George Philips

?1599-1696; Irish writer and Gov. of Londonderry [Derry], inherited Sir Thomas’s estate at Newtown Limavady; sent word to Derry garrison, as recorded by the sheriffs of that city, received the first intelligence of the general insurrection of the papists from our much honoured friend George Philips Esq.’ (Treasury Papers, 19th Jan. 1688-89); Philips resigned his Governorship to Lundy, and acted as an intermediary with King William, carrying a letter which decided the town against surrender; he wrote The Interest of England in the Preservation of Ireland, humbly presented to the Parliament of England, a quarto pamphlet (15 July 1689), and other papers. He was ruined by the war, his house being burned; Father of William Philips, infra. ODNB.

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