Philippe Ménard was the executor of Gastingy’s will and the driving force behind the founding of the French Hospital. He launched the first public appeal for funds in 1718 and as the first chaplain gave the opening sermon. He was also secretary of the French Hospital from its founding until his death in 1737.
Philippe had been a minister in France at the Protestant Temple of Saints before being exiled. After this date he first served as Chaplain to Queen Charlotte Amelia of Denmark before moving to London to the French Chapel Royal in 1700.
Philippe’s brother Jean arrived in England before him. Jean served as canon of Windsor having been minister at the great Huguenot temple of Charenton outside of Paris. Jean donated £150 (the largest single donation) to the original appeal for the creation of the French Hospital.