Egerton, Francis, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater (1736 -1803)
Francis Egerton, 3rd and last Duke of Bridgewater, was the fifth, and youngest surviving, son of Scroope Egerton, 1st Duke of Bridgewater, and his second wife, Rachel Russell, sister of Wriothesley, 3rd Duke of Bedford. Francis succeeded his brother John in 1748, and was responsible for the making of the Bridgewater Canal, which realized a princely income for his successors. He had a number of books in the Bridgewater Library rebound with this stamp about 1800. He never married, and after his death most of his estates and the Bridgewater Library passed to George Granville, 1st Duke of Sutherland, with reversion to his grace's second son, Lord Francis Leveson Gower, who took the name and arms of Egerton, and was created Earl of Ellesmere. Duplicates from his library were sold anonymously by T. King in London 27 April 1802. The Egerton Library is now largely in the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, California.