Richard Philipps

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Richard Philipps
Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
Monarch George I
Personal details
Born 1661
Died 14 October 1750
Military service
Allegiance  Great Britain
Rank General
Battles/wars Battle of the Boyne

General Richard Philipps (1661 – 14 October 1750) was said to have been in the employ of William III as a young man and for his service gained the rank of Captain in the British army. He served at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and made the rank of Lt. Col. in 1712. He raised the 40th Regiment of Foot.

In 1717 he was appointed Governor of Nova Scotia by George I. He actually arrived in Annapolis Royal in 1720, created the Nova Scotia Council and in 1722 returned to England. He made another visit to Nova Scotia and persuaded the Acadian French to swear allegiance to the British Government. He returned again to England about 1731. During the early years he evidently was an active and responsible governor. After 1731 his interest in the province was much reduced. Because of absences and laterally, waning interest, the roles of those acting for the Governor were greatly enhanced. They were: John Doucett, (1717–1725); Lawrence Armstrong, (1725–1739); Alexander Cosby, 1739–1740; Paul Mascarene, (1740–1749). At that point Edward Cornwallis was appointed Governor.

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Military offices
Preceded by
John Livesay
Colonel of Philipps' Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Thomas Stanwix
New regiment Colonel of Philipps' Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Hon. Edward Cornwallis