John Bridgeman (bishop)

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John Bridgeman (2 November 1577 – 11 November 1652)[1] was an English Anglican clergyman.

Born in Exeter, he was the eldest son of Thomas Bridgeman and grandson of Edward Bridgeman.[1] He was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Master of Arts,[2] and then at the University of Oxford, receiving there a Doctor of Divinity.[3] Bridgeman became rector of Wigan in 1615 and also of Bangor in 1621.[3] Two years before, he had been consecrated Bishop of Chester, a post he held until his death in 1652.[4] In 1633 Bridgeman was subject to a royal commission of enquiry led by Thomas Canon following complaints to the privy council that Bridgeman had embezzled fines taken for commuting penances.[5] During his tenure, he initialised suspensions against the puritans Thomas Paget, John Angier and Samuel Eaton.[6]

On 29 April 1606, he married Elizabeth Helyar, daughter of Reverend William Helyar,[7] and had by her five sons.[3] Bridgeman died at Moreton, Shropshire and was buried at Kinnerley.[1] His oldest son Orlando was a judge and baronet[8] and his third son Henry Bridgeman a bishop.[3]


  1. ^ a b c  "Bridgeman, John". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  2. ^ "Bridgeman, John (BRGN593J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ a b c d Collins, Arthur (1812). Sir Egerton Brydges, ed. Collin's Peerage of England. vol. I. London: T. Bensley. pp. 367–369. 
  4. ^ Haydn, Joseph (1851). The Book of Dignities: Containing Rolls of the Official Personages of the British Empire. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longman's. p. 377. 
  5. ^ Papers for Sir Thomas Canon’s enquiry of 1633; Staffordshire Record Office D1287/18/2
  6. ^ Summers, Montague (2003). Geography of Witchcraft. Kessinger Publishing. p. 350. ISBN 0-7661-4536-0. 
  7. ^ "ThePeerage". Retrieved 29 November 2006. 
  8. ^ Debrett, John (1828). Debrett's Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. vol. I (17th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 239. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Morton
Bishop of Chester
Succeeded by
Brian Walton