BRYDGES, Giles (1548-94), of Sudeley, Glos.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. 1548, 1st s. of Edmund Brydges, 2nd Baron Chandos of Sudeley, by Dorothy, sis. and coh. of John, 2nd Baron Bray, 5th da. of Edmund Lord Bray; bro. of William. m. bef. Sept. 1573, Frances, 5th da. of Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln, by his 2nd w. Ursula, da. of William, 7th Baron Stourton, 2da. suc. fa. as 3rd Baron Chandos 11 Mar. 1573.

Offices Held

Steward of Cricklade June 1573; ld. lt. Glos. 1586-d.; keeper of Braydon forest; member, council in the marches of Wales 1590.


Brydges succeeded to extensive lands in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. The bulk of this estate, which was in Gloucestershire, consisted of the castle and manor of Sudeley, and the manors of Bourton, Brimpsfield, Granham, Haresfield, Stoke Archer and Bodgworth. He also succeeded his father as chief steward of the manor of Hailes, steward of several Gloucestershire hundreds and keeper of Braydon forest in Wiltshire. After succeeding to the peerage after the first session of the 1572 Parliament, he became involved in several disputes with the council in the marches of Wales and, on one occasion, was summoned before that body. The troubles were largely occasioned by his retainers, two of whom were arrested.2

Although he may, at times, have lacked diligence in his local duties—in 1578 he was admonished for his failure to send to the Privy Council the names of Gloucestershire people suspected of piracy—nevertheless as the leading nobleman in the county, he headed many commissions of inquiry into the restraint of grain, local disorders, ecclesiastical abuses and recusancy, and was active on commissions for musters. In 1590, on the recommendation of the Earl of Pembroke, he became a member of the council in the marches of Wales. In 1576 and again in 1592 he was visited at Sudeley by the Queen on progress.3

Like his father before him, he held the office of steward of Cricklade; a number of his relatives sat for the borough; and for many years his influence was dominant there. He died 21 Feb. 1594, the sole witness to his will, made 23 July 1592, being John Higford I.4

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: W.J.J.


  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.
  • 2. Rudder, Glos. 251, 304, 311; VCH Wilts. v. 120-3; CSP Dom. 1547-80, pp. 463, 545; SP12/112/51; HMC Hatfield, ii. 205.
  • 3. Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. Trans. lvi. 216; CSP Dom. 1547-80, p. 463; APC, xi. 221, 302, 367; xii. 241, 284; xiii. 215; xiv. 39, 250, 284, 321-2; Lansd. 63, f. 95; 683, f. 60; HMC 13th Rep. IV, 248; E. K. Chambers, Eliz. Stage, iv. 66, 92, 107.
  • 4. PCC 12 Dixy.