Birth26 Oct 1734
Baptism9 Nov 1734
Death12 Apr 1809, Fawley, Oxon
Burial20 Apr 1809, Whitchurch, Oxon [19, Whitchurch on Thames]
General1st surv. s. Of Hardwick House, Oxon. Deputy Lieutenant of Oxon.
EducationSt John's Oxon: matric: 1753, BCL: 1761. [28, Philip Powys' notes, p.119]
FatherPhilip Powys (1704-1779)
MotherIsabella Lybbe (ca1713-1761)
1Caroline Girle [29], [30], 5G Grandmother
Birth27 Dec 1738
Death7 Nov 1817, Fawley, Bucks
BurialWhitchurch, Oxon
GeneralHeir. Diarist.
FatherJohn Girle FRS (ca1702-1761)
MotherBarbara Slaney (1717-1801)
ChildrenCaroline (1763-1764)
 Philip Lybbe (1765-1838)
 Thomas (1768-1817)
 Caroline Isabella (1775-ca1838)
Notes for Philip Lybbe Powys
Martin P-L writes:

1734 born. His godfathers were Sir Wm. Twysden (his great-uncle, 5th bart) and Sir Philip Meadows jnr. [TFPL: and his godmother was Mrs Lybbe, his grandmother]
1753 matriculated at St John's Oxon.
1759 admitted to Inner Temple on 22 Jun
1761 Bachelor of Civil Law
1762 married Caroline Girle, whom he had met at a party in Berks.
1764 Their first child was born, but died after 9 months. Boys were born in 1765 and '8, and a girl in 1775.
1778 made Deputy Lieutenant of Oxon.
1784 or 86 finding Hardwick too big after the departure of their two sons, they let it to a Mr Garth or Gardiner, and moved with their daughter to Fawley rectory nearby, where their brother Thomas was installed..

Philip seems to have been a quiet, unassuming person, to whom Caroline was devoted (Diaries p.298). In appearance he was tall and thin. Smallpox had left him with a good, rough, manly face (Diaries). He was weak in health, but frequent visits to Bath extended his life to 74 years. There is (or was) a miniature of him.

1809 returning from Quarter Sessions at Oxford, he fell into a pond at Fawley and drowned (says Ms Potter, an American lady who at one time was working on a new edition of the Diaries. Ursula met her; I have not. She was, I think unable to interest a publisher, so abandoned the project. Ursula gave me the 60 pages of outline and samples that she had submitted to publishers.) Unusually in the family, he had made no will.

Whitchurch Burial Register:
"1809 Apr 20 LYBBE POWYS Philip, Esq of Fawley, Bucks, 75, accidentally drowned"
This confirms part of Mrs Potter's account.

Gentleman's Magazine For the Year 1809, Volume LXXIX, Obitiuaries p. 479:
In his 75th year, Philip Lybbe Powys, esq. of Hardwick-house, co. Oxford, in the commission of the peace and deputy lieutenant of that country, and brother to the Dean of Canterbury. He had attended his duty, as a magistrate, at the Quarter Sessions on the preceding day; and had returned from Oxford this evening with another gentleman, in a postchaise, as far as Assenden, where he got out to walk to his residence at Fawley; but, from the darkness of the night, missed his way, fell into a pond, and was drowned.

(Was he the worse for wine, one wonders?)

In her diary for 6 Nov 1802, Caroline Powys wrote: my Dear Phils Birth day, 68 Born 6 Nov New Style 1734.
This has the correct eleven day difference.

In 1805, he, or his son, was appointed oe of many Commissioners for Berkshire for raising a tax on pensions, officees and personal estates and a land tax. (Possibly something to do with the new-fangled income tax?)
Notes for Philip Lybbe & Caroline (Family)
Whitchurch Marriage Register:
"1762 Aug 5 POWYS Philip Lybbe of Hardwick in this parish
GIRLE Caroline of Caversham
Wit: John WHISTLER, Philip POWYS Lic."

In her diary for 5 Aug 1802, Caroline Powys wrote: our Wedding day married in 1762.
Last Modified 12 Jan 2016Created 25 May 2017 by Tim Powys-Lybbe