RASHLEIGH, Philip (1689-1736), of Menabilly, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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1710 - 1722

Family and Education

bap. 13 July 1689, 1st surv. s. of Jonathan Rashleigh* by his 2nd w.; bro. of Jonathan Rashleigh†.  educ. Winchester 1704–6; New College Oxf. 1707. unmsuc. fa. 1702.1

Offices Held

Recorder, Fowey 1714–d.2


Rashleigh succeeded to his father’s estates when a minor. He appears to have been resident in London in December 1702 and subsequently attended Winchester. Some degree of conflict seems to have surrounded his affairs which were left in the hands of his uncles, Jonathan Rashleigh (d. 1706), of Corner Hall, Hertfordshire, Sir Richard Carew, 4th Bt. (d. 1703), and Canon Nicholas Kendall. Having turned 21 just before the 1710 election, Rashleigh was returned for Liskeard, presumably on the interest of Bishop Trelawny, rather than on his family’s interest at Fowey, which seems to have been put at the disposal of the Granvilles. As a new Member he was classed as ‘doubtful’ in the ‘Hanover list’ of this Parliament, but was listed in 1711 as one of the ‘worthy patriots’ who helped to detect the mismanagements of the previous administration. He was an inactive Member, and on one occasion, on 26 May 1712, was granted a month’s leave. He was classed as a Tory in the Worsley list and on two lists comparing the 1713 and 1715 Parliaments. He continued to vote with the Tories after 1715, but retired from the Commons in 1722. Rashleigh died on 12 Aug. 1736.3

Ref Volumes: 1690-1715

Authors: Eveline Cruickshanks / Stuart Handley


  • 1. E. W. Rashleigh, Fowey, 30; Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 392–3.
  • 2. J. Keast, Fowey, 148.
  • 3. Cornw. RO, Rashleigh mss DDR (S) 1/79, 88, 891, John Rashleigh to Edward Ellis, 7 Dec. 1702, 13 Nov. 1705, 28 July 1703; DDR (S) 1/882, 96, Canon Kendall to Ellis, 21 Dec. 1702, 11 Nov. 1704; Vivian, 393.