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John Egerton

2nd Earl of Bridgewater
PredecessorJohn Egerton, 1st Earl of Bridgewater
SuccessorJohn Egerton, 3rd Earl of Bridgewater
Born30 May 1623
Died26 October 1686
BuriedLittle Gaddesden, Hertfordshire
Noble familyEgerton
Spouse(s)Lady Elizabeth Cavendish
IssueJohn Egerton, 3rd Earl of Bridgewater
Sir William Egerton KB
Thomas Egerton
Charles Egerton MP
Elizabeth Egerton
FatherJohn Egerton, 1st Earl of Bridgewater
MotherLady Frances Stanley

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)

The surviving 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 Lady 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, Frances, Countess of Bridgewater's elder sister, Lady Anne Stanley, was passed over in favour of King James VI of Scotland.

Styled Viscount Brackley before succeeding to the earldom in 1649, he served as Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire (1660–1686), Cheshire (1670–1676), Lancashire (1670–1676), and Hertfordshire (1681–1686), as well as being sworn of the Privy Council in 1679.

Lord Bridgewater was buried at Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire.


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

In 1641, as Lord Brackley, he married Lady Elizabeth Cavendish (1626–1663), a daughter of William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, and his first wife Elizabeth Basset. Lord and Lady Bridgewater's children included:

See also


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

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There is no entry about John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater (1623 - 1686) in the L&M Companion.

However, I found this enlightening episode about him in Oxford DNB Isaac Penington's biography:

About May 1665, Quaker landowner and writer Isaac Penington was arrested again, this time at the behest of John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, who was offended because Penington had refused to address him as 'My lord'.

During Penington’s 1665 imprisonments his pen remained active, partly with letters to his wife, Mary Proude Springett Penington, magistrates, relatives, Quaker meetings, and even to the Earl of Bridgewater explaining why he could not use worldly titles.

Highlights from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:…

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