Richard Mansel Philipps

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Richard Mansel Philipps ( May 10, 1768 - August 20, 1844 ) was a British politician.


He came from a branch of the old Welsh Mansel family . He was born Richard Mansel, the second son of Sir William Mansel, 9th Baronet , and Mary Philipps, daughter of John Philipps of Coedgain . When he became his mother's heir, he changed his name to Mansel Philipps on January 24, 1793 .


Richard Mansel entered the Royal Navy and was promoted to lieutenant in 1790 , but retired from the Navy in the fall of 1795 due to illness with the rank of commander . After his mother's death in 1811, he inherited Coedgain at Nantycaws in Carmarthenshire, his maternal grandfather's estate. On August 17, 1797, he married Caroline Hopkins , daughter and heiress of Benjamin Bond Hopkins of Painshill Park , Surrey . He invested his wife's inheritance in coal mines in the Swansea Valley . In 1798 he was mayor of Carmarthen . From 1799 to 1800 he was sheriff of Carmarthenshire and from 1802 to 1803 sheriff of Glamorgan . In the general election in 1802, he tried to run as a candidate for Carmarthenshire. His application failed, however, because he did not live in the county, but had numerous opponents there. Even his parents did not support his application. Later, his older brother William Mansel, 10th Baronet, applied for a candidacy several times without success.

In the parliamentary elections in 1806 he applied as a representative of the interests of the lawyer Henry Clifford as a candidate in Stafford in Central England and was just able to prevail against the previous mandate holder Thomas Sheridan . In the election the following year he was re-elected, but the campaign costs as well as the legal costs that he incurred in litigation for his Welsh coal mines put him in financial difficulties. When Charles O'Donnell, the Catholic Bishop of Derry in Ireland, accused him of defamation, Mansel Philipps had to defend himself on January 29, 1812 in the House of Commons against the allegations and only escaped further charges because of his parliamentary immunity . In the face of this scandal, he was not re-run as a candidate in the parliamentary election of 1812 and withdrew from politics.


From his marriage to Caroline Hopkins he had two sons and a daughter:

  • Harriette Mansel
  • Courtenay Mansel (1801-1875)
  • Edward Berkeley Mansel (1803–1879)

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Commander Richard Philipps on , accessed August 19, 2015.