Henry Bridgeman, 1st Baron Bradford
|Sir Henry Bridgeman, 5th Baronet, 1st Baron Bradford|
|Born||September 7, 1725|
|Died||June 5, 1800
Old Burlington Street, London
|Other titles||5th Baronet Bridgeman of Great Lever|
|Successor||Orlando Bridgeman, 1st Earl of Bradford|
|Issue||Orlando Bridgeman, 1st Earl of Bradford
Rev. Hon. George Bridgeman
|Parents||Sir Orlando Bridgeman, 4th Baronet
Lady Anne Newport
Background and education
Bridgeman was the second and eldest surviving son of Sir Orlando Bridgeman, 4th Baronet. His mother Anne was the daughter of Richard Newport, 2nd Earl of Bradford. He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a MA in 1747. On the death of his uncle Thomas Newport, 4th Earl of Bradford in 1762 Bridgeman inherited Weston Park and two years later he succeeded his father as baronet. Cambridge awarded him a Doctor of Laws in 1769 and the University of Oxford made him a Doctor of Civil Laws in 1793.
In 1748, Bridgeman entered the British House of Commons, having been elected for Ludlow. He represented the constituency for twenty years until 1768 and sat then for (Much) Wenlock for another twentysix years. Bridgeman retired as Member of Parliament in 1794 and was elevated the Peerage of Great Britain with the title Baron Bradford, of Bradford, in the County of Shropshire on 13 August. He was nominated clerk of the household to George, Prince of Wales, a post he held until the latter's accession in 1760. A year later he was chosen clerk comptroller of the Board of Green Cloth, serving for the following three years. In 1774 Bridgeman became recorder for Much Wenlock, an appointment for life.
Bridgeman married Elizabeth Simpson, daughter of Reverend John Simpson on 12 July 1755; they had eight children, five sons and three daughters. He died, aged 74, in Old Burlington Street in London in 1800 and his two oldest sons having predeceased him was succeeded in his titles by his third son Orlando, later raised to an earl. His fourth son John took over his seat in Parliament and assumed the surname Simpson. Bridgeman was survived by his widow until 1806; she died in Bath, Somerset and was buried in Weston.
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|Parliament of Great Britain|
Sir William Corbet
|Member of Parliament for Ludlow
With: Richard Herbert 1748–1754
Edward Herbert 1754–1768
|Member of Parliament for (Much) Wenlock
With: George Forester 1768–1780, 1780–1784, 1785–1790
Thomas Whitmore 1780
John Bridgeman 1784–1785
Cecil Forester 1790–1794
|Peerage of Great Britain|
|New creation||Baron Bradford
|Baronetage of England|
(of Great Lever)