Bridges Nanfan, MP (c.1622 - 1704) MP

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Death: Died in Birtsmorton, Worcestershire, England
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About Bridges Nanfan, MP

Bridges Nanfan was born circa 1622.1 He married Catharine Hastings, daughter of Sir George Hastings and Seymour Prynne, on 15 November 1660 at St. Dionis Backchurch, London, England.2 He died on 4 June 1704.1 Bridges Nanfan lived at Birtsmorton, Worcestershire, England.1

Child of Bridges Nanfan and Catharine Hastings

  • Catherine Nanfan+1 b. 9 Feb 1665, d. 12 Mar 1737/38


  • [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 107. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • [S3470] Marian Hastings, "re: Hastings Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 31 Deember 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Hastings Family."
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  • NANFAN, Bridges (1623-1704), of Birtsmorton, Worcs.
  • ConstituencyDatesWORCESTERSHIRE1681WORCESTER1685
  • Family and Education
  • bap. 25 Mar. 1623, 1st s. of John Nanfan of Birtsmorton by Mary, da. of Edward Fleet alias Waldegrave of Worcester. educ. Balliol, Oxf. 1640, I. Temple 1647. m. 15 Nov. 1660, Catherine (d. 8 Dec. 1702), da. and coh. of Sir George Hastings of Smithfield, London, 1da. suc. fa. 1677.1
  • Offices Held
  • Commr. for assessment, Worcs. 1664-80, 1689, j.p. 1678-d., dep. lt. 1690-bef. 1701.2
  • Biography
  • Nanfan was descended from an illegitimate son of Sir Richard Nanfan (d.1507), to whom the family estate of Birtsmorton was bequeathed. His father, though nominated to the commission of array, did not act, but Nanfan compounded in 1651 for his delinquency in the first Civil War, and paid a fine of £80 on his small estate. His father held local office throughout the Interregnum; he represented the county in the second Protectorate Parliament, the first of the family to sit, and was narrowly defeated at Worcester in 1661; but apart from a visit to France in 1658, nothing further is known of Nanfan himself until the exclusion crisis. He was returned unopposed for the county in 1681 on the nomination of Thomas Foley II; but he can hardly have been a rabid exclusionist since he remained on the commission of the peace, and was elected for Worcester with court support in 1685. He left no trace on the records of either Parliament. In 1688 the King’s electoral agents recommended him for re-election as a court candidate of ‘good character and interest’. When his son-in-law Lord Coloony (Richard Coote) joined the Prince of Orange, Nanfan disclaimed responsibility, alleging that his daughter’s marriage had been made without his consent. He is not known to have stood after the Revolution and died on 4 June 1704. He was buried at Birtsmorton, the last of his family to sit in Parliament.3
  • Ref Volumes: 1660-1690
  • Authors: Edward Rowlands / Geoffrey Jaggar
  • Notes
  • 1. Trans. Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. x. 220; St. Dionis Backchurch (Harl. Soc. Reg. iii), 36.
  • 2. CSP Dom. 1690-1, p. 165.
  • 3. Trans. Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. x. 218-20; VCH Worcs. iv. 31; Townshend’s Diary (Worcs. Rec. Soc.), i. 33, 70; ii. 70, 78, 85; HMC 5th Rep. 299-300; Cal. Comm. Comp. 2785; CSP Dom. 1657-8, p. 553; 1685, p. 23; Bagford Ballads ed. Ebsworth, ii. 1000; Prot. Intell. 28 Feb. 1681; HMC Hastings, ii. 184.
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______________________ Sir Richard Nanfan died in 1506–7. (fn. 53) He left no legitimate children, but a natural son John Nanfan succeeded to Birtsmorton according to his father's will (fn. 54) after a suit with Sir Richard's widow. (fn. 55) John's heir was his son William, who died in 1572 and was succeeded by his son Giles, (fn. 56) who settled the manor in 1582 on himself and his second wife Elizabeth. (fn. 57) He died at Berrow in 1614, and, his son William having predeceased him in 1612, was succeeded by his grandson John Nanfan. (fn. 58) The latter died about 1677 (fn. 59) and was followed by his son Bridges, (fn. 60) who had been obliged to compound for delinquency in 1651. (fn. 61) Bridges represented the county in the Parliaments of 1680–1 and 1685. (fn. 62) He died in 1704. (fn. 63) His only daughter and heir Catherine married four times, her first husband being Richard Coote, second Lord Coloony and first Earl of Bellomont, (fn. 64) who was Governor of New York, where he died in 1700. Their eldest son Nanfan died in 1708; the earldom then passed to his younger brother Richard, (fn. 65) who in 1713 was lord of Birtsmorton, (fn. 66) possibly acting for his mother, whom he succeeded in the estate on her death in 1737. (fn. 67) He died in 1766, and Lady Judith Coote, his only surviving child, inherited Birtsmorton .... etc.

  • .... On the south side of the chancel is a mural monument to Bridges Nanfan (d. 1704) and his wife Catherine (d. 1702) daughter of Sir George Hastings,and on the opposite side a large marble monument,with full-length reclining figure, to William Caldwell, Rear-Admiral of the Red Squadron in the Baltic, who died at Birtsmorton in 1718. He was the second husband of Catherine Countess of Bellomont, daughter of Bridges Nanfan. She died in 1737,and is also commemorated on the monument.
  • From: 'Parishes: Birtsmorton', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 4 (1924), pp. 29-33. URL: Date accessed: 28 March 2014.



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Bridges Nanfan, MP's Timeline

November 15, 1660
Age 38
St. Dionis Backchurch, London, Middlesex, England
February 9, 1665
Age 43
June 4, 1704
Age 82
Birtsmorton, Worcestershire, England