Sir Orlando Bridgeman, 1st Baronet, of Ridley
Bridgeman was the second son of Sir Orlando Bridgeman, 1st Baronet, by his second wife Dorothy, daughter of John Saunders. He was educated at Westminster College from 1662 and after two years went to Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1669 Bridgeman was called to the bar by the Inner Temple.
Bridgeman entered the English House of Commons in 1669, having won a by-election for Horsham. He represented the constituency for the next ten years until the end of the Cavalier Parliament in 1679. King Charles II, created him a baronet, of Ridley, in the County of Chester on 12 November 1673.
In 1673 Bridgeman became Commissioner for Assessment in the county of Warwickshire, resigning in 1680. He held the same office in Coventry for two years from 1679. Additionally he served as Commissioner for Recusants in 1675, assigned to the county of Sussex. Bridgeman was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1696.
Aged twenty he married Mary Cave on 28 September 1670. She was the daughter of Sir Thomas Cave, 1st Baronet and four years his junior. The couple had two daughters and a son. Bridgeman died intestate in 1701 and was survived by his wife for few weeks; both were buried in St Michael's, Coventry. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son Orlando. His younger daughter Penelope was the second wife of Thomas Newport, 1st Baron Torrington, a younger son of Francis Newport, 1st Earl of Bradford, whose title later was revived for a descendant of Bridgemans older brother John.
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