BRIDGER, Richard (1620-99), of Coombe Place, Hamsey, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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Mar. 1679 - Mar. 1681
1685 - 1687
1689 - 1695

Family and Education

bap. 13 Feb. 1620, 1st s. of Henry Bridger of Ashurst by Jane, da. of John Ravenscroft of Horsham.  educ. Magdalen Hall, Oxf. 1638; I. Temple 1640.  m. settlement 23 Mar. 1652 (with £1,300), Frances (d. 1680), da. of Walter Burrell of Cuckfield, 3s. (1 d.v.p.) 5da.  suc. fa. 1657.1

Offices Held


Bridger owned a sizable estate near Lewes and was returned again for the borough in 1690 on his own interest. He was classed as a Whig in Lord Carmarthen’s (Sir Thomas Osborne†) analysis of the new Parliament and as a Country supporter in Robert Harley’s* list of April 1691, but he was evidently not an active Member. Given leave of absence on 10 Jan. 1694 for health reasons, Bridger did not seek re-election in 1695. He was buried on 8 Jan. 1699 at Warminghurst in Sussex, one of his daughters later marrying Charles Goring*.2

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Vis. Suss. (Harl. Soc. lxxxix), 17; F. W. Steer, Shiffner Archs. pp. xviii, 10–11.
  • 2. Vis. Suss. 17.