Henry Newport, 3rd Earl of Bradford
The oldest son of the 2nd Earl of Bradford and Mary Wilbraham was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Bishop's Castle from 1706 to 1708, and for Shropshire from 1708 to 1710 and from 1713 to 1722.
Bridgeman succeeded his father's titles on 14 June 1723. He was Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Staffordshire between 1715 and 1725, and Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire and Custos Rotulorum of Montgomeryshire between 1724 and 1734.
Lord Bradford died in St James Place, London, unmarried, but father of an illegitimate son. He was buried on 20 January 1734 in Westminster Abbey, Westminster and was succeeded in his titles by his younger brother Thomas Newport.
The illegitimate son of Sir Henry, Lord Bradford was born John Harrison to Ann Smyth in 1720. His father died before John Harrison obtained his majority and the considerable estate left to him was administered by a committee chaired by his mother. In accordance with his late father's wishes, John Harrison changed his name to John Newport by private act of parliament. His mother had him declared insane before he came into his inheritance and she remained in control of his fortune. Upon her death, the Earl of Putney controlled the estate. John Newport had no children per the official record, however this is disputed by a large number of descendants of one Samuel Newport and his two brothers, who emigrated to New Zealand in 1842 and were purportedly the great-grandsons of John Newport. This claim has only been supported by coincident records and oral history to date.
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