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Terry Foreman   Link to this

Colonel Philip Jones (1618 – 5 September 1674) was a Welsh military leader and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1650 and 1656. He rose to the rank of Colonel in the service of the Parliamentary Army under Fairfax during the English Civil War. As Governor of Swansea he successfully held the town against the Royalist forces.

Jones was born at the Great House Swansea, the son of David Johns of Swansea and Penywaun Llangyfelach. He became Parliamentarian governor of Swansea on 17 November 1645 and was governor of Cardiff by 1649. In 1646 he was a colonel in the Parliamentary army.

In 1650, Jones was elected Member of Parliament for Breconshire in the Rump Parliament and sat until 1653. In 1653 he was nominated as representative for Monmouthshire in the Barebones Parliament. In 1654, he was elected MP for Monmouthshire and Glamorgan and chose to sit for Glamorgan. In 1656 he was elected MP for Glamorgan and Breconshire, and chose to sit for Glamorgan.

In 1654, he bought Fonmon Castle from the St. John family, who had become obliged to sell, as well as numerous other estates. He became comptroller of Oliver Cromwell's household, In addition, he was appointed a Privy Councillor and sat in Cromwell's Upper House as Philip Lord Jones on 10 December 1657. He superintended the funeral of Olive Cromwell on 23 November 1658. He was governor of Charterhouse in 1658. In 1659 he commanded the militia in Cardiff Castle 1659.

On the Restoration, he was confirmed as Custos Rotulorum and was High Sheriff of Glamorgan in 1671. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Jones_of_Fo...

Bill   Link to this

JONES, PHILIP (1618?-1674), Welsh parliamentarian governor of Swansea, 1645, and colonel, 1646; with Colonel Horton defeated the royalists at St. Pagans, 1648; governor of Cardiff; M.P., Brecknockshire, 1650, Glamorganshire, 1656; one of Cromwell's peers, 1657; member of the council of state from 1653; controller of the household to Oliver and Richard Cromwell; acquired large fortune; charged with corruption by the military party and extreme republicans; governor of the Charterhouse, 1658; made his peace with the king and was sheriff of Glamorgan, 1671; purchased Fonmon Castle, 1664.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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