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glníüttt (^amils 4 ^ülau ^oiìii 




Welsh Secretary ^ Librarian 

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Idijgrcí 4 iìit Imciíttt ^amilg of iûlau dföíhi, 









Waunfawr, May 4, 1877. 

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In the compilation of this ancient Pedigree, I have kept three 
objects in view. 

The Ist was to secure a record of the lineage of one now alas no 
more 1 who did honour to his ancestors, though he derived honour 
from them, and to whom I have been myself indebted for acts of 
courtesy and kindness. The 2nd was to revive and bring promi- 
nently forward the many fine old Welsh names, the perpetuation of 
which has of late years been so lamentably neglected. 3rdly, to 
restore in many instances theproper orthography of Welsh names, 
and to give some idea of the corruptions caused by scribes who 
have substituted one letter for another in innumerable instances, 
destroying the sense and injuring the sound. 

I am well aware that much remains to be done, and that the 
annexed humble effort is far from perfect; but I am fully convinced 
that it is (though humble) a step in the right direction. In the 
word Dolau Cothi I have adopted the i instead of the y for the 
termination, the former being decidedly the correct orthography, in 
support of which opinion it may be remembered with what exact- 
ness the late leamed Bishop of St. David's always wrote Aher Gwili, 
that great linguist being well aware that it could not be pronounced 
correctly if terminated with a y, and I have the satisfaction of 
possessing the word Dolau Cothi thus written by the hands of 
its late lamented owner. The same rule applies to Dyfi, Teiji, 
Tywi, as to Aher Gwili and Dolau Cothi, which when written with 


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the y would be as incorrect (if thus sounded in the Welsh 
language) as the English Cockney's Pronunciation of winegar and 
îveal for vinegar and veaL 

The compass of this little work would not admit of more than 
an occasional specimen, in parenthesis, to show the manner in which 
the ab Harri, ab Hywel, ab Rhys, ab Rhydderch, ab Owain, ab 
Huw, and ab Efan have been corrupted into Parry^ Fowell, Pryse, 
Prytherchf Bowen, Pugh, £evan, and in other cases I have been 
able to give a few instances of names in their Welsh form which 
have been adopted and naturalized by the Cymry, such as Elsbeth, 
Elystan, Annes, and Marged. It would be an interesting investi- 
gation to trace when and how the letter s was so absurdly affixed 
to the end of corrupted Welsh names, such as Richards, WiUiams, 
Evans, and Rowlands, an addition which has neither harmony 
of sound or sense. There is however, fortunately, a treasury 
of the most beautiful and original Welsh names stiU left in our 
possession, and long may they exist and be preserved and per- 

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The diflferent branches of thiä family from Dinefawr — Abermarlais, 
Llanbadam Fawr, Abermâd, Llanfair Clydogau, Hafod Uchtryd, 
and Dolau Cothi — have been conspicuous in the annals of South 
Wales. They held at different times the highest positions in their 
native country, and their numerous generations have produced 
a remarkable number of persons, eminent either for warlike 
deeds, benevolent actions, or varied accomplishments, whose ex- 
tensive influence exercised a beneficial effect in the district of 
Dyfed, in which is included now the present counties of Caer- 
marthen, Cardigan, and Pembroke, which in later times they have 
frequently served as representatives in Parliament. Their common 
ancestor was the Cambro-British hero Urien Rheged, said to be 
fifth in direct line of descent from Coel Godebog, King of Britain, 
whose valorous exploit8 and those of his sons have been cele- 
brated by the bards Taliesin and Llywarch Hen, the latter of 
whom was his first cousin. Urien was Prince of Rheged (now 
called Dumbartonshire), Goddeu (now Cadryw, or Cadzyow, or 
middle ward of Lanarkshire), Cattraeth (or Linlithgowshire), and 
the district of the Lennox (now in Dumbartonshire), in the life- 
time of King Arthur, who was slain at the Battle of Camlan, A.D. 
537, where his opponent Lledriw ab Llaw also perished. Urien 
was eventually with his sons and followers compelled to migrate to 
South Wales, where he is said to have erected Carreg Cennen 
Castle, and became Lord of the district of Cydweli, Carnwyllon 
or Carnwallon, and Iscennen, &c. Uricn's lineage is thus traced to 
Ab Cynfarch ab Meirchion ab Gorwst Ledlwm ab Cynan ab Coel 
Godebog, King of Britain. His mother, Cynfarch's wife, was 
Myfanwy, daughter to Brychan, King of Garth Madryn, now 
Breconshire. Urien married Leffoy, or Le Fflay, daughter and 
heiress of Gwrlais, Duke of Cornwall, who is said to have 
been half sister to King Arthur. (See also Dr. Heywood's 
Chronicle, where an interesting account of Gwrlais's death is 

Their issue was as foUows : — 1. Sir Owain ab Urien; 2. 
Rhun; 3. Sarsel ; 4. Rhiwallon ; 5. Elfíìn ; 6. Gwrthwys ; 



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7. Cadfael; 8. Cyndeym (Centigern), Bishop of St. Asaph, 
who had many chnrches dedicated to him which retain his name 
to this day. 

