PHILIPPS, Griffith (1715-81), of Cwmgwili, Carm.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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22 Nov. 1751 - 1761
1768 - 1774

Family and Education

b. c.1715, 1st surv. s. of Grismond Philipps of Cwmgwili by Jane, da. of Miles Stedman of Dolygaer, Brec.  educ. L. Inn 1741, called 1744.  m. (1) Avis (d. 15 Sept. 1755), da. of Gen. Brockhurst, 1s. 3da.; (2) Jan. 1757, Lucretia Elizabeth, da. of Henry Folkes of London, 1s. 3 other ch.  suc. fa. 30 May 1740.

Offices Held


Griffith Philipps was leader of the Whig group which secured control of Carmarthen in 1746. In Parliament he supported the ministries of Pelham and Newcastle. In his only recorded application for patronage from Newcastle (a customs place for his son) he wrote on 6 Sept. 1757:1

I hope your Grace will on this occasion be so good as to consider the persecutions I have for several years sustained on account of my attachment to the Government, and in particular to your Grace and your brother Mr. Pelham.

He did not stand in 1761. In the Parliament of 1768 he was a regular Government supporter, voting with them even on Grenville’s Act, 25 Feb. 1774. But he is not known to have spoken in the House. He did not stand in 1774, but retained control of Carmarthen until his death, 27 Feb. 1781.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Peter D.G. Thomas


  • 1. Add. 32873, f. 506.