Orlando Bridgeman, 3rd Earl of Bradford

For other people named Orlando Bridgeman, see Orlando Bridgeman (disambiguation).
The Right Honourable
The Earl of Bradford

The Earl of Bradford caricatured in Vanity Fair by Carlo Pellegrini, 1874.
Master of the Horse
In office
7 March 1874  21 April 1880
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
Preceded by The Marquess of Ailesbury
Succeeded by The Duke of Westminster
In office
1 July 1885  28 January 1886
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded by The Duke of Westminster
Succeeded by The Earl of Cork
Personal details
Born (1819-04-24)24 April 1819
Nottingham Place, Marylebone, London, England
Died 12 March 1898(1898-03-12) (aged 78)
Weston Park, Staffordshire, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Hon. Selina Weld-Forester
(d. 1894)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Orlando George Charles Bridgeman, 3rd Earl of Bradford PC DL (24 April 1819 – 12 March 1898), styled Viscount Newport between 1825 and 1865, was a British courtier and Conservative politician. In a ministerial career spanning over thirty years, he notably served as Lord Chamberlain of the Household between 1866 and 1868 and as Master of the Horse between 1874 and 1880 and again between 1885 and 1886.

Background and education

Bridgeman was born at Nottingham Place, Marylebone, London, the eldest son of George Bridgeman, 2nd Earl of Bradford and his wife Georgina Elizabeth Moncreiffe, daughter of Sir Thomas Moncreiffe, 5th Baronet.[1] He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1][2] He became known by the courtesy title Viscount Newport when his father succeeded in the earldom of Bradford in 1825.[1]

Political career

Lord Newport was elected Member of Parliament for Shropshire South in 1842.[1] In February 1852, he was appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household in Lord Derby's first administration,[3] a post he held until the fall of the government in December of the same year,[4] and again from 1858[5] to 1859 in Derby's second administration.[6] He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1852.[7] In 1865, he succeeded his father in the earldom and entered the House of Lords. When Derby became prime minister for the third time in 1866, Lord Bradford was made Lord Chamberlain of the Household,[8] an office he retained until December 1868, the last year under the premiership of Benjamin Disraeli.[9] He again served under Disraeli as Master of the Horse between 1874[10] and 1880[1] and held the same office from 1885[11] to 1886 in Lord Salisbury's first administration.[1]

Apart from his political career, Lord Bradford was a Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire[12] and served as Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire between 1875 and 1896. He served in the North Shropshire Yeomanry Cavalry, beginning as cornet in 1839, promoted captain in 1844, and resigning in 1869.[13] He was also an Honorary Colonel in the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Shropshire Light Infantry.[1]

Sport interests

Lord Bradford was a Thoroughbred racehorse owner, with colours of white, scarlet sleeves, and black cap borne by his jockeys. He won the Cesarewitch at Newmarket in 1865 with Salpinctes and, in 1879, with Chippendale who came second in two successive races for the same cup. He ultimately won the 1892 Derby with Sir Hugo.[14]

Invited by William Penny Brookes, he was President of the Wenlock Olympian Society in 1874, when Much Wenlock hosted the National Olympian Games.[15]


Selina, the Countess of Bradford, by Edward Clifford, 1876

Lord Bradford married the Honourable Selina Weld-Forester, daughter of Cecil Weld-Forester, 1st Baron Forester, on 20 April 1844. They had four children:

The Countess of Bradford died in November 1894. Lord Bradford died after a long illness at Weston Park, Staffordshire, in March 1898, aged 78. He was buried on 12 March 1898 at Weston-under-Lizard. His eldest son George succeeded in the earldom.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 thepeerage.com Orlando George Charles Bridgeman, 3rd Earl of Bradford
  2. "Bridgeman, Orlando George Charles, Viscount Newport (BRGN837OG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 21299. p. 741. 9 March 1852.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 21397. p. 3939. 31 December 1852.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 22106. p. 1207. 2 March 1858.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 22279. p. 2471. 24 June 1859.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 21299. p. 738. 9 March 1852.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 23137. p. 3984. 13 July 1866.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 23450. p. 6654. 15 December 1868.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 24074. p. 1591. 10 March 1874.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 25486. p. 3060. 3 July 1885.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 21377. p. 2941. 9 November 1852.
  13. Gladstone, E.W. (1953). The Shropshire Yeomanry 1795–1945, The Story of a Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. The Whitethorn Press. pp. 42, 45, 51.
  14. Weyman, Henry T. (1929). "Shropshire M.P.s – Memoirs". Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological Society, Series 4, Volume XII. p. 35.
  15. Beale, Catherine (2011). Born out of Wenlock, William Penny Brookes and the British origins of the modern Olympics. DB Publishing. pp. 87–89, 184. ISBN 978-1-85983-967-6.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Earl of Darlington
Robert Henry Clive
Members of Parliament for South Shropshire
With: Robert Henry Clive 1842–1854
Robert Windsor Clive 1854–1859
Sir Baldwin Leighton, Bt 1859–1865
Succeeded by
Sir Baldwin Leighton, Bt
Sir Percy Egerton Herbert
Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Edward Howard
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
February–December 1852
Succeeded by
Lord Ernest Bruce
Preceded by
Lord Ernest Bruce
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Succeeded by
Viscount Castlerosse
Preceded by
The Viscount Sydney
Lord Chamberlain
Succeeded by
The Viscount Sydney
Preceded by
The Marquess of Ailesbury
Master of the Horse
Succeeded by
The Duke of Westminster
Preceded by
The Duke of Westminster
Master of the Horse
Succeeded by
The Earl of Cork
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Viscount Hill
Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Powis
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Bridgeman
Earl of Bradford
Succeeded by
George Bridgeman
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