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  • ID: I11714
  • Name: Thomas Philips
  • Suffix: Kt
  • Prefix: Sir
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: c1558
  • Death: 15 AUG 1636 in London, England 1
  • Residence: Hammersmith, Middlesex, England
  • HONO: 1604-9
  • Note: Knighted
  • LVG: 1604-1622
  • Note: Map of Londonderry drawn by him 1662
  • Occupation: Chief Agent in Ulster for City of London
  • Note: 1 2 3 1 1

    Sir Thomas Phillips of Hammersmith and Limavady.
    Frank Phillips. In Irish Genealogist, vol. 7 no. 1, 1986, pp 7-16.
    (Which, from a reference in ?Where a man can go: Major General William Phillips, British Royal ... ?Robert P. Davis - 1999, would seem to suggest he descended from Meredith, Lord of Cilsant in the 15th Century.)
    Sir Thomas Phillips of Limavady, Servitor, by T. W . Moody, in Irish Historical Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Mar., 1939), pp. 251-272.
    Heads the pedigree of Philips of Glenview in BLG 1863, with no indications of his origins.
    "A key figure in the venture was Sir Thomas Phillips (c1558-1636), a `pushing soldier-of-fame' who had seen service in France and seems first to have arrived in Ireland in 1599 where he was involved in the Nine Years' War. Through the influence of Robert Cecil (with whom he seems to have remained on good terms), Phillips served as an officer under Chichester, who soon came to respect Phillips's competence and qualities. In 1602 Phillips led troops in a successful assault on Tyrone's fortress at Toome, and was rewarded with the command of the castle and fort there, with a Company of 150 Foot. After Tyrone's submission Phillips was put in charge of the priory in Coleraine in 1604 which until that time still functioned as such.....In 1607 Phillips was knighted, and by 1608 was military superintendent of the county of Coleraine and Glenconkeyne."
    Limavady is situated on the river Roe 12 miles south west of Coleraine. It is in the parish of Drumachose and in the barony of Keenaght. The town was founded, during the plantation years, by Sir Thomas Philips. He was the City of London's chief agent in Ulster in 1609
    Because Ulster had been the most difficult part of Ireland to control most of the province was confiscated by the crown who proceeded to distribute the bits and pieces to various friends and cronies - what you might call an early form of privatisation. For the Roe Valley all this meant that the place was carved up between four of the big London Guilds: The Fishmongers, the Grocers, the Haberdashers and the Skinners. They drew lots out of a hat for their land and felt pretty smug about it, until they heard about Captain Thomas Philips, who had taken O'Neill's castle in Toome a few years before. Sir Thomas must be the envy of every estate agent in the valley because he persuaded the crown to give him the horse pond of Limavdy, 3 500 acres of the best agricultural land in the valley.
    As part of the development of all these riches, he founded a small village, consisting of a few houses and an inn and called it 'Limma Vadde'. In 1612 the town was made a corporate borough and given the right to select two members of parliament.
    Burke's wills Vol 30, p. 33 (flm 0227871) Sir Thomas Philips of Hammersmith in Co. Middlesex, Knight, had lands at Limawady? Daughter Dorothy married to William Parsons. Other children Chichester, Thomas, Elizabeth, and Anne.
    Wife not mentioned but Alice Phillips, mother of Dorothy petitioned court for aid to her orphan grandchildren (Parsons):
    I did have him also marrying Dorothy Paulet, but there does not seem to be much evidence that Sir Thomas married Dorothy Paulet, whereas his son Dudley is said in BLG 1863 to have married a Miss Paulet.
    Bushmills Distillery was founded by a Sir Thomas Philips in 1608.
    ?Londonderry was planned in 1611 as the chief town of the Ulster Plantation in Northern Ireland. Our facsimile of a manuscript drawing by Sir Thomas Philips and Ralph Hadsor published in 1884 in John Gilbert's Facsimiles of National Manuscripts of Ireland.?
    Had one son, Thomas, who died childless and two daughters. (Lodge, Peerage of Ireland 1799 vol 7 p252) [But the same website that quotes this also gives a son Chichester, and another dau Elizabeth, as per the will.]
    BLG says he had son Dudley, whose male line descendants were living in 1863.
    Where a Man Can Go: Major General William Phillips, British Royal Artillery ... by Robert P. Davis. 1999. Page 11.
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  • Change Date: 13 OCT 2011

    Father: Generations of Philips

    Marriage 1 Alice Ussher
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Anne Or Alice Philips b: in Newtown, Limavady, Londonderry, Ireland
    2. Has Children Dorothy Philips

    1. Type: Book
      Periodical: Burkes Landed Gentry
      Date: 1863
    2. Type: Book
      Periodical: The Honourable The Irish Society and the Plantation of Ulster,1608-2000
      Author: James Stevens Curl
    3. Type: Web Site
      Title: A Short History of Limavady
      Date: 29 Oct 2001
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