Giles Brydges, 3rd Baron Chandos

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Giles Brydges, 3rd Baron Chandos by Hieronimo Custodis, 1589.
Signed and dated portrait of Elizabeth Brydges, aged 14, daughter of the 3rd Baron Chandos and maid of honour to Elizabeth I, 1589.

Giles Brydges, 3rd Baron Chandos of Sudeley (c. 1548 – 21 February 1594) was an English courtier in the reign of Elizabeth I.


He was born at Sudeley Manor, Gloucestershire,[citation needed] the son of Edmund Brydges, 2nd Baron Chandos and his wife Hon. Dorothy Bray. Brydges was Member of Parliament for Cricklade in 1571 and for Gloucestershire from 1572 to 1573. He succeeded his father as 3rd Baron Chandos of Sudeley on 11 March 1573, and held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 1586. He entertained Queen Elizabeth at Sudeley Castle in 1592.[1]

Chandos died on 21 February 1594 without male issue and was therefore succeeded by his brother William who became the fourth Baron Chandos of Sudeley. He is buried in the Chapel of St. Mary at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, England.[1]


He married Lady Frances Clinton (Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire, 1553 - Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, 12 September 1623), daughter of Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln and his second wife Ursula Stourton before 1573.[1] According to Joan Barbara Greenbaum Goldsmith's unpublished PhD dissertation, All the Queen's Women: the changing place and perception of aristocratic women in Elizabethan England, 1558-1620, Frances and her husband separated during the 1590s. She died at Woburn Abbey, home of her daughter Catherine, Countess of Bedford.[2]

They had four children of whom only two daughters survived:[1][2][3]

  • Hon. Elizabeth Brydges (c. 1578–1617), Maid of Honour to Elizabeth I, married Sir John Kennedy. She died without issue.[1][2]
  • Hon. Catherine Brydges (c. 1580–1656/7), married Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford and had issue.[1][2]
  • John Brydges, died young.[2]
  • Charles Brydges, died young.[2]

Portraits of Chandos, his wife, and his daughter Elizabeth by Hieronimo Custodis are in the collection of the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume III, page 126-7.
    "Giles Brydges, 3rd Baron Chandos of Sudeley", The Peerage, 6 January 2007
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kathy Lynn Emerson. Wives and Daughters: The Women of Sixteenth Century England, Whitston Publishing Company (June 1984).
  3. ^ Bruce Harrison. The Family Forest Descendants of Lady Joan Beaufort, Millisecond Publishing Company, Inc. p. 238.
  4. ^ Hearn 1995, p. 114


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Nicholas St. John
Anthony Throckmorton
Member of Parliament for Cricklade
With: Sir Nicholas Arnold
Succeeded by
William Brydges
John Higford
Unknown Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire
Political offices
Preceded by
The 2nd Lord Chandos
Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
Succeeded by
The 4th Lord Chandos
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Edmund Brydges
Baron Chandos
2nd creation
Succeeded by
William Brydges