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BRIDGEMAN , GEORGE THOMAS ORLANDO ( 1823 - 1895 ), cleric, antiquary and genealogist .

Born 21 Aug. 1823 , second son of the 2nd earl of Bradford , a descendant of Sir Orlando Bridgeman (q.v. in D.N.B. ), keeper of the seal under Charles II ; the family were connected by marriage with Shropshire , and with the Myddelton' s of Chirk . Educated at Harrow , and Trinity (Cantab.) , where he graduated in 1845 , he took orders , became rector in Shropshire , and in 1864 received the family rectory of Wigan , remaining there till his death, 25 Nov. 1895 . He wrote a book on the history of Wigan .

But he was also keenly interested in his family connections with the Welsh Border . He contributed to Arch. Camb. , 1863 , a paper on ‘ The Ancient Lords of Mechain ,’ and to Mont. Coll. , 1868 , two papers, ‘ The Princes of Upper Powys ’ and ‘ The Welsh Lords of Kerry and Arwystli .’ In 1876 he published his very useful History of the Princes of South Wales — not a history in the usual sense but rather a storehouse of genealogical information, hardly very readable but providing many facts not easily to be found elsewhere.


  • Burke's … Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage ;
  • Venn , Alumni Cantabrigienses ;
  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1877 , 243-8.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959