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Bridges, Baron (UK, 1957)


Creation: let. pat. 4 Feb 1957


Family name: Bridges




Argent a Cross Sable charged with a Wreath of Laurel fructed of the field a Chief Chequy also Sable and of the first


A Man's Head and Shoulders couped proper wreathed about the temples Argent the Ribands Gules vested paly of six Sable and Argent


On either side a Swan wings elevated and addorsed proper gorged with a Collar chequy Sable and Argent


Faire Sans Dire (To act without speaking)



Edward Ettingdene [Bridges], 1st Baron Bridges, KG GCB GCVO MC PC

only son of Robert Seymour Bridges OM, of Chilswell, co. Oxford, Poet Laureate 1913-30, by his wife Mary Monica Waterhouse, 1st dau. of Alfred Waterhouse RA, of Yattendon Court, co. Berkshire


4 Aug 1892


1 Jun 1922 Hon Katharine Dianthe Farrer (d. 1986), 2nd dau. of Thomas Cecil [Farrer], 2nd Baron Farrer, by his first wife Evelyn Mary Rice, 3rd dau. of Hon Charles William Thomas Spring Rice (by his wife Elizabeth Margaret Marshall, 1st dau. of William Marshall MP, of Hallsteads and Patterdale Hall, co. Cumberland), 2nd son of Thomas [Spring Rice], 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon


1. Hon Thomas Edward Bridges, later 2nd Baron Bridges

2. Hon Robert Oliver Bridges, of Goodmans Furze, Headley, Epsom co. Surrey, architect (b. 18 Aug 1930), mar. 12 Jan 1963 Rosamund Theresa de Wesselow, 2nd dau. of Roger C Vaughan de Wesselow, of 3 York House, London W8, and has issue

1. Hon Shirley Frances Bridges (b. 23 Oct 1924), mar. 15 Jun 1957 Hilary Topham Corke, of Eversheds, Abinger Hammer, co. Surrey, son of Alfred Topham Corke, of Malvern, co. Worcester, and has issue

2. Hon Margaret Evelyn Bridges (b. 9 Oct 1932), mar. (1) 7 Aug 1954 (div. 1969) Trevor Henry Ashton FSA, Fellow and Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, only son of Oliver John Ashton, of Old House, Woolbeding, Midhurst, and (2) 17 Sep 1971 as his second wife Paul William Jex Buxton, of Castle House, Chipping Ongar, co. Essex (b. 20 Sep 1925), only son of W/Cdr Denis Alfred Jex Buxton JP DL FSA RAF (by his wife Emily Mary Hollins, 1st dau. of William Hollins JP, of Berry Hill, Mansfield, co. Nottingham), 2nd son of Alfred Fowell Buxton, of Fairhill, Tonbridge, co. Kent (by his wife Violet Jex-Blake, dau. of Very Rev Thomas William Jex-Blake DD, of Bunwell, co. Norfolk, Headmaster of Rugby School), 3rd son of Thomas Fowell Buxton JP, of Easneye, Ware, co. Hertford (by his wife Rachel Jane Gurney, 5th dau. of Samuel Gurney, of Ham House, co. Essex), 2nd son of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1st Bt., of Belfield, co. Dorset, and has issue by her second husband


27 Aug 1969


4 Feb 1957 Baron Bridges, of Headley in the County of Surrey and of St Nicholas at Wade in the County of Kent

suc. by



Secretary to the Cabinet 1938-46;  Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury and Head of Civil Service 1945-56:  Chairman of the British Council 1954-67


Thomas Edward [Bridges], 2nd Baron Bridges, GCMG


27 Nov 1927


1 Sep 1953 Rachel Mary Bunbury, yst. dau. of Sir Henry Noel Bunbury KCB, of 8 Church Street, Ewell, co. Surrey


1. Hon Mark Thomas Bridges, later 3rd Baron Bridges

2. Hon Nicholas Edward Bridges (b. 29 Mar 1956), mar. 1985 Susan Guggenheim, 1st dau. of Peter Guggenheim, of Woodbury Salterton, co. Devon, and has issue

1. Hon Harriet Elizabeth Bridges (b. 28 Nov 1958), mar. (1) 4 Jul 1981 (div. 1983) John Charles Eells, and (2) Jul 2001 William J Leonard


27 May 2017

suc. by



Assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary 1963-66; Head of Chancery, Athens 1966-68; Counsellor, Moscow 1969-71; Private Secretary (Overseas Affairs) to Prime Minister 1972-74; CMG 1975; Minister (Commercial), Washington 1976-79; Deputy Under-Secetary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office 1979-82; KCMG 1983; HM Ambassador to Italy 1983-87; GCMG 1988; elected to the House of Lords 1999


Mark Thomas [Bridges], 3rd Baron Bridges


25 Jul 1954


13 May 1978 Angela Margaret Collinson, 1st dau. of J L Collinson, of Mansfield, co. Nottingham


1. Hon Miles Edmund Farrer Bridges (b. 1 Jul 1992)

1. Hon Venetia Rachel Lucy Bridges (b. 21 Feb 1982)

2. Hon Camilla Frances Iona Bridges (b. 22 Jun 1985)

3. Hon Drusilla Kathari8ne Anne Bridges (b. 12 Jul 1988)


Last updated 12 Jun 2017




3rd Baron Bridges, of Headley in the County of Surrey and of St Nicholas at Wade in the County of Kent

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 4 Feb 1957)



Great House, Orford, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2NT



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