Thomas PHILLIPS

Male 1792 - 1872  (79 years)


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  • Name Thomas PHILLIPS  [1
    Born 02 Jul 1792  32 Cannon Street, Manchester, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • a Natural born child.
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 22 Jul 1792  Manchester Collegiate Church, Manchester, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Created 27 Jul 1821 
    Baronet 
    Appointed 1825  [1
    High Sheriff of Worcestershire. 
    Died 06 Feb 1872  Thirlestane House, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried Church of St Aldhelm and St Eadburgha, Broadway, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12336  Silk Weavers and Stay Makers
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2016 

    Father Thomas PHILLIPS,   b. 1742,   d. 1818  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Hannah WALTON 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F3491  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Henrietta Elizabeth MOLYNEUX,   b. Abt 1795,   d. 1832  (Age ~ 37 years) 
    Married 07 Feb 1819  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. Maria Sophia PHILLIPS,   d. 26 Feb 1858  [Natural]
    +2. Henrietta Elizabeth Molyneux PHILLIPS,   b. Abt 1820, Upper Brook Street, Mayfair, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1879  (Age ~ 59 years)  [Natural]
    +3. Sophia Bamfylde Foster PHILLIPS,   b. Abt 1821, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1858, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
    +4. Katharine Somerset Wittenbach PHILLIPS,   b. 26 Apr 1823, Berne, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jun 1913  (Age 90 years)  [Natural]
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F3487  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Harriet Anne MANSEL,   b. Abt 1821 
    Married 02 Jun 1842  [4
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F3490  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • From:- British Armourial Bindings, University of Toronto Libraries

      Thomas Phillipps was the son of Thomas Phillipps of Broadway in Worcestershire, and Hanna Walton.. He was educated at Rugby School and University College, Oxford, where he matriculated 1811, and took his B.A. 1815, and his Master of Arts in 1820. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society, of the Society of Antiquaries, and one of the earliest members of the Athenaeum Club, but declined election to the Roxburghe Club, on the grounds that their publications were trivial. He inherited his father’s property Middle Hill in Worcestershire in 1818. He was created a Baronet 27 July 1821. A prodigious collector of printed books, his particular mania was manuscripts, of which he amassed enormous numbers. With a view to making some of his manuscripts more accessible, he set up a private press at Middle Hill about 1822, from which he poured out a vast number of items, mostly edited by himself. He married, firstly, 7 February 1819, Harriet, daughter of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Molyneux, Baronet, and by her had three daughters. His eldest daughter, Henrietta Elizabeth Molyneux, married the Shakespearean scholar and forger John (sic) Orchard Halliwell, whom Phillipps detested. Sir Thomas married secondly in 1842, Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. W. J. Mansell. In 1862, Phillipps moved his library and printing press to Thirlstane House in Cheltenham. By his will, he left Thirlstane House and his books, manuscripts, and other collections to his youngest daughter, Katherine Somerset Wyttenbach, wife of John Edward Addison Fenwick. They have since been dispersed by private treaty and public auction, the first of the Phillipps manuscript sales taking place at Sotheby's in July 1891. The printed books were sold in three sales at Sotheby's in August 1886, January 1889, and December 1891.

      Seat / Residence(s): Middle Hill, Worcestershire, Thirlstane House, Gloucestershire

      Library Auction Details: Sotheby's (August 1886, January 1889, December 1891)

  • Sources 
    1. [S537] Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 45.

    2. [S536] British Armourial Bindings, University of Toronto Libraries.

    3. [S540] Sheffield Independent Newspaper, 09 February 1872, Death Notice.

    4. [S84] Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press.