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was a daughter of Sir William Wogan, of Whiston, knight. I believe these Phillips's of the Priory lie buried near the chancel in St. Mary's Church at Cardigan : there are no monuments erected to their memory.
6. Mr. Jenkin Lloyd was of Llanvair, Clydogau, in the county of Cardigan. He appears, by his pedigree in Dr. Meyricke's interesting History of Cardiganshire, p. 358, to have married a daughter of John Stedman, esq., of Strata, Florida, by whom he appears to have had issue. There is nothing particularly noticed of this gentleman, saving that not being re-elected, we may conjecture he was a royalist, as were his descendants, who appear to have paid fines: some of them represented the county and borough after him. This fine estate came to the possession of the late Colonel Johns's father by a marriage: the Colonel sold it afterwards.
7. Mr. Cleypool married one of Cromwell's daughters, and was afterwards called Lord Cleypool, and sat in the “ tother House ;” the Protector's influence, of course, was the means of his representing this county: he afterwards sat for Northamptonshire.
8. Mr. Rowland Dawkins came into Wales as a major in Cromwell's army: he afterwards became a colonel. He was one of those who participated with Colonel Horton in a share of the Slebech estate : both he and Mr. Cleypool often spoke in the House. He once had a contest for the borough with David Morgan, esq., and was returned; but Mr. Morgan, on petitioning, gained the seat. See Burton's Diary, vol. iv. p. 275. I believe he intermarried with some family in Caermarthenshire. Why Cromwell's friends and favourites should have a preference of being returned for Caermarthenshire, is a circumstance I cannot account for; had it been Glamorganshire, I could readily do it, for his ancestors were of that county.
9. Mr. John Glynn, afterwards Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. He was born at Glynllivon, in Carnarvonshire, was a very learned lawyer, and a great political character; he was the youngest son of Sir William Glynn, by Jane, daughter of John Griffith, esq. of Carnarvon ; he joined in the restoration of Charles II. He was a constant speaker in the House, was a King's Serjeant, and died in Portugal Street, Lincoln's Inn-fields, and was buried with much splendour, in Westminster Abbey. His pedigree is given more at large in Noble's Memoirs of Cromwell, vol. 1.
10. Thomas Mostyn, the member for Carnarvon was, probably, the second and youngest brother of Sir Roger Mostyn, the first Baronet of that family.
11. Colonel Simon Thelwall, of Plas y Ward, near Ruthin. His second wife was the Lady Margaret Sheffield, daughter of Edmund, Earl of Mulgrave. Their grand-daughter Jane, daughter and heiress of Edward Thelwall, of Plas y Ward, married Sir William Williams, of Llanvorda, bart. eldest son of the Speaker Williams, and to their descendant Sir Wa
sin Williams Wynn, bart. the Plas y Ward estate now belongs. Colonel Simon Thelwall died in 1655.
12. John Trevor, esq., of Brynkinalt, afterwards Master of the Rolls, and progenitor of the present Viscount Dungannon, and of the late Countess of Mornington, mother of His Grace the Duke of Wellington.
13. Colonel Philip Jones. He was of Pen-y-wain, in Langevelach parish, in the county of Glamorgan, an ancestor of the present Jones's of Fonmon castle, in that county. It appears in * Noble's Memoirs of the Protestant House,” that Colonel Jones had no more than £20 a year, at the commencement of the Civil War, and he increased it to £4000, this must have included the offices he held.* Oliver Cromwell made him Comptroller of the Household, a Privy Counsellor, and Steward of the lands he held in Wales, and a Member of the House of Lords; he sat in Parliament for the counties of Brecon, Monmouth, and Glamorgan, in turn: he was, it appears by Mr. Jones's History of Breconshire, greatly assisted in obtaining the seat for the latter county, by a Colonel Jenkin Jones, a noted puritan.
There is an anecdote of Colonel Jenkin Jones, the friend of the M.P., inserted in Mr. Theophilus Jones's excellent and invaluable History of Brecknockshire, pp. 527, 528, that, when he was informed of the landing of Charles II., he mounted his horse and rode through the churchyard, exclaiming, as he discharged his pistol against one of the doors of the edifice, 'Ah, thou old whore of Babylon, thoul't have it all thy own way now.' The mark of a pistol-ball perforating the door, certainly appears at this moment, and in some measure corroborates this story. Mr. Jones goes on and believes that this Colonel Jones afterwards fled to England, when he was taken and imprisoned, his estates were confiscated and sold: his son was the last sheriff of Brecknockshire during Cromwell's usurpation.
14. Mr. Edmund Thomas. This ancient and most respectable family were for many years seated at Wenvoe. The original name was Harpwaye, of Tresimont, in Herefordshire: they took the name of Thomas, in consequence of a marriage with Catherine,
It is stated in Burton's Diary, page 331, vol. I. that Colonel Jones had as much as £7,000 a year, and that he had begun with only £8 or £10 a year. He appears to
eak out boldly in his place in Parliament, whenever lie addresses the House. I have no account of what became of him after the restoration. This is highly desirable to be known.
daughter and sole heir of Thomas ap Thomas, of Wenvoe Castle. This castle, with other estates, got into possession by marriage of the Cromwellian General Ludlow, from whence it returned again by a marriage of a Mr. Thomas, to the General's widow. This family are nearly allied to the Earl of Albermarle, and other distinguished families. I believe the latter baronet, John Thomas, sold this estate to Mr. Jenner, who now inhabits the castle.
