PHILPOTT, Nicholas (?1695-1732), of Newton, Herefs.
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b. ?1695, 1st s. of Nicholas Philpott of Hereford and Vowchurch, Herefs. educ. Merton, Oxf. 22 Apr. 1714, aged 18. m. bef. Apr. 1727, Elizabeth.
Philpott’s father, related to the Duke of Chandos, was prominent in Hereford politics, unsuccessfully contesting the city in 1715. In 1718 he himself successfully contested Weobley on an undertaking by Lord Coningsby that the Government would pay half his expenses. In Parliament he voted with the Administration on the repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts and the peerage bill. In a letter of 18 May 1719 to Sunderland, referring to the promise to pay half Philpott’s expenses, Coningsby wrote:
I can assure your Lordship that I have with his assistance carried that town out of the hands of the enemy not only for this time but for all succeeding elections. I therefore hope you will be pleased to give this gentleman the countenance he deserves not only for his readiness to engage in this affair but likewise for his steady behaviour in Parliament ever since he was elected.1
The letter enclosed
An account of what money Mr. Philpott expended at his election of Weobley.
|To the two returning officers||42||0||0|
|To 52 voters at £10 each||520||0||0|
|To two to be neuter||10||0||0|
|To expenses before and at the election in public houses and other expenses||120||8||9|
|To gratuities to persons who had interest and were very serviceable at the election||30||0||0|
Returned again in 1722, Philpott was put up in 1727 but withdrew on a compromise with the Tories. He died 6 July 1732, ‘having shot himself, being lunatic’.2