PHILLIPS, James (1672-1730), of Carmarthen.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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4 Jan. 1725 - 1727

Family and Education

bap. 11 July 1672, 1st s. of John Phillips, alderman of Carmarthen, by Anne, da. of Thomas Newsham. m. by 1700, Jane, da. of John Scurlock of Pibwr, 1s. 2da. suc. fa. 11 Aug. 1730.

Offices Held

Mayor, Carmarthen 1709.


Phillips was the son of ‘a strenuous asserter of the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of the ancient borough of Carmarthen’,1 for which he was returned, apparently as a Tory, at a by-election in 1725. Defeated by a Whig in 1727, he petitioned, but gave up after the House of Commons had rejected a motion declaring that the franchise was in the inhabitants as well as in the freemen.2

He died 28 Nov. 1730.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick


  • 1. Carmarthenshire Mon. Inscriptions, p. v.
  • 2. CJ, xxi. 96.