PHELIPS, Edward (?1677-1734), of Montacute, Som.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1708 - 1715
1722 - 1727

Family and Education

b. ?1677, s. of Capt. John Phelips of Kilpatrick, Ireland, and London by Alice Molyneux. educ. Trinity, Oxf. 23 Apr. 1695, aged 17; L. Inn 1695. m. (1) c.1702, his cos. Ann, da. and coh. of Sir Edward Phelips, M.P., of Montacute, 1s. 2da; (2) c.1720, her sis. Elizabeth, da. and coh. of Sir Edward Phelips, 3s. 1da. suc. uncle Sir Edward Phelips to Montacute 1699, and to fa.’s properties in England 1701.1

Offices Held

Comptroller of the mint June 1711-Dec. 1714.


Edward Phelips was descended from Sir Edward Phelips, speaker of the House of Commons and master of the rolls, who built Montacute at the end of the sixteenth century. After representing Ilchester under Anne as a Tory, he stood unsuccessfully for it in 1715, subsequently bringing an action against the bailiff for refusing him a copy of the poll.2 In 1721 his name was sent to the Pretender as a probable supporter in the event of a rising.3 He was returned unopposed for the county in 1722 but did not stand in 1727. He was buried at Montacute, 13 May 1734.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Shirley Matthews


  • 1. PCC 143 Dyer, John Phelips’s Irish properties went to his wife.
  • 2. The Case of the Defendant in the Writ of Error. Thomas Smith, bailiff of the borough of Ilchester ... plaintiff. Edward Phelipps defendant.
  • 3. Stuart mss 65/16.