Bridgnell, William an English Wesleyan missionary, son of the preceding, was educated at Woodhouse Grove. He was converted in early life; accepted for the ministry in 1822; sent to Ceylon; labored at Kaornegalle, Negombo, Matura, Galle, and Caltura, and after twenty-five years' service returned with broken health. After three years' rest he resumed the work in his native land, and continued it until 1857, when he retired to his daughter's house in Edinburgh. He died April 19, 1858, in his fifty-eighth year. Mr. Bridgnell was humble, yet possessed of real dignity; meek and patient under trials, yet firmly maintaining right and truth. See Minutes of the British Conference, 1858.