Frowde, Philip

Philip Frowde was Secretary to the Duchess of York in 1660 and was knighted in 1665. Also in 1665, he became the Commissioner of Prizes during the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665 – 1667). He was Postmaster General in London in 1666 during the Great Fire of London when 400 streets and 13,000 houses were destroyed, but it is reputed that he never lost a letter! In 1671 he was one of the first Commissioners of Wine Licences. He was described as a man of slow wit and dim understanding. He married, firstly, Eleanor Lowther. Secondly, he married Margaret Oneile and had four sons and one daughter. His third wife was Margaret Ashburnham and had four sons.

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