The eldest son, Sir Owain ab ürien, was one of King Arthur's 
Knights of the Ronnd Table, and was Begent of the British 
dÌTÌsion of the Eangdom of Scotland. He married Denyw, danghter 
to Latho, King of the Picts. From this marriage (6tìi in descent) 
was — 

Gronwy ab Einion (son of Einion Fawr ab Llywarch ab Rhirid 
ab Mor ab Pasgen, son of Sir Owain and issue of the aforesaid 
marriage,) was Lord of Iscennen, who married Llewelydd, daughter 
of Einion Clyd, Lord of Elfael (gu. a lion ramp. in a bordure 
arg. pelitée) ; and had issue a son : — 

Rhys ab Gronwy, Lord of Iscennen, who m. Marged, daughter 
and coheiress to Gruffydd ab Cydrych, Lord of Gwynfai. (Sa. a 
lion ramp. argent.) Her mother was daughter and coheiress to 
Hywel, Lord of Caerlleon, who bore gu. 3 towers triples, turreted 
arg. Elydr ab Rhys, Lord of Iscennen, &c., married Gwladys, 
daughter tp Phylip Bach (Gwaethfoed, Lord of Cardigan), Lord 
of Ysgynfraith (Ysgairfach), Glamorgan, who bore arg. a fesse 
gu. inter 2 cheyrons, the upper reverted, az. Their son was Sir 
Elydr Ddu or Lenard Ddu, who took the Cross and accompanied 
Richard Coeur de Lion in his crusade against the Saracens, and 
became Knight of the Sepulchre. This chieftain çnd warrior re- 
sided at Crûg, in the parish of Llandeilo Fawr, and was said to have 
been the first of his family who (after the fashion of the Planta- 
genet King and his court) prefixed " Fitz " to "ürien" which 
commemorated hiŵ descent from the royal Cymric lineage of 
Britain. He married Sesil, daughter of Sitsyllt ab Llewelyn, Lord 
of Cantref Selyf, ab Moreiddig Warwyn, also Lord of that place, who 
bore sa. three boars' heads couped proper crowned or, enwrapped 
with snake proper. Their son and heir was — 

Phylip ab Elydr, of the Crûg, married Gwladys, daughter and 
coheiress to Dafydd Fras, of Cydweli, son to Einion Goch ab 
Gruffydd ab Einion Fychan, descended from Bledri, third son of 

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Cadifor Fawr, Prince of Dyfed. Dafydd Fras bore arg. three 
buUs' heads, caboss sa. armed or. Their son was — 

Niclas ab Phylip (alias Fitz Urien), of the Crûg. His father 
married Jonnett, widow of Gruffydd Fychan, Lord of Caio and Cü 
y Cwm, and by him, her first husband, ancestress to the Williams' 
of Ystrad Ffin, Lord of Cil y Cwm {vide p. 100 of Lewys Dwnn's 
" Heraldic Yisitations in Wales" and the Marches), daughter of 
Gruffydd ab Llewelyn Foethus, who resided at Dryslwyn Castle, 
Lord of Llangathan, derived through the Lords of Llangathan 
from Elystan Glodrydd, Prince of Fferlis, founder of one of the 
Four Royal Tribes of Wales.* He died soon after his marriage, 
leaying a posthumous son who became a noted man in his time. 

Sir Gruffydd ab Niclas, of Dinefawr, called the " Eagle of 
Caermarthen," who played a conspicuous part in the annals of 
the country and in the Wars of the Roses, was the most 
unflinching and staunchest supporter of the House of York. In 
more peaceful times he was a great patron of the bards, and was 
president of a grand eisteddfod held at Caermarthen. His vast 
resources and political infiuence, through blood relationship 
with the chief Houses in South Wales, enabled him to bring 
an army into the fi eld which made him appear more like a 
SoYereign than a subject. He married thrice : — Ist, Mabli, eldest 
daughter of Meredydd ab Harri Dwnn of Cydweli and Cwrt 
Pibwr, after whose death he married, 2ndly, Marged, third dau. of 
Sir Thomas Perrot, of Haroldston (Tref Harallt), in the county 
of Pembroke by his wife Alis (Alice) Picton, of Cemmaes, descended 
from one of the original Knights of the Garter, temp. Edward 
in. viz., Sir Guy de Bryan, of Llacham (Laughame), K.G., 
Lord Admiral of the fieet sent against the French, and who is 

* " Blystan " is the Welsh f orm of Athelstan, Elystan Glodrydd having 
been the God-son of the Saxon Eìng Athelstan, A.D. 933, notwìthstanding 
which his God-f ather marched a strong army against Hereford at the time 
of Glodrydd's baptism (although the Earldom of Hereford was inherited by 
Glodrydd's mother), and imposed a heavy tribute in money, hounds, and 
hawks, The country of Elystan Glodrydd lay between the Wye and Severn, 
and was auciently called Fferlis. 

