General John William Egerton, 7th Earl of Bridgewater

The distinctive face of John Egerton gives him the appearance more of a clergyman than a soldier. In fact he was the son of the Bishop of Durham, born on 14 April 1753, and grandson of the Bishop of Hereford. The family home was at Ashridge House. The print of the Earl was made in 1805 by H Edridge and shows him in the uniform of the 14th Light Dragoons.

1771 Commissioned into 7th Dragoons
1776 Captain
1777 MP for Morpeth
1779 Major in 22nd Light Dragoons
1780 MP for Brackley
1781 Exchanged to 20th Light Dragoons
1782 Lieutenant-Col commanding 21st Light Dragoons
1783 Married Charlotte Haynes (no children)
1790 Lieutenant-Colonel commanding 7th Light Dragoons
1793 Colonel
1795 Major-General
1796 Command of Eastern District of England
1797 Colonel of 14th Light Dragoons, 1 June.
1802 Lieutenant-General
1803 Succeeded to 7th Earl of Bridgewater
1812 General
1823 Died on 21 October

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