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Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges, 1st Baronet (30 November 1762 – 8 September 1837) was an English bibliographer and genealogist. He was also Member of Parliament for Maidstone from 1812 to 1818.[1]

Sir Egerton Brydges, Bt
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Born(1762-11-30)30 November 1762
Wootton, Kent
Died8 September 1837(1837-09-08) (aged 74)
Occupationbibliographer, genealogist, Member of Parliament for Maidstone from 1812 to 1818

Educated at Maidstone Grammar School and The King's School, Canterbury, Brydges was admitted to Queens' College, Cambridge in 1780, though he did not take a degree.[2] He was called to the bar from the Middle Temple in 1787.[2] He wrote some novels and poems, now forgotten, but rendered valuable service through his bibliographical publications, Censura Literaria, Titles and Opinions of Old English Books (10 vols. 1805-9), his editions of Edward Phillips's Theatrum Poetarum Anglicanorum (1800), Arthur Collins's Peerage of England (1812), and of many rare Elizabethan authors. He was a founding member of the Roxburghe Club, a publishing club of wealthy bibliophiles. He was elected a Knight Grand Commander of the Equestrian, Secular, and Chapterial Order of St. Joachim in 1807, at a Chapter held in Franconia.[3]

In 1789, the Chandos barony became dormant. Egerton Brydges attempted to claim the title, initially on behalf of his older brother Rev. Edward Tymewell Brydges, then later on his own behalf. The litigation continued from 1790 to 1803, before the claims were ultimately rejected, but he continued to style himself per legem terrae Baron Chandos of Sudeley. It seems likely that not only was the claim groundless but that the evidence was forged.[citation needed]

He was made a baronet on 27 December 1814.[4][3] He died in Geneva.


  1. ^ Wroth, Warwick William (1886). "Brydges, Samuel Egerton" . In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 7. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 164–166.
  2. ^ a b "Bridges or Brydges, Samuel Egerton (BRGS780SE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ a b "The British Herald" by Robson, Thomas. [from old catalog]. Published 1830. Topics: Heraldry.
  4. ^ "No. 16969". The London Gazette. 27 December 1814. p. 2535.

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Parliament of England
Preceded by
George Longman
George Simson
Member of Parliament for Maidstone
1812 – 1818
With: George Simson
Succeeded by
George Longman
Abraham Wildey Robarts
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Denton Court)
1814 – 1837
Succeeded by
John William Egerton-Barrett-Brydges