HAWKINS, Philip (?1700-38), of Trewithen, nr. Grampound, Cornw.
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Family and Education
b. ?1700, 4th s. of Philip Hawkins of Pennance, Cornw. by Mary, da. and coh. of Richard Scobell of Menagwins, Cornw. educ. Pembroke, Camb. 7 Mar. 1716, aged 15; M. Temple 1717. m. Elizabeth Ludlow of London, s.p.
The son of an attorney, who ‘by his great pains, care and skill in that profession ... got himself a very great estate’, becoming the wealthiest lawyer in Cornwall, Hawkins purchased for £2,700 Trewithen, near Grampound,1 which he represented from 1727 until his death, voting with the Opposition in every recorded division, though he and his brother John, formerly master of Pembroke, Cambridge, acted in concert with the agents of the Administration at the elections of 1727 and 1734.2 He died 30 Aug. 1738, leaving Trewithen to his nephew Thomas, and bequeathing ‘£600 to his Majesty in lieu of his tenants having defrauded the Crown of about that sum in the customs’.3