Francis Henry Egerton (8th earl of Bridgewater)

1756–1829

Scholar and patron of learning. His literary works, many on his notable ancestors, were mostly printed for private circulation. Bequeathed 8000 guineas in his will to commission works illustrating the "goodness of God as manifested in the Creation"; the money to be divided among eight persons. The resulting essays have become known as the Bridgewater treatises. FRS 1781.

Sources: DNB Topham, J. R. 1993

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