John Egerton, 3rd Earl of Bridgewater


John Egerton, 3rd Earl of Bridgewater

John Egerton, 3rd Earl of Bridgewater (9 November, 1646–19 March, 1701) was the eldest son of John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater and his wife Elizabeth Cavendish. His maternal grandparents were William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle and his first wife Elizabeth Basset.

He served as a Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire as a Whig from 1685 to 1686. He also served as Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire following his father's death in 1686 but was dismissed after his first period in office by King James II for refusing to produce a list of Roman Catholics to serve as officers of the militia. He was later reinstated to the position when William III came to the throne and James II was forced into exile.

He was first married to Elizabeth Cranfield, a daughter of James Cranfield, 2nd Earl of Middlesex and Anne Bourchier. Anne was a daughter of Edward Bourchier, 4th Earl of Bath and his wife Dorothy St. John. They had only one known child who survived birth:

*John Cranfield (11 January, 1668 - 31 March, 1670).

On 2 April, 1673, Bridgewater married his second wife Jane Paulet. She was a daughter of Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton and his second wife Mary Scrope. Mary was a daughter of Emanuel Scrope, 1st Earl of Sunderland and Elizabeth Manners. Elizabeth was a daughter of John Manners, 4th Earl of Rutland and Martha Jones. They had eight children:

*Charles Egerton, Viscount Brackley (7 May, 1675 - April, 1687).
*Mary Egerton (14 May, 1676 - 11 April, 1704). Married William Byron, 4th Baron Byron.
*Thomas Egerton (15 August, 1679 - April, 1687).
*Scroop Egerton, 1st Duke of Bridgewater (11 August, 1681 - 11 January, 1744).
*Henry Egerton, Bishop of Hereford (d. 1 April, 1746). Married Elizabeth Ariana Bentinck, a daughter of William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland and his wife Anne Frances Villiers. They were parents to John Egerton, Bishop of Durham.
*Charles Egerton (d. 7 November, 1725). Married Catherine Greville. His wife was a sister of William Greville, 7th Baron Brooke.
*Elizabeth Egerton. Married Thomas Catesby Paget. Her husband was a son of Henry Paget, 1st Earl of Uxbridge and his wife Mary Catesby. They were parents of Henry Paget, 2nd Earl of Uxbridge.
*John Egerton.


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