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About Sir Philip Musgrave, MP

Family and Education b. 2I Mar. 1661, xst s. of (Sir) Christopher Musgrave, 4th Bt. by his 1st w.; half-bro. of Joseph Musgrave†. educ. Queen’s, Oxf. I676; travelled abroad; Padua 1683. m. 12 Nov. 1685, Mary (d. 25 Feb. 1753), da. of George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth, 1s. 1da.1

Offices Held

Clerk of the PC 1684-d.; clerk of deliveries, Ordnance 1685-d.2

Freeman, Kendal 1684; commr. for assessment, Westmld. and Westminster 1689.3

Biography ‘Having had all the advantages of education at home and travel abroad’, Musgrave ‘was qualified at the age of 25 years [sic] to serve his Majesty Charles II as clerk of the council, and one of the principal officers of the Ordnance, and his country also in Parliament’. His Privy Council office, carrying a salary of £250 p.a., was purchased from Francis Gwyn, and his father brought him into James II’s Parliament for Appleby. A moderately active Member, he was appointed to nine committees, including those to recommend expunctions from the Journals, and to consider the bills for preventing theft and rapine on the northern borders, providing carriages for the navy and ordnance, and prohibiting the import of gunpowder. After his marriage to the daughter of the master of the Ordnance he became chief clerk to his father-in-law and succeeded Sir William Trumbull as clerk of deliveries at a combined salary of £500 p.a. He was closeted, together with his father, and presumably gave his assent to the repeal of the Test Act and Penal Laws, for he retained office and was recommended as court candidate for Appleby in 1688. But, as the only Protestant in the Ordnance during his father-in-law’s absence on naval service in 1688, he was responsible for foiling the efforts of Edward Hales I to obtain mortars with which to threaten the City. Although he described the collapse of James’s resistance in December as ‘this unhappy revolution’, he urged Lord Dartmouth not to endeavour to obstruct a declaration from the fleet in favour of the Prince of Orange. He was re-elected to the Convention, and according to one list voted to agree with the Lords that the throne was not vacant. His only committees were those ordered to report on the balance of trade with France and to draw up a defence budget. But he died on 2 July 1689 at the early age of 28, and was buried in the Minories chapel. His son, the 5th baronet, sat for Carlisle in Queen Anne’s last Parliament and later for Cumberland as a Tory.4

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690 Author: Leonard Naylor Notes 1. G. Burton, Life of Sir Philip Musgrave, 40; Le Neve, Mon. Angl. 1680-99, p. 98. 2. CSP Dom. 1684-5, p. 289; 1685, pp. 119, 393; 1689-90, p. 76. 3. HMC Le Fleming, 402. 4. Le Neve, 98; CSP Dom. 1684-5, pp. 281-2; 1687-9, p. 216; 1689-90, p. 76; HMC Downshire, i. 64; Trans. R. Hist. Soc. ser. 5, xxv. 60, 73; Westmld. RO, D/Ry 3093; Cal. Treas. Bks. viii. 1797, 2012; ix. 1305; HMC Dartmouth, iii. 137

Cleark Council to James II

From the book, "Baronetage of England," printed for John Stockdale, published 1806: Sir Philip Musgrave married Jane, daughter of John Thurton of Orgreave in Staffordshire and had by her four daughters -- Jane, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Henrietta -- and two sons, John Chardin, who was born 1/5/1757, Christopher, who married Elizabeth Anne, second daughter of Lord Archer and had 2 daughters.

Sir Philip Musgrave, 6th Bt. was born in 1711 at Edenhall, Cumberland, England.2 He was the son of Julia Chardin.1 He married Jane Turton, daughter of John Turton, on 24 June 1742. He died on 5 July 1795 at Kempton Park, Sunbury, Middlesex, England.1

Sir Philip Musgrave, 6th Bt. gained the title of 6th Baronet Musgrave, of Kempton Park. He lived in 1794 at Edenhall, Cumberland, England.2

Children of Sir Philip Musgrave, 6th Bt. and Jane Turton

  • Elizabeth Musgrave3
  • Charlotte Musgrave+
  • Sir John Chardin Musgrave, 7th Bt.+2 b. 15 Jan 1757, d. 24 Jul 1806


  • [S15] George Edward Cokayne, editor, The Complete Baronetage, 5 volumes (no date (c. 1900); reprint, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1983), volume V, page 48. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Baronetage.
  • [S4736] David Barttelot, online unknown url, David Barttelot (unknown location), downloaded 14 July 2010.
  • [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1037. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

Philip, born 21 March 1661, died 2 July 1689, aet. 28, buried in the Church of Holy Trinity in the Minories, (near the Tower). Monument in Edenhall church. M.P. for Appleby 1685-7 and 1689. Clerk of the Council and of the deliveries in the Ordnance under James II. Gave rise to the Musgraves, Baronets of Edenhall.

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Sir Philip Musgrave, MP's Timeline

March 21, 1661
December 25, 1688
Edenhall, Cumberland, England
July 2, 1689
Age 28
July 2, 1689
Age 28
England, United Kingdom