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