George Brydges, 6th Baron Chandos

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The Lord Chandos
Inscription on the leaden coffin of George Brydges, 6th Baron Chandos of Sudeley
Inscription on the leaden coffin of George Brydges, 6th Baron Chandos of Sudeley
Inscription on the lead coffin of George Brydges
Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
In office
MonarchCharles I
Preceded bySpencer Compton, 2nd Earl of Northampton
Succeeded byEnglish Interregnum
Personal details
Sudeley Castle
Died6 February 1655
Resting placeSt. Mary's Church, Sudeley Castle
  • Jane Savage
  • Susan Montagu
Military service
Battles/warsFirst English Civil War

George Brydges, 6th Baron Chandos (1620–1655), was the son of Grey Brydges, 5th Baron Chandos (c. 1580 – 10 August 1621) and Lady Anne Stanley, a descendant of King Henry VIII's sister, Princess Mary Tudor. George's stepfather was Mervyn Tuchet, 2nd Earl of Castlehaven. In 1621, George succeeded his father as Baron Chandos, being only one year old.

George was a supporter of King Charles I of England, during his struggle with Parliament, and distinguished himself at the first Battle of Newbury in 1643.[1] Afterwards, he fought in the west of England. At the close of the First English Civil War, he paid a large fine to Parliament.

In 1649, after the end of the civil war, Parliament ordered the slighting of his residence, Sudeley Castle, to ensure that it could never again be used as a military post. In 1650, he received some financial compensation for the loss of the castle but not enough for reconstruction. The castle remained semi-derelict.[2][3]

George Brydges firstly married Lady Susan Montagu, daughter of Henry Montagu, 1st Earl of Manchester, by whom he had three daughters, and secondly, Lady Jane Savage, daughter of John Savage, 2nd Earl Rivers, by whom he had another three daughters. His brother, William Brydges, succeeded him as 7th Baron Chandos. William died in 1676, and was succeeded as 8th Baron by a kinsman, James Brydges, who was English ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, from 1680 to 1685.[1]

On 13 May 1653, George killed Colonel Henry Compton, son of Sir Henry Compton, in one of the first recorded duels at Putney, and was tried and found guilty of manslaughter on 17 May 1654 after a long imprisonment. On 6 February 1655, he died of smallpox, and was buried at Sudeley Castle, his residence.


  1. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Chandos, Barons and Dukes of s.v. John Brydges, 1st Baron Chandos". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 838.
  2. ^ Dent, Emma (1877). Annals of Winchcombe and Sudeley. Sudeley Castle. pp. 285–286.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  3. ^ "History". Sudeley Castle. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
Political offices
Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
with The Earl of Northampton
English Interregnum
Peerage of England
Preceded by Baron Chandos
2nd creation
Succeeded by