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General Richard Philipps (1661 – 14 October 1750) was said to have been in the employ of William III as a young man and for his service gained the rank of Captain in the British army. He served at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and made the rank of Lt. Col. in 1712.

In 1717 he was appointed Governor of Nova Scotia, by George I. He actually arrived in Annapolis in 1720,stayed until 1722 and returned to England. He made another visit to Nova Scotia and persuaded the Acadian French to swear allegiance to the British Government. He returned again to England about 1731. During the early years he evidently was an active and responsible governor. After 1731 his interest in the Province was much reduced. Because of absences and laterally, waning interest, the roles of those acting for the Governor were greatly enhanced. They were: John Doucett, (1717–1725); Lawrence Armstrong, (1725–1739); Alexander Cosby, 1739–1740; Paul Mascarene, (1740–1749). At that point Edward Cornwallis was appointed Governor.

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