Morrell was the son of Frederic Morrell, solicitor, of Black Hall, Oxford, by his wife Harriette Anne, daughter of the President of St John's College, Oxford and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, the Rev. Philip Wynter DD. The Morrell family had made its fortune as brewers of beer, and Philip Morrell's grandfather was a trustee of the family brewery. He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. He married in London, on 8 February 1902, Lady Ottoline Cavendish-Bentinck, half-sister of the Duke of Portland.
- National Probate Calendar (1943): MORRELL Philip Edward
- "Court circular". The Times (36687). London. 10 February 1902. p. 6.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Philip Morrell
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|Member of Parliament for Henley
1906 – January 1910
|Member of Parliament for Burnley
December 1910 – 1918
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