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Captain Henry Phillpotts

Captain Henry Phillpotts

A carte-de-visite portrait of the Captain Henry Phillpotts of the Bengal Staff Corps and the 15th Native Infantry, formerly of the 29th Regiment of Foot.

Born on 23 February 1809, he was the second son of the Right Reverend Henry Phillpotts (1778-1869), the Bishop of Exeter from 1830 to 1869. His mother was Deborah Mary née Surtees. He was baptised on 14 March 1809 at Gateshead in Durham. He was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst College. In 1837 he married Anna Elizabeth Waller Young, daughter of John Young Esq of Philpotstown House, County Meath.

His son was the author and poet Eden Phillpotts, born at Mount Abu in India in 1862. According to a review of one of his novels: ‘he is the eldest son of the late Captain Henry Phillpotts, of the 15th Native Infantry, and for some years Political Agent in the States of Harowtee, at Rajpootana. The future novelist was born in India, and on his father returning to England he was educated at Plymouth’ [Otago Daily Times, New Zealand, 28 March 1908].

At the time of the 1851 census he was a ‘Captain Army Retired’ living at Watcombe House in Torquay with his wife and five of their children. This was presumably after he left the 29th Foot but before he had joined the Bengal Staff Corps.

He appears on the 1871 census living at Longcroft, a house in Torquay, with his wife Anna, four daughters and five servants. He gave ‘Durham, Gateshead’ as his place of birth and ‘Magistrate Landowner’ for his profession.

He died on 9 July 1880, aged 71, at Hazelmere in Torquay. He left a personal estate valued at ‘under £7000.'


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