Richard Burton Phillipson

Richard Burton-PhillipsonRichard Burton Phillipson (1722-1792), as Richard Burton, took the additional name of Phillipson about 1767. Born about 1722 and began his military career in 1744 as a cornet in Sir Robert Rich’s Dragoons and, after a brief spell as cornet in the Duke of Kingston’s Horse, in 1746 joined the First, or Royal, Regiment of Dragoons as Lieutenant and on 25 July 1758 appointed a major of a Brigade of troops going to Germany. Member of Parliament for Eye November 1762-March 1768 and from April 1770 until his death. By 1779 Phillipson held the rank of Major-General and that year was Colonel in Chief of the 20th Light Dragoons, but four years later when the regiment was reduced was placed on half-pay. In 1785 promoted Colonel of the 3rd Dragoons and in 1787 promoted Lieut. General. He subscribed from Ipswich for a copy George Cartwright’s A Journal of Transactions…sixteen years on the Coast of Labrador (London 1792). He died unmarried at his home Spring Gardens on 18 August 1792 and buried in St Helen’s church, Ipswich where there is a memorial tablet on the north wall:-

‘To the Memory of Richard Burton Phillipson, Esquire, Lieutenant General of his Majesty’s Forces, Colonel of the third Regiment of Dragoon Guards and one of the Representatives in Parliament for the Borough of Eye in this County, who departed this Life the 18th day of August 1792, aged 68 years.’

Whitton Hall Estate

The original plan of the estate of Whitton Hall, Thurleston from the papers of Richard Burton Phillipson at SRO/I (HB8/1/141).

Whitton Hall Table

197 acres 1 rod 26 poles