Philip Case; 1712-1792; alderman, attorney, controller of customs; King's Lynn and Great Fransham, Norfolk

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Philip Case; 1712-1792; alderman, attorney, controller of customs; King's Lynn and Great Fransham, Norfolk

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Born c 1712 in Great Fransham, and died on 11 April 1792 in King's Lynn. He was the son of Thomas Case and Hester Freeman.
The most successful attorney in King's Lynn in the eighteenth century. The son of a farmer at Fransham, he set up his practice on completion of his articles in 1733, became a freeman of King's Lynn by the end of the year, was elevated to the council on the same day, and married into a local gentry family in the following year. His outstanding abilities soon brought him a large clientele. While still in his twenties he was acting for the second viscount Townshend and Sir John Turner of Warham, and was deputy clerk of the peace. By mid-career he was acting as 'man of business' to many of the landed families of north-west Norfolk, not only as an attorney but often as land agent and steward of their manors - being described as 'the greatest and cleverest court keeper in England' in 1768. He became comptroller of customs at King's Lynn in 1754, and clerk of the peace in 1760.
Throughout his life he purchased property, eventually accumulating estates at Stradsett, Crimplesham and Fincham, Gayton Thorpe and East Walton, Grimston, and Gaywood, Mintlyn and Bawsey. Although he had manor houses at Stradsett and Gaywood, he continued to live at King's Lynn, where he was mayor in 1745, 1764, 1777, and 1786. He had three daughters - Pleasance and Hester who married Thomas Bagge and Samuel Browne, both prominent Lynn merchants, and Sarah, the only one to survive him, who married Anthony Hamond of Westacre. He died worth approximately £100,000 in land and investments.


King's Lynn, Norfolk; Great Fransham, Norfolk

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Alderman; attorney; controller of customs

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Case Family\r\n\r\nWife\r\n\r\nPleasance Clough, daughter of Samuel Clough of Wilton and Pleasance Bird. She married Philip Case c 1734 and died in 1777 in King's Lynn\r\n\r\nChildren:\r\n\r\n1) Pleasance Case (c 1737-1790), married (1768) Thomas Bagge (1740-1807) of King's Lynn. Their descendants were the Bagges of Stradsett and Gaywood.\r\n\r\n2) Hester Case (c 1739-1768), married (1764) Samuel Browne (c 1729-1784) of King's Lynn. Their daughters were Pleasance who married Edward Pratt of Ryston Hall, and Hester who married Sir Jacob Astley.\r\n\r\n3) Sarah Case (1746-1806), married (1779) Anthony Hamond (1742-1822) of Westacre. Their descendants were the Hamonds of Westacre.\r\n\r\nBrothers:\r\n\r\nEdward Case, agent to Lord Townshend\r\nThomas Case, father of Thomas Case (1731-1793), Philip Case's partner, and James Case RN (1732-1795)\r\n\r\nSisters:\r\n\r\nEsther Case who married Daniel Burslem, and Mary Case who married Edward Younge of Watton. Both had children.\r\n\r\nWife's brother: Robert Clough of Wilton who married Mary Wych, sister of Cyrill Wych of Hockwold.\r\n\r\nWife's stepfather: Dr George Hepburn of King's Lynn who married Pleasance Clough's mother c 1709.\r\n\r\nWife's half-sisters: Sarah Hepburn, who married Samuel Harvey, Isabella and Pleasance Heburn.\r\n\r\nWife's stepsisters: Mary Hepburn (1701-1745), and Susan (1704-1796), wife of Dr Thomas Lidderdale (Hepburn's daughters by his first marriage.

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Thomas Bagge; 1740-1807; King's Lynn, Norfolk (1740-1807)

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Thomas Bagge; 1740-1807; King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Philip Case; 1712-1792; alderman, attorney, controller of customs; King's Lynn and Great Fransham, Norfolk

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Thomas Bagge was married to Pleasance Case, Philip's daughter, from 20th July 1768

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