Philip Goldsworthy

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Philip Goldsworthy
George III and the Prince of Wales Reviewing Troops (1798) - detail.jpg
Goldsworthy (right) with David Dundas, from George III Reviewing Troops (1798)
Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for Wilton
In office
1 January 1801 – 4 January 1801
Preceded by Himself
Succeeded by John Spencer
Member of the Great Britain Parliament
for Wilton
In office
15 February 1794 – 1 January 1801
Preceded by Lord Herbert
Succeeded by Himself
In office
2 February 1785 – January 1788
Preceded by Lord Herbert
Succeeded by Lord Herbert
Personal details
Born 1737
Leghorn, Italy
Died (1801-01-04)4 January 1801
Wilton, Wiltshire
Nationality British
Occupation Army officer
Military service
Years of service 1756–1801
Rank Lieutenant General

Philip Goldsworthy (~1737 – 1801), was a British Army officer. He was a Member of Parliament for Wilton and chief equerry to King George III.[1] Goldsworthy was a Lieutenant General and Colonel of The Royals.

Personal life and family

Goldsworthy was the second son of Burrington Goldsworthy, British consul at Leghorn and later Cadiz, and his wife Philippia Vanbrugh niece of Sir John Vanbrugh. He was baptised at Leghorn on the 18 October 1737.[1]

Military career

Goldsworthy was commissioned as a cornet in the 1st Dragoons in 1756. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1760, to captain in 1768 and to major in 1776. He went on to be promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1779 and to colonel in 1784 and was appointed chief equerry (to the King) and clerk martial on 9 March 1788.[1] He was then promoted to major general in 1793 and to lieutenant general in 1799. He served as colonel of 1st (Royal) Regiment of Dragoons from 23 January 1794 until his death.[1]


He represented the parliamentary borough of Wilton in Wiltshire during two terms in the Parliament of Great Britain and shortly in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He served from 2 February 1785 to January 1788, and 15 February 1794 to 4 January 1801.[1]


He died unmarried at his seat Wilton Wiltshire 4 January 1801.[1]



  • Namier, Sir Lewis and Brooke, John. The House of Commons 1754-1790 (1964), ISBN 0-436-30420-1
  • Beck, Edward Josselyn. Memorials to Serve for a History of the Parish of St. Mary, Rotherhithe (1907)


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Goldsworthy, Philip (c.1737-1801) - History of Parliament Online". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
Military offices
Preceded by
Henry, Earl of Pembroke
Colonel of the 1st (Royal) Regiment of Dragoons
Succeeded by
Thomas Garth
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