2019-12-04 18:43:51 UTC
Maighread Ni Mhurchadha, ed., _The Vestry Records of the United Parishes of Finglas, St Margaret's, Artane and the Ward, 1657-1758_ (Dublin, 2007), p. 170, gives her burial record from Finglas:
Mrs. Kath<e>rin Lambert wife to Esqr Oliver Lambert of balligalls was buried at Finglas January the 7th 70 by Peter Manbye p[ar]son and vicker of finglas
There are also a few baptisms and deaths of her children among these scanty and obviously incomplete VRs; Catherine Bridges Lambart is said to have no descendants, except through her daughter Elizabeth (Lambart) Wakely.
Who was Catherine? Lodge's _Peerage of Ireland_ states she was "daughter of John Bridges of Hirriot in Worcestershire, and of Alcester in Warwickshire, Esq. (by Mary his wife, daughter of Bartholomew Beale, of Walton in Shropshire Esq.) sister to John Bridges of Barton in Northamptonshire ..."
The statement about Alcester caught my eye, because of my theory that Capt. Robert Bridges of New England, formerly of Alcester, is the same Col. Robert Bridges buried 1675 under a grand monument at Finglas. The _DAB_ sketch of Robert Bridges of Lynn is almost certainly wrong in claiming he died in New England. There is no record, nor mention, of his death there, and in fact a positive statement that the Bridges of Ireland was once in New England. The Mather Papers contains a 1678 letter from Ireland to Increase Mather in Boston with this sentence: "There comes Supercargoe of this Vessell a young man, Mr Chetewode, who hath been, & I think is still servant to one of Mr. Bridges sons, once of New Engl., now in heaven."
That is, Mr. Bridges himself, not sons, was once in New England, but now in heaven (i.e., deceased).
As I've indicated, a tiny photograph of the Robert Bridges 1675 memorial at Finglas is reproduced in Homan Potterton's book on Irish monuments--I am unable to read it.
Fortunately, the text of the Bridges monument is given on p. 372 of the following ...
This M.I. is to Col. Robert Bridges and his wife Mary (presumably nee Woodcock). Col. Bridges died 29 Sept. 1675 in his 63rd year; Mary died 1698, aged 80, in London and was buried in St. Pancras there.
Their children were Elisha, Samuel, Brooke, Nathaniel, John, Robert, Matthew, and William Bridges (William stated to be buried in the Tower of London). Daughters were one who died at birth (no name provided) and Elizabeth, who erected the grand monument at Finglas in 1717. There is a mention of arms, but no description is given
The following are the Bridges' vital events listed out in _Vestry Records of the United Parishes of Finglas, St Margaret's, Artane, etc. ..._:
"Elisha Bridges sonne to Rob[er]t Bridges of Finglass was buried the 6th day of Aprill 1668."
"Nathaniell Bridges <was> sonne to Rob[er]t Bridges of Finglasse was buried June the 27th 1668."
There is also a marriage for a Sarah Bridges who was probably a relation, not child, of Robert and Mary (Woodcock) Bridges.
"Thomas Lake & Sarah Bridges weere married at finglas by Mr Rich[ard] Bird the twenty first day of November Anno Dom[ini] 1667."