Sir Brook Bridges, 3rd Baronet

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Sir Brook William Bridges, 3rd Baronet (17 September 1733 – 4 September 1791)[1] was a British baronet and Whig politician.

Born posthumously at Whitehall, he was the only son of Sir Brook Bridges, 2nd Baronet and his wife Anne Palmer, daughter of Sir Thomas Palmer, 4th Baronet, of Wingham.[2] With his birth he succeeded his father as baronet.[2] Bridges was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge until 1752[3] and began subsequently his Grand Tour.[4] In 1763, he entered the British House of Commons for Kent, representing the constituency as Member of Parliament (MP) until 1774.[5] He was for several years Receiver General of the land tax for Kent.[6]

On 11 June 1765, he married Fanny Fowler, daughter of Edmund Fowler and heiress to the title Baron Fitzwalter, at St George's, Hanover Square in London.[7] They had six daughters and seven sons.[6] Bridges died, aged 58 in Portman Square in London[8] and was buried in Goodnestone in Kent.[7] He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his second son William, who after the death of his older brother in 1781 had taken the additional Christian name Brook by licence of the archbishop.[8] His daughter, Elizabeth, married Jane Austen's brother, and Austen visited them on the estate regularly.[9]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 144. 
  3. ^ "Bridges, Sir Brook, Bart (BRGS752B)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ Sir Lewis Namier & John Brooke, ed. (1985). The House of Commons, 1754-1790. vol. I. Cambridge: Secker & Warburg. p. 118. 
  5. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons". Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (5th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 421. 
  7. ^ a b "ThePeerage - Sir Brook William Bridges, 3rd Bt". Retrieved 19 March 2007. 
  8. ^ a b Sylvanus, Urban (1791). The Gentleman's Magazine. part II. London: John Nichols. p. 876. 
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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Robert Fairfax
Sir Wyndham Knatchbull-Wyndham
Member of Parliament for Kent
1763 – 1774
With: Robert Fairfax 1763–1768
John Frederick Sackville 1768–1769
Sir Charles Farnaby 1769–1774
Succeeded by
Charles Marsham
Thomas Knight
Baronetage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Brook Bridges
(of Goodneston)
Succeeded by
Brook William Bridges