Harrow Families

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Harrow Families is a remarkable and unique historical archive and is a testament to the loyalty to Harrow School of over 800 families who have sent their sons to the Hill for several generations and, in some cases, since as far back as the middle of the seventeenth century.

The record was first devised and compiled by Major R O Bridgman, himself a member of a family who are represented in seven direct generations. Major Bridgeman’s great great grandfather, Orlando, 1st Earl of Bradford, entered Harrow in 1770, whilst his grandson Constantine, the 29th Harrovian member of the family, was Head of School in 1987-88.

In addition to compiling family trees, Major Bridgeman kept meticulous lists of members of these families who had achieved distinctions – for example, winners of the VC and Prime Ministers, as well as more local achievements such as Heads of School, Captains of Cricket and so on.