Orlando Bridgeman, 5th Earl of Bradford 54
- Born: 6 October 1873
- Christened: 23 November 1873, Weston Under Lizard, Staffordshire 152
- Marriage: Margaret Cecilia Bruce on 21 July 1904 in Trinity Church, Chelsea 69
- Died: 21 March 1957, Weston Under Lizard, Staffordshire aged 83 13
Found in The Times, March 23, 1957
The Earl of Bradford died at his home, Weston Park, Shifnal,
Shropshire, on Thursday at the age of 83.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Orlando Bridgeman, 10th Bt., 5th Earl of Bradford and
Viscount Newport in the county of Shropshire in the peerage of the
United Kingdom, Baron Bradford, of Bradford in the peerage Great
Britain, and a Baronet of England, was born on October 6, 1873, eldest
son of the 4th Earl and Ida Annabella Frances, daughter of the 9th
Earl of Scarbrough, a Lady-in-Waiting to H.M. Queen Mary. He was an
uncle of the Duchess of Gloucester.
He was educated at Mortimer, Berkshire, Harrow, and Trinity College,
Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1896. In 1898 he became
assistant Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury. In
1900 he went to South Africa and served in the war until 1902. On his
return he was assistant Private Secretary to Arthur Balfour, who had
succeeded Lord Salisbury as Prime Minister, from 1902 to 1905, when
Balfour's Government resigned. He succeeded hsi father in 1915, and
in 1917 served in the war in France until the Armistice. In 1919 he
was appointed to be a Lord-in-Waiting to King George V and held that
post until 1924.
His main interest was in his large Shropshire property and he spent
most of his time at Shifnal. It was here that the Princess Royal
spent part of her honeymoon. He was Deputy Lieutenant for the county
and a Justice of the Peace. After he resigned his post in the
Government he seldom came to London or to the House of Lords. He was
fond of sport and, as a young man, played cricket well and was a good
shot. He was keenly interested in the Duke of York's Camps and was
associated with their organization in the Midlands.
In 1904 he married Margaret Cecilia, eldest daughter of the 2nd Lord
Aberdare and Constance Mary, only daughter of Hamilton Beckett. One
son and two daughters survive him. His wife died in 19498. The
family honours now pass to the son, Viscount Newport, who was born in
1911 and married in 1946 Mary Willoughby, elder daughter of
Lieutenant-Colonel T.H. Montgomery, D.S.O.
Noted events in his life were:
1. He appeared on the census in 1891 in Weston Park, Weston Under Lizard, Staffordshire.
2. Resided: 21 March 1957, Weston Park, Weston Under Lizard, Staffordshire. 13
3. He had an estate probated on 14 August 1957 in London. 13 Save and except settled land
4. He had an estate probated on 18 December 1957 in London. 13 Limited to settled land
Orlando married Margaret Cecilia Bruce, daughter of Henry Campbell Bruce, 2nd Baron Aberdare and Constance Mary Beckett, on 21 July 1904 in Trinity Church, Chelsea.69 (Margaret Cecilia Bruce was born in 1883 in Queen's Gate, London.)