Death date for Catherine Bridges, first wife of Oliver Lambart of Ireland
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2019-12-04 18:43:51 UTC
Oliver Lambart was an ancestor of the Princess of Wales, but by a second wife, Eleanor Crane, married by license in Sept. 1671, as indicated by Richard Evans' book on Diana's ancestry. Evans does not give a date of death for the first wife, Catherine Bridges.

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 [16]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."
2019-12-05 20:15:32 UTC
Catherine's father, John Bridges, was of Alcester, Warw., and Hurcott, NOT Hirriot, Worcestershire. At least, per his sketch as a Member of Parliament for co. Worcester ...


The diarist John Evelyn noted, apparently in or around 1648, "this day sold my Mannor of <Hurcott> for 3400 pounds to one Mr. Bridges ..."


John Bridges later sold the advowson of Hurcott to the ironmaster Thomas Foley.
2019-12-05 20:43:26 UTC
Doug's Holyoke article, in _NEHGR_, 147: 33-34, shows an Elizabeth Wilcox, half-sister of American immigrant Edward1 Holyoke, married to John Bridges, gent., of Alcester, co. Warwick, with the following children:

(1) John Bridges, b. 1610, "living in 1655 at Hurcott, Kidderminster, co. Worcester" per Doug
(2) Elizabeth Bridges
(3) Robert Bridges, bapt. 28 Sept. 1614 at Alcester (i.e., his age only slightly "off" for the Finglas monumental inscription)

(4) William Bridges, (5) Elisha Bridges, (6) Matthew Bridges, (11) Brooke Bridges, plus various daughters.
2019-12-05 21:26:55 UTC
Some years later there was erected another mural monument of a similar design to the memory of Colonel Robert Bridges. It has five urns on the summit standing on the left a child holds a trumpet with the word "resurgent" on the banner, and rests its foot upon a skull, and on the right a child holds also a trumpet, and rests its foot upon an hour-glass, while weeping. Above a crest there is wreathed a long ribbon with the initials of Colonel Bridges, his wife, and four of his sons.

[The inscription on this monument, which is also in the modern church, records the deaths of Colonel Robert Bridges in 1675 in his 63rd year, his wife Mary in 1698 in her 80th year, and nine of their children, and states that the monument was erected in 1717 by their only surviving daughter and child. It bears a crest (a blackamoor's head), and arms (argent three water bougets, sable, a crescent for difference, and bordure ermine), and was made in London by Andrew Baker.]


Three water bougets with a bordure ermine are on the Alcester gravestone of the wife of Francis Brydges (youngest brother of John and Robert, omitted in my list above).

2019-12-06 22:44:46 UTC
The following record may be for the baptism of Catherine:

Alcester, Warwickshire

--Katherne, dau. of Jhon and Margaret Bridges, bapt. 11 Feb. 1636[/37?]

(IGI Batch C03545-1)

Catherine's mother's name was Margaret Beale, not Mary Beale.

_Allegations for Marriage Licences Issued by the Bishop of London, etc._ shows:

[1635/36]. Mar. 21. John Bridges, Gent., of St. Andrew's, Holborn, Bachelor, 25, & Margaret Beale, of same, Spinster, 22; consent of father Bartholomew Beale ...

2019-12-11 00:09:32 UTC
In the library of George Brinley of Hartford, Connecticut, was ...

585. HOLYOKE (EDWARD) _of New England_. _The Doctrine of Life, or of Man's Redemtion ... with the true nature of our Lord's Sufferings, etc._, pp. (18), 426, (18), fine copy, old calf.

4o [i.e., quarto], London, 1658.

SCARCE. The author (who was of Lynn, Mass.), by his will, executed Dec. 25, 1658, gave a copy of this book to each of his sons-in-law, "as their best legacy," and "doubts not to say, it will give them a heart of all sound doctrine." The work is dedicated to the author's brother[-in-law] "John Bridges of Hackney, Esquire," his wife, and their sons, Col. John, Capt. Robert, Major William, Matthew, Brook, and Francis Bridges, Esquires.

2019-12-11 00:26:00 UTC
2019-12-11 18:18:07 UTC
Capt. Bridges "overcome" by Mr. John Gifford's "indulgenc[i]es" and fair and coloured pretences to him, to the extent of writing a letter favorable to him ...