BRIDGEMAN, John (c.1655-1729), of Prinknash Park, Glos.
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Family and Education
b. c.1655, 1st s. of John Bridgeman of Prinknash Park by Margaret, da. of Sir Charles Berkeley†, 2nd Visct. Fitzhardinge [I] and Earl of Falmouth. educ. Wadham, Oxf. matric. 26 July 1672, aged 17; I. Temple 1673. m. c.1710, Catherine (d. 1744), da. of Richard Ockold of Upton St. Leonards, Glos. s.p. suc. fa. by 1663; uncle James Bridgeman 1694.1
Freeman, Gloucester 1702.2
Bridgeman’s family had been established in Gloucestershire since at least the 15th century, acquiring Prinknash, some four miles from Gloucester, in about 1630. Orphaned by his mother’s death in 1663, Bridgeman was placed under the guardianship of his uncle James Bridgeman, a barrister of the Inner Temple, who did all he could to keep him from wasting his fortune, going so far as to stipulate in his will of 1691 that, as a necessary condition of making Bridgeman his own heir, he a