Bridgewater, Francis Henry Egerton

Bridgewater, Francis Henry Egerton eighth Earl of, an English clergyman and author, was born November 11, 1756. and educated at Eton and All-Souls' College, Oxford, where he graduated as master of arts in 1780. In the same year he became prebendary of Durham, and in the following year rector of Middle in Shropshire. In 1797 he was collated to the rectory of Whitchurch in the same county. He succeeded to his brother's titles in 1823, and died April 11, 1829. He resided entirely at Paris for many years previous to his death. He published several works, literary and historical (for which see Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.); but the most enduring monument to his memory is his bequest for the publication of the Bridgewater Treatises (q.v.).

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