PHILLIPPS, Ambrose (?1707-37), of Garendon Park, Leics.
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Family and Education
b. ?1707, 1st s. of William Phillipps of Garendon by Jane, da. of Sir Samuel Dashwood, M.P., ld. mayor of London 1703. educ. Magdalen, Oxf. 18 July 1724, aged 16. unm. suc. fa. 1729.
Phillipps’s grandfather, Sir Ambrose Phillipps, an eminent lawyer, purchased Garendon in 1683 for £28,000. His own father, a Turkey merchant as well as a country gentleman, who further increased the family fortune,1 was included in a list of leading Jacobites sent to the Pretender in 1721.2 After leaving the university, Phillipps travelled extensively in France and Italy, where he acquired a taste for and knowledge of architecture, which he applied in designing the gardens and extensions of the house at Garendon.3 Returned as a Tory for Leicestershire at a by-election in 1734, he voted against the Government on the repeal of the Septennial Act. He died 6 Nov. 1737, aged 30.