Phelips, Robert

Robert was the second son of Sir Robert Phelips of Montacute House in Somerset, and his wife Bridget, the daughter of Sir Thomas Gorges of Longford, Wiltshire. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford from 1634 to 1637, and entered the Inner Temple in 1637. During the Civil War, he was an officer in the Royalist Army, being a Colonel of the horse from 1643. He was present at the Battle of Wardour Castle and helped HM Charles II escape after the Battle of Worcester. In 1653 he planned to support a Royalist invasion by capturing a seaport to be used as a beachhead, but was arrested. He escaped and went into exile abroad. In 1660 he became a Freeman of Portsmouth and was Warden of Salcey Forest. The following year he became Groom of the Bedchamber to HM Charles II, he was called to the bar, and he was elected MP for Stockbridge. In 1662 he was involved with the drainage of the fenland, in particular the Bedford Level. In 1685 he was elected MP for Andover and was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1687 to 1689. Sometime before 1653, he married his cousin Agneta, daughter of Sir Robert Gorges of Redlynch and had issue two sons and three daughters.

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