John Randal Phillips

1759 - 1845


Awarded the compensation for an estate tentatively identified as Lamberts in Barbados, and possibly for two other estates, Lascell[e]s and Britton.

There is potential for confusion here, however. There were at least three John Randal[l] Phillips alive in the 1830s.

  1. Deaths are registered for two John Randal Phillips: Q3 1837 Isle of Wight and Q4 1845 Newton Abbot Devonshire. John Randal Phillips and J.R. Phillips junior, both witnessed the marriage of Philip Lovell Phillips (q.v.) to Mary Anne Hawkes Collyer at St Giles Camberwell 09/08/1832. John Randall Phillips is also shown as an Australian colonist, arriving in Fremantle 25/02/1830 and dying there in 1852. Philip Lovell Phillips is shown as born Barbados 26/10/1805, the only son of John Randall Phillips and Elizabeth Went [sic]. This John Randall Phillips reportedly returned to England, lived at Tor Villa, and died in 1845 at Newton Abbott. Philip Lovell Phillips is shown as the son-in-law of the evangelical preacher based at Peckham, William Bengo Collyer.

  2. John Randall [sic] Phillips married Elizabeth Went Lovell, Winterbourne Gloucestershire 14/10/1803.

  3. John Randall Phillips was one of the subscribers to John Poyer's History of Barbados (1808).

  4. In 1841 John Phillips aged 70 was living with Lovell Phillips aged 30, physician at Torville, Devon.

  5. There is an inscription recorded by Oliver: 'Sacred to the memory of John Randall Phillips of Lamberts in this Island. He died at Torquay Devon Sept 9th 1845 aged 86. Also of Elizabeth Went, wife of the above and daughter of Philip Lovell Esq. She died at Edinburgh July 20 1831 aged 61.'

  6. The John Randal Phillips who died at Ryde is described on his gravestone as 'John Randal Phillips jnr of the Island of Barbados, long illness, died 29/08/1837 aged 38 years'.

  7. Genealogical sources show John Randall Phillips of Western Australia (1789-1852) as the son of George Phillips of Turnham Green.

It thus appears that the John Randall Phillips who died at Devon in 1845, rather than the man who died at Ryde in 1837, was the father of Philip Lovell Phillips and was the awardee on the estate identified as Lamberts and possibly the other awards. The John Randall Phillips who died at Ryde was presumably counterclaimant on Haggatt Hall. The two men were again presumably uncle and nephew or geat-uncle and great-nephew. The connection with the Australian colonist however remains unclear, and this John Randal Phillips in Australia might conceivably have been the awardee for Brittons and/or Lascell[e]s or more plausibly the attorney in Jamaica in the mid-1820s.

For further information about John Randal Phillips (1795-1852), his (and his family's) possible connections to the West Indies and his life in Western Australia see Xavier Reader, Diane Brunning and Jane Lydon, 'Phillips, John Randal (1795–1852)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University . Note 24 offers some clarification of the various John Randal Phillips.


T71/895 Barbados claim no. 92 (Brittons or Brettons); T71/897 Barbados claim no. 2545 ; T71/899 Barbados claim nos. 4368 (Lascell[e]s) and 4615 (tentatively identified as Lamberts).

T71/895 Barbados claim no. 139 counterclaim identifies a John Randal Phillips as of Ryde, Isle of Wight, as an assignee of Thomas Went. Awards no. 92, 2545, 4368 and 4615 are tied by the same attorney, Edward Thomas.

  1. FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online];, London, England, Marriages and Banns 1754-1921 [database online]; [accessed 27/04/2012]. [accessed 27/04/2102].

  2., England and Wales, Marriages and Banns, 1538-1940 [database online].

  3. John Poyer, The History of Barbados, from the first discovery of the island in the year 1605 till the accession of Lord Seaforth 1801 (London, J. Mawman, 1808), p xxv.

  4. 1841 census online.

  5. Vere Langford Oliver, Monumental Inscriptions in Barbados p. 12 item 60.

  6. [accessed 11/09/2013].

  7. e.g. Tom Chapman and Sally Grundy, Swan River Pioneers Association Breakfast, 04/06/2017 (revised and updated 30/06/2017), at [accessed 15/07/2018].

Further Information

Married but no further details

Associated Claims (4)

£19 8s 4d
£1,576 16s 11d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£4,901 8s 11d
£1,829 6s 2d

Associated Estates (3)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Imperial (1)

Australia: Western Australia 
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Possibly the John Randall Phillips who arrived in Fremantle in 1830 and died there in...
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Relationships (3)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Other relatives
Notes →
Unknown relationship: in the will of George Phillips of Chiswick proved 1817 he refers both to his son John Randall Phillips and to his friend John Randall Phillips of Barbados, and describes Philip...
Husband → Wife

Addresses (1)

Torville, Teignmouth Road, Tormoham, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England