Colwyn Philipps, 3rd Viscount St Davids

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Colwyn Jestyn John Philipps, 3rd Viscount St Davids Bt, (30 January 1939 – 26 April 2009), was a British businessman, Conservative politician and writer on music. Besides his viscountcy, he also held the older titles of Baron Strange of Knockin (1299), Baron Hungerford (1426), and Baron de Moleyns(1445), & the Baronetcy of Picton Castle (1621). He was also a co-heir to the barony of Grey de Ruthyn.

Background and education[edit]

Philipps was the son of Jestyn Philipps, 2nd Viscount St Davids and Doreen Guinness Jowett. He was educated at Dulwich College Preparatory School, Sevenoaks School and at King's College London where he took a Certificate in Advanced Musical Studies in 1989.


Philipps was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Welsh Guards before he became a partner in the London stockbroking firm of Scrimgeour Kemp-Gee, which was later absorbed by Citicorp. He had a keen interest in music, both historically and as a manuscript collector (at one point owning the largest private collection in existence).[1] He specialized in the life and works of Rossini, contributed to "Music & Letters" [2] (along with various other musicological works) and was the bibliographer of the Rossini Foundation in Pesaro, Italy.

Lord St Davids succeeded his father in the viscountcy in 1991. He served under John Major as a Lord-in-Waiting from 1992 to 1994 and was a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords from 1995. He was the only Conservative member of the Welsh National Assembly Advisory Group, and his work in relation to Welsh devolution was described by Dafydd Elis-Thomas (Welsh Assembly Presiding Officer) as "the most significant contribution of any Welsh Conservative politician to the cause of devolution; If Ron Davies was the architect of devolution, Colwyn was his enthusiastic draughtsman. His encouragement was unstinting".[3] As an hereditary peer, he was excluded from the House by the House of Lords Act 1999.


Lord St Davids married Augusta Victoria Correa y Larraín (Chilean from Santiago) in 1965. They had two children:

St Davids died in April 2009, aged 70, and was succeeded by his eldest son. The requiem mass held at his funeral at St. Davids Cathedral on 6 May 2009 is known to be the first Roman Catholic Mass to be celebrated there since the Reformation.[4]


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Political offices
Preceded by
The Baroness Denton of Wakefield
Succeeded by
The Lord Lucas
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jestyn Philipps
Viscount St Davids
Succeeded by
Rhodri Philipps