Name: Henry Bridges
Birth: ABT 1534 1
Death: 24 JAN 1615
Burial: Church of the Holy Rood, Avening, Gloucestershire
Residence: Avening Court, Avening, Gloucestershire 2
Occupation: Pirate and possibly highwayman
MEM: Avening, Gloucestershire: effigy
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Change Date: 21 SEP 2010
Inscription in Avening church:
Here lieth the body of Henry Brydgis Esquier, sonn to Iohn Lord Chavndos Baron of Shevdley, who departed this life the 24 day of Iannvari Anno.Dom.1615.
There are many local traditions connected with Henry Brydges one of which was that he was a notorious highwayman. He was said to have "followed the life of a freebooter, indulging in deeds of lawlessness and robbery almost surpassing our modern powers of belief. We can readily imagine how the almost impassable roads, thick woods, and broken ground must have aided the young nobleman in his first steps as a freebooter."
He was also a pirate as recorded in his pardon granted by James I. in 1611:
"And whereas Henry Bydges of Avening County of Gloucester, and others on the 20th day of February, in the 23rd year of the reign of Her Majesty Elizabeth, late Queen of England, France, and Ireland, did arm and supply with gunpowder, picks, darts and other weapons of a warlike nature, the aforesaid ships called the Salamander, of the port of Bristol and the Mary Grace, of Penzance, and did feloniously send the same to sea, and support, aid and abet John Kirkham and Thomas Maid, the respective captains and others their accomplices and associates, in perpetrating piracy on the aforesaid ship the Whalefishe and its cargo of salt, hemp and coined metal..."
Baldwin made the kneeling effigy of Henry Brydges f 1615 at Avening (c), the recumbent effigies of Lord and Lady Berkeley at Berkeley (v) f 1615, the Kingston monument at Miserden (c) f 1614, and kneeling effigies of the Partridges...
Father: John Brydges b: 9 MAR 1492 in Cubberley, Gloucestershire
Mother: Elizabeth Grey
- Mary Bridges b: in Avening, Gloucestershire
- Type: Web Site
Author: Jorge H. Castelli
- Type: Book
Periodical: Victoria County History of Gloucestershire