Born at Convamore, County Cork, Ireland, he was educated at Manchester Grammar School, Trinity College, Dublin and St John's College, Cambridge, and ordained priest in 1857. After curacies in Paddington and Coventry he held incumbencies at Holme Eden, Ivegill and Barrow-in-Furness.
For twelve years he employed Elizabeth Everest as a nanny to his daughter, Ella; in 1894, after Mrs Everest was dismissed as nanny to Winston and Jack Churchill, Rev. Phillips took her into his home for about a year, until she found her final home with her sister.
- Canon Thompson Phillips The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Apr 20, 1909; pg. 13; Issue 38938.
- "Phillips, Thompson (PHLS852T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Crockford's Clerical Directory 1908 p 1127: London, Horace Cox, 1908
- ‘PHILLIPS, Ven. Thompson’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 23 July 2015
- Churchill, Winston. My Early Life: 1874-1904. Amazon Kindle Edition. pp. Location 334.
- Churchill, Randolph. Winston S. Churchill: Youth, 1874-1900. Amazon Kindle Edition. pp. Location 4831.
|Church of England titles|
| Bishop of Penrith
1926 – 1944