Philip Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau

Count Philip Joseph Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau (Czech: Filip Josef Kinský z Vchynic a Tetova; German: Philipp Joseph Graf Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau) (28 November 1700 – 12 January 1749) was a high chancellor of the Kingdom of Bohemia during the reign of Queen Maria Theresa.[1]

A member of the Bohemian noble family, the House of Kinsky, Philip was born in Prague as the son of Count Wenceslaus Kinsky, a Bohemian high chancellor himself, and Maria Anna Theresia de Nesselrode zu Ereshoven. On 17 November 1722, he married Marie Karolína Bořitová z Martinic, by whom he had eight children:

Count Kinsky received a fine education and had many interests, such as improving education in Bohemia.[2] He served Emperor Charles VI as an Imperial envoy in London between 1728 and 1736.[3] He came into the cabinet of his successor, Queen Maria Theresa, in 1741, and soon became the Queen's trusted adviser and friend.[4] Many feared him because of his temper. He was thought to be willful, but also stubborn and arrogant, which is why he wasn't very popular.[5]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1731.[6]


  1. Duffy, 151.
  2. LeCaine Agnew, 23.
  3. Black, 53, 140.
  4. Morris, 62.
  5. Duffy, 62.
  6. "Library and Archive". Royal Society. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Carl Joseph von Palm
Habsburg Ambassador to the Court of St James
Succeeded by
Ignaz Johann von Wasner
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