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Phips [Phipps], Sir William (1651–1695), adventurer, army officer, and colonial governor, was born on 2 February 1651 at Phips plantation, Jeremisquam Neck, Nequasett, Maine. He was the son of James Phips (c.1609–1651×5) of Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire, and Mary, whose origins are unknown. ...

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Pitts, Joseph (1663?–1739?), travel writer, was born in Exeter, one of several children of John Pitts, a nonconformist and signatory to a petition from a church in Exeter to Charles II. He received a good education but was keen to be a sailor and see the world. He sailed after Easter 1678 with five companions on the fishing boat ...