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The Earl of Bridgewater

John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater PC (30 May 1623 – 26 October 1686) was an English nobleman from the Egerton family.


John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgwater by Peter Lely, 1665

He was a son of John Egerton, 1st Earl of Bridgewater and his wife Lady Frances Stanley. His maternal grandparents were Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby and his wife Alice Spencer. According to the Will of King Henry VIII, his mother, at one time, was second-in-line to inherit England's throne. However, Lady Frances Stanley's older sister, Anne Stanley, Countess of Castlehaven, was passed over for King James VI of Scotland.

He served as Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire (1660–1686), Cheshire (1670–1676), Lancashire (1670–1676), and Hertfordshire (1681–1686), in addition to being invested as a Privy Councillor in 1679. He was buried in Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire.


Arms of Egerton: Argent, a lion rampant gules between three pheons sable[1]

In 1641 Egerton married Elizabeth Cavendish (1626–1663), a daughter of William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle and his first wife Elizabeth Basset. Their children included:

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  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.1077, Duke of Sutherland
  2. ^ Patrick Cracroft-Brennan, Bridgewater, Earl of (E, 1617 - 1829) in Cracroft's Peerage. Accessed 15 June 2014.

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Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.