Philip, 4th Lord Wharton, came from a staunch Christian family. He was well-educated and well-travelled. During the Civil War he supported Parliament but opposed the execution of King Charles the first. He welcomed King Charles the Second at the Restoration and later became a Privy Councillor to King William the Third.
Six years before his death, Lord Wharton began distributing Bibles to children, and in his will he left 463 acres of land to fund the continuation of this work. The Trustees of Lord Wharton’s Charity continue to follow his wishes by distributing Bibles to children and young people so that they can be encouraged to use it for their own personal study.