Bridget Bendish, the granddaughter of Oliver Cromwell of England, and the daughter of Gen. Ireton, born about 1650, died in 1727. In her early years she lived at Cromwell's court, and was present at the audiences he gave to foreign ambassadors. She bore a wonderful resemblance to the protector, physically and morally; her energy was immense; she would work for days together without sleeping; had uncommon conversational powers; was liable to periodic attacks of religious ecstasy; and managed her salt works at Southtown, in Norfolk, with great exactness. She could never bear to hear her grandfather evil spoken of, and one day when travelling in the stage coach a tory squire so committed himself, not knowing in whose presence he was; she jumped out at the next stage, snatched a sword from another fellow passenger, and challenged the royalist gentleman to a duel. She would sometimes drive her carriage into Yarmouth, and spend an evening at the assembly rooms in that city, where her princely manners, venerable aspect, and imposing energy of voice and manner recalled the protector.

A memoir of her by a local physician has been preserved, and translated into French by Guizot.