Charles I: Instructions to Earl of Bridgewater

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  • Reference
      GB 12 MS.Add.8448
  • Dates of Creation
      Mid 17th century (copy of original of 1633)
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  • Physical Description
      1 volume

Scope and Content

'Instructions given by our late Sovereign Lord King Charles the First to...John Earle of Bridgewater Lord President of the Councell...signed by his Ma[jes]tie at Theobalds the 12th day of May in the ninth yeare of his Ma[jes]ties reigne', 72 numbered pages. This is a copy made after 1649 from the original of 1633. The volume has the bookplate of the Duke of Beaufort, 1705.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Egerton (1579-1649), 1st Earl of Bridgewater, was born on 8 June 1579, the second son of Thomas Egerton, Viscount Brackley. After serving under the Earl of Essex in Ireland during 1599, he was Baron of the Exchequer of Chester, 1599-1605. He succeeded his father as Viscount in 1617, and that year was created Earl of Bridgewater. He joined the Privy Council in 1626, and from 1631 to 1642 was Lord President of Wales and Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, and north and south Wales. He died on 4 December 1649.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on John Egerton, 1st Earl of Bridgewater, in George Cokayne, The complete peerage, vol. III (London, 1912), pp. 311-312.

Other Finding Aids



The collection is no. 16 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 4.