Frowde, Philip — Post Office governor

Philip Frowde (1645-1716), was the second husband of Sarah, cousin of the Preston diarist Thomas Bellingham, with whom he served as a captain with William III’s forces in Ireland. He was the eldest son of Sir Philip Frowde, a royalist colonel who became deputy postmaster-general and then governor of the Post Office. The younger Philip ‘inherited’ his father’s Post Office positions in 1677 three years after his father’s death and held them until just after the revolution, in April 1689. In 1687 the posts gave him a salary of £1500 and ‘occasional royal grace and favour grants, sometimes of more than £4000’. His son was the poet Philip Frowde. Bellingham, in a diary entry for 7 September 1688, records receiving a gift of ortolans, small birds which were a culinary delicacy, from Frowde. [1]

[1] Thomas Bellingham and Anthony Hewitson, Diary of Thomas Bellingham, an Officer under William III (Preston: Toulmin & Sons, 1908), 12, 134, 145,; James Sambrook, ‘Frowde, Philip (1678/9–1738), Poet’, The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 23 September 2004,

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