15. Mr. Vaughan, was of Cefn bodig, near Bala, and a branch of the Vaughans of Glanllyn. His tomb is extant in the churchyard of Llanycil.
16. Sir John Pryce, bart. of Newtown Hall, near the town. The title of this highly ancient and respectable family is, I believe, extinct. There is hardly a pedigree of any respectable family in days of yore, where there is not an intermarriage with the Pryces of this Hall,---a portion of the once extensive property of these baronets, and the old mansion, is owned and occupied by the Rev. Mr. Evors, who proved himself an heir by the female line. He is a highly respectable clergyman, and has a benifice in the county of Pembroke, and is a magistrate in Montgomeryshire.
17. Sir Erasmus Phillips, bart., of Picton Castle, in this county, only son of Sir Richard Phillips, bart., of the same place. His mother was a daughter of Sir Erasmus Dryden, of Canons Ashby, in the county of Northampton, bart. Sir Erasmus married two wives; the first was the Lady Cecily, daughter of Thomas Finch, earl of Winchelsea, by whom he had issue; secondly, to Catherine, daughter and coheir of the Honourable Edward Darcey, esq. by lady Elizabeth, daughter to Philip Stanhope, earl of Chesterfield, by whom he had issue. Of the public character of Sir Erasmus, neither history nor tradition will afford me any aid ; both he and his ancestors, as well as descendants, have represented some parts of this county often in parliament, and when they could not be accommodated with seats, the borough of Plympton, in Devon, has been represented by them.
Sir Erasmus's father garrisoned Picton castle for King Charles I. in the civil wars, yet his near relation, a son-in-law, James Phillips, esq. M. P. for Cardigan, was a great favorite of Cromwell's, hence I conclude that it was by the latter's influence that Cromwell issued an order not to destroy any of the Picton castle property. Mr. Thomas Jones, solicitor, of Caermarthen, informed me that he had seen the original order.
18. Mr. Arthur Owen was the second son of Sir Hugh Owen, bart., by Catherine, daughter of Evan Lloyd, of Yale, in the county of Denbigh, esq., relict of John Lewis, of Prescood, esq. He married two wives, his sister married William Scourfield, of the Mote, in the county of Pembroke, whose descendants
now possess Robertson hall. I am glad to find that the present Mr. Scourfield is rebuilding the ancient seat of his ancestors at Mote, where they have resided ever since the Conquest, I believe without any interruption of the name.
Of Mr. Arthur Owen, my small means of knowledge does not afford me any information of his political character. That of this family, generally speaking, have been ever since they were seated in Pembrokeshire, in the reign of Elizabeth, stanch royalists, and supporters of the Protestant religion, which has endeared them greatly to the freeholders of the county, which they have represented oftener, and for a longer period, than any other family residing therein. I find in Mr. George Moore's History of the Revolution of 1688-9, p. 193, that a Mr. Hugh Owen, of Wilton, went to Holland to carry despatches, hastening King William's arrival in this country. I have also heard that in Queen Anne's reign one of this family was the means of preserving the blessings of the protestant religion to this realm. Either he or his descendant was offered an earldom, which he declined.
19. Mr. John Upton appears to be a commissioner of customs. He represented Fowey in the long parliament, and Haverfordwest for four years.
How he came there not even tradition will assist me, nor can I trace what part of England he came from, saving that an inference may be drawn, that a Mr. Arthur Upton represented Devonshire in the same parliament, which induces me to suppose that he was either from Devon or Cornwall.
JEU DE Mots, or old Punning Englyn
Priddyn wyy o'r prudda-a'r Pryv,
Of dust I am, or heavy clay,
THE DELIVERANCE OF RHYS.
Who spake of brotherhood ? who spake of love ?-SHAKSPEARE.
'Tis Autumn—on Caermarddyn's woods
A few wan leaves are ling’ring still—the last;
As if they mourned their Summer glories past.
Home thy trite moral to the weary heart :
Learn their deep truth, ere thy last leaf depart.
But there is light in Dinevor's princely towers,
Or doth it slumber in the festal hours?
I seek a dungeon, desolate and chill,
Only his haughty spirit chainless still.
To the swoln river's ceaseless wail;
On some foul reptile's loathsome trail.
Of festal music, in the distance dying,
Than e'en the night wind's hollow sighing.
O'er wearied, yields to fancy's vague dominion;
On sleep's untiring pinion.
Meets joyously his searching glance;
He sees his own broad banner fly;
Has deepened to a battle cry;
• Maelgwn, son of Rhys, Prince of South Wales, put out the eyes of his brother Howell, and, fearing his father's vengeance, made him a prisoner; but Rhys, by means of Howell, who was blind, escaped from Maelgwn's prison.