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Brigadier Francis Charles Bridgeman JP (4 July 1846 – 14 September 1917),[1 ] styled The Honourable from 1865, was a British soldier and Conservative Party politician.


Background and education

Bridgeman was the second son of Orlando Bridgeman, 3rd Earl of Bradford.[2 ] His mother was Hon. Selina Louisa Forester, the daughter of Cecil Weld-Forester, 1st Baron Forester.[2 ] Bridgeman was educated in Harrow School and joined afterwards the British Army.[3]


In 1865, he purchased a commission into the Scots Fusilier Guards as an ensign and lieutenant[4] and four years later became a lieutenant and captain.[5] Bridgeman was nominated an aide-de-camp to Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in 1875, a position he held until the following year.[6 ] He was promoted to captain and lieutenant-colonel in 1877.[7] A year later, Bridgeman accompanied a special mission sent to Spain and attended the marriage of King Alfonso XII, where he was invested a knight of the Order of Isabella the Catholic.[6 ] In 1883 Bridgeman was advanced to major.[8]

He took part in the Suakin Expedition in 1885 and upon his return he entered the British House of Commons, having been elected for Bolton; he represented the constituency for a decade until 1895.[9] Bridgeman obtained colonelship in 1887[10] and received command of the Staffordshire Infantry Brigade in 1892.[11] He became commandant of the central group of the London Volunteer Regiment in 1916.[12] Bridgeman was a Justice of the Peace for the counties Staffordshire as well as Shropshire.[13 ]


Bridgeman married firstly, Gertude Cecilia, daughter of George Hanbury, on 26 July 1883; they had five children.[13 ] Gertrude died in 1911 and after two years as a widower Bridgeman remarried Agnes Florence, daughter of Richard Holt Briscoe on 27 November 1913.[13 ] He died in 1917 and was survived by his second wife until 1946.[1 ] His oldest son was the diplomat Reginald Bridgeman.[1 ]


  1. ^ a b c de Massue (1994), p. 100
  2. ^ a b Fox-Davies (1895), p. 123
  3. ^ Welch (1894), p. 263
  4. ^ London Gazette: no. 2299, p. 3486, 11 July 1865. Retrieved on 7 January 2009.
  5. ^ London Gazette: no. 23511, p. 3692, 29 June 1869. Retrieved on 7 January 2009.
  6. ^ a b Debrett (1886), p. 18
  7. ^ London Gazette: no. 24500, p. 5098, 4 September 1877. Retrieved on 7 January 2010.
  8. ^ London Gazette: no. 25250, p. 3531, 13 July 1883. Retrieved on 7 January 2010.
  9. ^ Burke (1914), p. 286
  10. ^ London Gazette: no. 25680, p. 1231, 8 March 1887. Retrieved on 7 January 2009.
  11. ^ London Gazette: no. 26320, p. 4894, 26 August 1892. Retrieved on 7 January 2009.
  12. ^ London Gazette: no. 29766, p. 9457, 26 September 1916. Retrieved on 7 January 2010.
  13. ^ a b c Dod (1915), p. 101


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Pennington Thomasson
Herbert Shepherd-Cross
Member of Parliament for Bolton
With: Herbert Shepherd-Cross
Succeeded by
Herbert Shepherd-Cross
George Harwood


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