GYBBON, Phillips (1678-1762), of Hole Park, Rolvenden, Kent
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Family and Education
b. 11 Oct. 1678, 1st surv. s. of Robert Gybbon of Hole Park by Elizabeth, da. of John Phillips. m. Catherine, da. of Honor Bier, 1da. suc. fa. 1719.
Surveyor gen. of the land revenues 1726-30; ld. of Treasury 1742-4.
Gybbon had considerable estates on the Kent-Sussex border which gave him an interest at Rye. Originally one of Pulteney’s lieutenants in opposition to Walpole, he became reconciled to the Pelhams, and in 1754 and 1761 was returned unopposed with Newcastle’s support. No vote or speech by him is reported between 1754 and 1762. On 9 Dec. 1760 Sir George Oxenden suggested to Lord Hardwicke that Gybbon should stand for Kent at the general election:1 ‘I dare say it would go down very well, and he might sit at home, at his age, and be chosen in his great chair.’ In July 1761 Gybbon was reported to be ‘very infirm’,2 and he died on 12 Mar. 1762.
When shortly before his death Gybbon learnt that John Norris had ‘made application to supply the vacancy at Rye’, he begged Newcastle and Hardwicke to secure the succession to his son-in-law Philip Jodrell. Hardwicke, forwarding Gybbon’s letters to Newcastle (and unsuccessfully pleading his cause) described him as ‘an old humble servant of your Grace, and an old friend of mine’;3 and after Gybbon’s death, as ‘so old and faithful a servant of the public’.4