Charles Phipps (Westbury MP)

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Phipps in 1880

Charles Nicholas Paul Phipps (4 November 1845 – 9 December 1913), of Chalcot House, Westbury, Wiltshire, was a Brazil merchant, Conservative MP for Westbury (1880–1885) and High Sheriff of Wiltshire (1888).

He was the eldest son of Charles Paul Phipps (1815–1880) and Emma Mary Benson. Having been educated at Eton, he was sent to Brazil to work for the family firm, Phipps & Co, which exported coffee from Rio de Janeiro. In 1871, following the death of his uncle, John Lewis Phipps, he became a partner in the firm.

At the 1880 general election, Phipps was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Westbury. A petition by the defeated Liberal Party candidate (and outgoing MP), Abraham Laverton, to have his election annulled on the grounds of bribery, treating and undue influence, failed. He remained MP for Westbury until 1885.

He was also a member of Wiltshire County Council and served as chairman of the Selection Committee from 1911 to 1913.[1]

Phipps died in 1913 aged 68. In 1874, he married Clare, the daughter of Sir Frederick Hervey Bathurst, of Clarendon Park, Wiltshire. They had one son and six daughters. One daughter, Norah Jacintha, married Sir John Fuller, 1st Baronet, of Neston Park, Wiltshire, and was the mother of Sir Gerard Fuller, 2nd Baronet.


  1. ^ Wiltshire County Council, Clerk's Department, at
  • Notes on the 'Westbury' Phipps Pedigrees by John C. Phipps (1983, unpublished)
  • Papers of the Phipps Family of Chalcot (1574-1988) (Ref.540), Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office
  • Burke's Landed Gentry
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Abraham Laverton
Member of Parliament for Westbury
Succeeded by
George Fuller