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The 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Additonal Information

This is pre 1820 information mainly taken from actual images of UK parish registers and other primary sources which I have personally researched. Further information about the settlers and their families once they reached the Cape can be found at

Sue Mackay

PHILIPPS, Thomas - Extra Data


Leader of PHILIPPS' Party


An article on Thomas PHILIPPS in the National Library of Wales Journal 1977 XX/1 and reproduced here says:

“On 30 July 1801 he was married at St. Mary's Islington to Charlotte Harriet ARBOUIN, of Highbury Place, Middlesex: his address was then 'City Chambers', that of his brother John. His bride was the fourth daughter of Matthew ARBOUIN, merchant of 17 Mincing Lane, son of Francis ARBOUIN, brandy merchant of the same place. Her father had died in 1792, four years after her mother. Her brothers Samuel and James were London merchants formerly engaged in the Bordeaux wine trade, and her eldest sister Sophia was the wife of another merchant, Roger HARRIES of Islington, (d. 1839) who seems to have been a relative of PHILIPPS on his mother's side, possibly even her brother. Thomas PHILIPPS remained in touch with these other HARRIES connexions of his, and in 1830 welcomed their only child, William Mathew HARRIES and his newly wedded wife, Anna Maria, youngest daughter of Abel Walford BELLAIRS of Haverfordwest, as emigrants to South Africa.”


London Metropolitan Archives


Thomas PHILIPPS married Charlotte ARBOUIN by Licence on 30 July 1801 in St.Mary, Islington

Thos. PHILIPPS (signed)

Charlotte Harriet ARBOUIN (X)

Witnesses: Roger HARRIES and P. ?LACY?


Hertfordshire Archives


Charlotte Harriott, daughter of Matthew and Sarah ARBOINE, Hatfield Parish, was baptised 10 May 1778 in Little Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire


Pembrokeshire Record Office


St.Mary's, Begelly, Pembrokeshire Baptisms 1775

Thomas, the son of the Rev Mr. Edward PHILIPPS, Rector of this parish of Begeley, and Catherine his wife, was born September 25th, privately baptised the 27th, and publicly baptised the 17th November by me William Evans, vicar of Lanha..[page torn]


Catherine, daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Harriot PHILIPPS was born September 14 1802 and christened September 19 1802 in Herbrandston, Pembrokeshire.

Edward, son of Thomas and Charlotte Harriot PHILIPPS, was born December 1st 1803 and christened December 4th 1803 in Herbrandston, Pembrokeshire.

Charlotte, daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Harriot PHILIPPS, was born and christened December 22nd 1805 in Herbrandston, Pembrokeshire

Sophia Susannah, daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Harriot PHILIPPS, was born July 1st 1807 and christened July 3rd 1807 in Herbrandston, Pembrokeshire

Frederick Thomas, son of Thomas PHILIPPS Esq and Mrs. Charlotte PHILIPPS his wife of Gellyswick, late of Neeston in the Parish of Herbrandston, was baptised on 6 June 1810 aged three days in Hubberston, Pembrokeshire

Emma, daughter of Thomas and Charlotte PHILIPPS, Gelliswick, Gentleman, was baptised on 25 July 1813 in Hubberston, Pembrokeshire

John Harris, son of Thomas and Charlotte PHILIPPS, Hakin, Gentleman, was baptised on 20 November 1815 in Hubberston, Pembrokeshire


Oxford Alumni


PHILIPPS, Edward, s. of Thomas of Lampeter, co. Pembroke, gent, Pembroke Coll, matric. 14 Dec 1754, aged 17; B.A. 1758


The Clergy Database


Rector of Begelly, Pembrokeshire 23 April 1767 - 16 August 1776

Perpetual Curate, Llandeilo Abercywyn, Carmarthenshire 13 August 1776 - 13 July 1779

Rector of Lampeter Velfrey, Pembrokeshire 24 July 1779 - 2 April 1794



Welsh Archive Services


The Rev'd Edward PHILIPPS of the Parish of Lampeter Velfrey, County of Pembroke, and Catharine HARRIES of this parish, spinster, were married by Licence on 20 December 1774 in Cardigan, Cardiganshire

Both signed

Witnesses: John PHILIPPS and James BOWEN



From "Philipps, 1820 Settler" by Arthur Keppel-Jones (Shuter and Shoote, Pietermaritzburg 1960)


Children of Edward PHILIPPS and Katherine HARRIES (based on information supplied by members of the family)


Thomas 1776-1859

John (married Lucretia, daughter of James PINNOCK of Jamaica)

Richard (died unmarried)

Catherine (married [1] J. RICHARDSON and [2] Sir Henry KING - no issue

Mary Dorothea (married Nathaniel PHILLIPS)

Cecelia (married C.A. PHILLIPS)



Monumental Inscription on the floor in St.Peter's, Lampeter Velfrey, Pembrokeshire 


Thomas PHILIPPS de Lampeter Velfrey in com. Pembroke, Armiger, obit. Die primo Maii AD 1767, Aetatis 65 (grandfather of Thomas the settler)




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