Philip Yorke, Viscount Royston

Philip Yorke, Viscount Royston (7 May 1784 – 7 April 1808), was a British traveler and politician.

Yorke was the eldest son of Philip Yorke, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke, by Lady Elizabeth, daughter of James Lindsay, 5th Earl of Balcarres. He was the grandson of Charles Yorke and the nephew of Charles Philip Yorke and Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke.[1] He was educated at Harrow School and St John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated as Master of Arts in 1803.[2] At Cambridge he wrote a translation of Lycophron's poem about Cassandra that was praised highly by Richard Porson.[3] In 1806 he embarked on a tour of the Russian Empire which he described in detail in letters to his father that were published in The remains of the late Lord Viscount Royston: With a memoir of his life by the Rev. Henry Pepys (London: J. Murray, 1838); they were used by Lydia Davis for her story "Lord Royston's Tour."[4]

He was returned to parliament for Reigate in 1806, a seat he held until April 1808,[1][5] when he was lost in a storm off Memel in a ship called the Agatha of Lübeck.

He was aged only 23 and predeceased his father. He never married. His younger brother Charles also died before his father and their cousin Charles Yorke eventually succeeded in the earldom.[1] His translation of Lycophron was published posthumously.[6]


  1. 1 2 3 Philip Yorke, Viscount Royston
  2. The Complete Peerage, Volume VI. St Catherine's Press. 1926. p. 308.
  3. The remains of the late Lord Viscount Royston: With a memoir of his life by the Rev. Henry Pepys (London: J. Murray, 1838), p. 9.
  4. James Yeh, "The Story Becomes About Seeing: An Interview with Lydia Davis," Gigantic #4: Gigantic Everything, 2012.
  5. House of Commons: Radcliffe-cum-Farnworth to Rochdale
  6. Hesiod. Bion and Moschus. Sappho and Musaeus. Lycophron, London: A. J. Valpy, 1832, pp. 195 ff.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke
Philip James Cocks
Member of Parliament for Reigate
With: Hon. Edward Charles Cocks
Succeeded by
Hon. Edward Charles Cocks
James Cocks
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