigadier-General Francis Charles Bridgeman JP (4 July 1846 – 14 September 1917),[1] styled The Honourable from 1865, was a British Army officer and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885 to 1895.

Background and education[edit]

Bridgeman was the second son of Orlando Bridgeman, 3rd Earl of Bradford.[2] His mother was Hon. Selina Louisa Forester, the daughter of Cecil Weld-Forester, 1st Baron Forester.[2] Bridgeman was educated in Harrow School and joined afterwards the British Army.[3]


In 1865, he purchased a commission into the Scots Fusilier Guards as an ensign and lieutenant[4] and four years later became a lieutenant and captain.[5] Bridgeman was nominated an aide-de-camp to Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in 1875, a position he held until the following year.[6] He was promoted to captain and lieutenant-colonel in 1877.[7] A year later, Bridgeman accompanied a special mission sent to Spain and attended the marriage of King Alfonso XII, where he was invested a knight of the Order of Isabella the Catholic.[6] In 1883 Bridgeman was advanced to major.[8]

He took part in the Suakin Expedition in 1885 and upon his return he entered the British House of Commons, having been elected for Bolton; he represented the constituency for a decade until 1895.[9] At three previous General Elections he had unsuccessfully contested Stafford in 1874, Tamworth in 1878, and Bolton itself in 1880.[10]

Bridgeman obtained a colonelship in 1887[11] and received command of the Staffordshire Brigade in 1892.[12] He retired from the army 27 March 1894.[13] During the First World War he became commandant of the central group of the London Volunteer Regiment of the Volunteer Training Corps in 1916.[14] Bridgeman was a Justice of the Peace for the counties of Staffordshire and Shropshire.[15]


Bridgeman married firstly, Gertude Cecilia, daughter of George Hanbury, on 26 July 1883; they had five children.[15] Gertrude died in 1911 and after two years as a widower Bridgeman remarried Agnes Florence, daughter of Richard Holt Briscoe on 27 November 1913.[15]

In later life he lived at The Priory, Beech Hill, near Reading, Berkshire.[16] He died suddenly, while riding his horse near Reading[17] in 1917, aged seventy-one, and was survived by his second wife until 1946.[1] His oldest son was the diplomat Reginald Bridgeman.[1]


  1. ^ a b c de Massue (1994), p. 100
  2. ^ a b Fox-Davies (1895), p. 123
  3. ^ Welch (1894), p. 263
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 2299. p. 3486. 11 July 1865. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 23511. p. 3692. 29 June 1869. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  6. ^ a b Debrett (1886), p. 18
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 24500. p. 5098. 4 September 1877. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25250. p. 3531. 13 July 1883. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  9. ^ Burke (1914), p. 286
  10. ^ Who Was Who, 1916-1928. A & C Black. 1947. pp. 124–125. 
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25680. p. 1231. 8 March 1887. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26320. p. 4894. 26 August 1892. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26500. p. 1883. 3 April 1894.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: no. 29766. p. 9457. 26 September 1916. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  15. ^ a b c Dod (1915), p. 101
  16. ^ Kelly's Handbook of the Titled, Landed and Official Classes, 1916. p. 233. 
  17. ^ "Death of Brigadier-General the Hon. F.C. Bridgeman". Shrewsbury Chronicle. 21 September 1917. p. 2. 


  • Debrett, John (1886). Robert Henry Mair, ed. Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench. London: Dean & Son Ltd. 
  • Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1895). Armorial Families. Edinburgh: Grange Publishing Works. 
  • Charles Roger Dod and Robert Phipps Dod (1915). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland 1915. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co. Ltd. 
  • (Marquis of Ruvigny & Raineval) de Massue, Melville Henry (1994). Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: The Clarence Volume. London: Genealogical Publishing Co. ISBN 0-8063-1432-X. 
  • Welch, Reginald Courtenay (1894). The Harrow School Register, 1801–1893. London: Longmans, Green and Co. 
  • Burke, John (1914). Ashworth P. Burke, ed. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerag, Baronetage and Knightage 1914. London: Harrison and Sons Ltd. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Pennington Thomasson
Herbert Shepherd-Cross
Member of Parliament for Bolton
With: Herbert Shepherd-Cross
Succeeded by
Herbert Shepherd-Cross
George Harwood