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SCOURFIELD , alias PHILIPPS , Sir JOHN HENRY ( 1808 - 1876 ), author ;

b. 1808 , son of Owen Philipps , Williamston , near Neyland, Pembs. , and his wife Elizabeth Anne Scourfield , Moat, Pembs. He was educated at Harrow and Oriel College , Oxford . He was sheriff of Pembrokeshire 1833 , Member of Parliament for Haverfordwest 1852-68 , and for the county of Pembroke 1868-76 . He m., 1845 , Augusta Lort Philipps , Lawrenny, Pembs. , by whom he had two sons. In 1862 on succeeding to the estates of his maternal uncle William Henry Scourfield , of Moat and Robeston Hall , he assumed the name and arms of Scourfield . He was cr. a baronet by Disraeli on 18 Feb. 1876 but he d. on 3 June of the same year.

The titles of five publications by Scourfield , all of which are scarce, are given in Jnl. Welsh Bibliog. Soc. , iii, 37-8. The first, Dies Landoveriensis , c. 1847 , is a skit on the Welsh Collegiate Institution , Llandovery , which was opened in 1847 . Then come Lyrics and Philippics , 1859 (another ed. in 1864 and another later), Lyrics , 1864 (2nd ed. in 1864 and a third in 1866 ), The Grand Serio-Comic Opera of Lord Bateman and his Sophia , 1863 (another ed. in 1865 ), and The Mayor's Tale: A Tragic and a Diabolic Opera. By J.H.S., late J.H.P. (undated, but obviously not before 1862 ). Many of Scourfield 's poems have a Welsh interest.


  • H. M. Vaughan , ‘Sir John Henry Scourfield, Baronet, and his writings,’ in Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , iii, 33-8;
  • NLW MSS 4741-9.


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959