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PHILIPPS , Sir GRISMOND PICTON ( 1898 - 1967 ), soldier and public figure ;

b. 20 May 1898 , the only son of Major Grismond Philipps , Cwmgwili, Carms. He became a second lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards in 1917 , was promoted captain in 1925 , and retired in 1933 . As lieutenant-colonel commanding the 4th Battalion of the Welch Regiment (Territorial Army) in 1939 , he served throughout World War II , and was Honorary Colonel of the Welch Regiment (T.A.) from 1960-64 . He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Carmarthenshire in 1935 , a Justice of the Peace in 1938 , and a county councillor in 1946 . Having served as vice-lieutenant from 1936 to 1954 , he became Lord Lieutenant of Carmarthenshire in 1954 and occupied that office until his death. He was a member of the Court of Governors and the Council of the National Library of Wales and a member of the Council of the National Museum of Wales , 1945-52 . He was chairman of the Historic Buildings Council for Wales from 1955 to 1967 , and was also chairman of the Welsh committee of Television Wales and the West . Descendant of an ancient Carmarthenshire family ( Philipps , DWB , 752 ), he was a man of tact and sympathy and was deeply interested in the history and antiquities , especially the county families and ancient buildings, of his own county in particular and of Wales in general. He was knighted in 1953 .

He m. Lady Marjorie Joan Mary Wentworth-FitzWilliam , 2nd daughter of the 7th Earl FitzWilliam in 1925 , from whom he was divorced in 1949 . He d. 8 May 1967 , leaving one son.


  • Who's who? ;
  • Annual Report- Historic Buildings Council For Wales (1967) ;
  • personal knowledge.


Sir Glanmor Williams, M.A., Swansea

Published date: 2001