James Brydges, 8th Baron Chandos

James Brydges, 8th Baron Chandos

James Brydges, 8th Baron Chandos (1642-1714) was English Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire.

A graduate of St John's College, Oxford Brydges became 3rd Baronet Brydges, of Wilton, Hereford in 1651 and 8th Baron Chandos of Sudeley in 1686 following the death of his relative the William Brydges.

Lord Chandos was elected by the members of the Levant Company and appointed ambassador in Constantinople in 1681, he served until 1687. At this time the Ottoman Empire was making great advances into Europe, reaching the walls of Vienna.

He was the father of James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos famous as employer of Handel and friend of Alexander Pope.

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