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Orlando Bridgeman, 5th Earl of Bradford

Lieutenant-Colonel Orlando Bridgeman, 5th Earl of Bradford, DL, JP (6 October 1873 – 21 March 1957),[1] styled Viscount Newport from 1898 to 1915, was a British peer, Conservative politician and soldier. He was a major landowner, owning up to 20,000 acres (8,100 ha).[2][3]

The Earl of Bradford
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Born(1873-10-06)6 October 1873
Died21 March 1957(1957-03-21) (aged 83)
TitleEarl of Bradford
Tenure2 January 1915 – 21 March 1957
Other titles5th Viscount Newport
6th Baron Bradford
10th Baronet Bridgeman of Great Lever
SuccessorGerald Bridgeman, 6th Earl of Bradford
Spouse(s)Margaret Cecilia Bruce
IssueDiana Abdy, Lady Abdy
The Hon. Ursula Bridgeman
Gerald Bridgeman, 6th Earl of Bradford
Anne Pearson, Viscountess Cowdray
Lady Joan Bridgeman
ParentsGeorge Bridgeman, 4th Earl of Bradford
Lady Ida Annabella Frances Lumley



Bridgeman was the oldest son of George Bridgeman, 4th Earl of Bradford and his wife Lady Ida Frances Annabella Lumley, second daughter of Richard Lumley, 9th Earl of Scarbrough.[4] Bridgeman was educated at Harrow School and went then to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1896 and with a Master of Arts in 1903.[5] At Cambridge, he was secretary of the Pitt Club.[6] He succeeded his father as earl in 1915.[1]


Bridgeman joined the 3rd (Militia) Battalion of The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment),[7] and was appointed a captain on 29 April 1899. The battalion was embodied in December 1899 to serve in the Second Boer War, and in early March 1900 left Queenstown, Ireland on the SS Oriental for South Africa.[8] He fought in the war after arrival in 1900, and again in 1902, returning from Cape Town to the United Kingdom with most of his regiment in May 1902.[9] He again fought in the First World War from 1915 as a lieutenant-colonel.[7] Bridgeman was appointed Honorary Colonel of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry in 1939.[10]

Bridgeman was assistant private secretary to Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury in his posts as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between 1898 and 1900 and as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for a few weeks during the summer of 1902.[7][11] Salisbury resigned on 11 July 1902, and Lord Newport subsequently was private secretary to Salisbury's successor Arthur Balfour from July 1902 until 1905.[7][12] Having joined the House of Lords on his father's death, Bridgeman became Government Whip in 1919, a post he held until 1924.[4] He was Justice of the Peace for Shropshire and represented the latter county as well as Warwickshire as Deputy Lieutenant, too.[7]


On 21 July 1904, he married The Hon. Margaret Cecilia Bruce (28 October 1882 – 16 April 1949), daughter of Henry Bruce, 2nd Baron Aberdare. They had five children:[10]


  1. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment – Peerage". Retrieved 24 July 2009.
  2. ^ Who is Who 1951. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1951. pp. 318–319.
  3. ^ Bridgeman, Orlando. Who's Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  4. ^ a b Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1929). Armorial Families. vol. I. London: Hurst & Blackett.
  5. ^ "Bridgeman, Orlando (BRGN782O)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  6. ^ Fletcher, Walter Morley (2011) [1935]. The University Pitt Club: 1835–1935 (First Paperback ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 92. ISBN 978-1-107-60006-5.
  7. ^ a b c d e Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companioage. J. Whitaker & Sons. 1923. p. 460.
  8. ^ "The War - Embarcation of Troops". The Times (36080). London. 3 March 1900. p. 9.
  9. ^ "The War - Invalids and others returning home". The Times (36766). London. 13 May 1902. p. 10.
  10. ^ a b "ThePeerage – Orlando Bridgeman, 5th Earl of Bradford". Retrieved 17 November 2006.
  11. ^ The Times (36812). London. 5 July 1902. p. 11. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "The New Prime minister". The Times (36820). London. 15 July 1902. p. 9.
  13. ^ Portraits of (Helen) Diana (Bridgeman), Lady Abdy at the National Portrait Gallery, London

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Preceded by
The Lord Herschell
New government
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Bradford
Earl of Bradford
2nd creation
Succeeded by
Gerald Bradford