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Henry Brydges

Male Abt 1470 - 1539  (~ 68 years)

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  • Name Henry Brydges 
    Born Abt 1470  of Newbury, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 5 Dec 1538 and 28 Jan 1539  [1
    Person ID I20848  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2020 

    Father Thomas Brugge,   b. Bef 1428, of Coberley, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1493  (Age > 65 years) 
    Mother Florence Darell,   d. 1506 
    Family ID F12884  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margery 
    Married Abt 1500  [1
    +1. Joan Brydges,   d. Between 4 Dec 1557 and 18 Feb 1558
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F12883  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Or Bruges. MP for Ludgershall, Wiltshire in 1529, and probably in 1523 and 1536. Gentleman usher to Henry VIII. Sheriff of Oxfordshire and Berkshire, 1520-22, 1530-31.

      From the History of Parliament:

      As a younger son, Henry Brydges appears to have had to make his own way in the world. The general pardon which he received on 15 May 1509 throws some light on his early life: styling him esquire or merchant, it describes him as of Newbury in Berkshire, Faulstone, Ludgershall and Salisbury in Wiltshire, Poole in Dorset, and finally London. Such locations make it all but certain that he dealt in cloth: Newbury in particular was an important centre in the manufacture of kerseys. Here Brydges had as a contemporary the famous clothier whose son and namesake John Winchcombe alias Smallwood, was to witness Brydges’ will in 1538. Like the clothier, Brydges appears to have furthered his fortunes by marrying a local widow, for Margery Bedford was doubtless the relict of one or other of two Newbury residents, John and Richard Bedford, whose wills were proved in 1494, and of whom at least one was a ‘clothmaker’. John Bedford of Poole, who in 1509 bequeathed £10 apiece to his mother Margery Bedford and to Henry Brydges, was probably Brydges’ stepson. [...]

      Between 1533 and 1538 Sir William Gifford, whose son John had married Brydges’ daughter Joan, brought a suit against Brydges in Chancery; Gifford had lost his copy of the indentures containing the marriage settlement and Brydges refused to let him see his copy. Brydges’ will of 5 Dec. 1538 was proved on the following 28 Jan. His son Richard was residuary legatee and executor.

  • Sources 
    1. [S47] The History of Parliament. Some citations point to entries from the printed volumes not yet added to the online site.

    2. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013., place only.

    3. [S206] The Visitation of the County of Gloucester, Taken in the Year 1623, by Henry Chitty and John Phillipot as Deputies to William Camden, Clarenceux King of Arms, With Pedigrees from the Heralds' Visitations of 1569 and 1582-3, and Sundry Miscellaneous Pedigrees ed. John MacLean and W. C. Heane. London: Harleian Society, 1885., county only.