Phyllida Lovaine Plowden

Died1999 Swallowcliffe, Salisbury

Life Events

1959Married David Evelyn Gibbs in Hengrave Hall
1960Birth of daughter Quenelda Marjory Gibbs
1962Birth of son Giles Evelyn Somerset Gibbs
1966Birth of son Crispin Lancelot Gibbs
1998Death of husband David Evelyn Gibbs

Biography and Notes

Younger daughter of Lt. Col. Piers Standish Plowden, OBE, Royal Scots Greys, of The Gate House, Braishfield Manor (see Burke's 'Landed Gentry').

Educated at Hengrave Hall.

Before marriage worked for Knight Frank & Rutley in their Sale Room. Sometime charity official for British Red Cross Society and National Assocation of Youth Clubs in Hampshire. Involved with her
husband in opening their garden to the public. Entertains and caters for Americans
and other overseas visitors for such organisations as Britain without Tears.

Descendent of Edmund Plowden (1517-84) who, when offered the Lord Chancellorship of England by Queen Elizabeth I if he would change his religion, replied:
"Hold me dread Sovereign excused. Your Majesty well knows I find no reason to swerve from the Catholic faith, in which you and I were brought up. I can never therefore countenance the persecution of its professors. I should not have in charge your Majesty's conscience one week before I should incur your displeasure, if it be your Majesty's royal intent to continue the system of persecuting the retainers of the Catholic faith." He kept his head—and his faith. There are only five families listed by Burke who retained Catholicism throughout the ages: Plowden, Howard, Scrope, Tichborne and Weld. Edmund Plowden was responsible for building the Middle Temple Hall.

Portrait with family by Hugh Powell at Braishfield.