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2. Dafydd ab Tomas, called " Dafydd y Ceffyl Cwta," a 

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most daring soldier, somewhat akin in spirit to his noble and 
warlike charger. On one occasion his enemies broke down a bridge 
oyer which he was to pass : they foUowed him : he spurred his horse, 
which cleared ihe chasm. One of the bards calls this feat '^ Naid 
y march na neidir mwy." He fought on the side of Lancaster, and 
it is said that he relieved yonng Harri Tudor (Henry VIL) and 
Jasper his uncle at Pembroke Gastle. He died also leaying no 

, 3 Harri ab Tomas, of Olan Sawdde, near Llandorery. The 
bard Lewys Olyn Cothi compares Harri ab Tomas to ^' Harri 
Aü" (Henry IL), " Harri Trydydd " (Henry UL), and to " Harri 
Mynwy " (Harry of Monmouth, Henry V.), in stature, in wisdom, 
and ìn brayery. He mentions his descent from Urien Rheged, and 
also from Harri Dwnn, of Cydweli, and says, " The descendants 
of Elydr will neyer be driyen from South Wales. Although they 
had suffered in battle in many conflicts for eight summers, yet they 
at last obtained justice on their side." He giyes instances, and 
calls Harri ab Tomas the '^ Shield of his country," and condudes 
by mentioning the efficiency and prosperous state of his army. 
Harri ab Tomas marríed Annes (English Ägnes), daughter 
of Llewelyn ab Oruffydd ab Dafydd Ddynaw, by his wife Elen, 
daughter of leuan Ddu ab Owilym ab Phylip ab Aeddan ab Owaeth- 
foed, of Orosmont Gastle, a powerfal chieftaìn and lord in 
Owent, who took the Cross at the hands of Archbishop Baldwin, 
A.D. 1188. The mother of Elen and wife of leuan Ddu ab 
Owilym was Efa, daughter of Meredydd ab Bhys ab leuan ab 
Dafydd ab Oruffydd Ooeg. Harri ab Tomas had a son, Tomas ab 
Harrì, of Olan Sawdde, and in right of his wife of Dolau Cothi. 
He married Owenllian, daughter of Rhys ab Rhys, of Dolau Cothi, 
ab Oruffydd Fychan ab Dafydd Fongam, of Ystrad Ffin, Lord of 
Cil y Cwm (see Williams', of Ystrad Ffin) and Gwenllian his 
wife, daughter of Rhys ab Meredydd ab Owain, Lord of Tywyn, 
co. Cardigan. See ode addressed to this Rhys ab Meredydd, the 
munificent Lord of Tywyn, by Dafydd Nanmor. This lady was 
a sister of Rhydderch ab Rhys, Lord of Tywyn, spoken of by Lewys 

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of Olyn Cothi as a redoubtable warrior and one of the esqaires 
of the body of Kíng Henry YII. The mother of Bhys ab 
Bhys, of Dolau Cothi, and wife of Rhys ab Llewelyn, was Efa, 
daughter of Dafydd Morgan (ab Dafydd Vychan ab Dafydd ab 
Llewelyn ab Phylip Trahaiam, of Rhydodyn, descended from 
Idio Wyllt), by his wife, daughter of Rhydderch ab Tomas ab 
Dafydd ab Gruffydd ab Gronwy Goch, Lord of Llangathan (co. 
j Caermarthen). Their son leuan ab Tomas or ab Harri (Parri), 

of Dolau Cothi married, Ist, Mawd, daughter of Tomas ab 
Bhydderch ab Tomas Fychan, of Cryngae (the bard Dafydd ab 
Gwilym waa connected with the Cryngae family) ; 2ndly, Elen, dr. 
of Sir Richard Fychan (Yaughan), of Brodorddyn Castle, co. 
Hereford, and his wife Ann, daughter of John Butler, of Dunraven 
Castle, co. Glamorgan. By his second wife he had Morgan ab 
Harri (Parri), of Dolau Cothi, died s. p. Risiart ab Harri 
(Parri) died s. p. Ann, their sister, married, Ist, Lewys, of 
Abemant Bychan ; 2ndly, lago ab loan ( James Jones), third son 
of Sir Thomas Jones, of Abermarlais. Through this marriage of 
James Jones and Ann Harri the descendants of Tomas ab 
Grufíydd became united. 

4. Dafydd ab Tomas the younger. 

5. Rhys ab Tomas (the ancestor of the [now called] Rices of Dine- 
fawr), one of the most renowned men of his age. He accompanîed 
Harri Tudor to Bosworth Field, where he highly distinguished 
himself : he receiyed from the handô of his gratefal Soyereign 
a banneretship, and was made a Knight of the Garter. (See the 
Dinefawr Pedigree.) 

6. John ab Tomas, a son by his second wife, Elisabeth a dr. of 
John the Bold, Duke of Burgundy and Earl of Flanders, had 
Abermarlais by giffc of his half brother Sir Rhys ab Tomas, K.G. 
John ab Tomas married Elinor, daughter of Sir Tomas Vychan 
(Yaughan), of Brodorddyn (Bredwardine), by Elinor, his wife, dr. 
of Sir Robert Whitney, Knt, Lord of Whitney, co. Hereford, 
by his second wife, Constance, daughter of Touchet, Lord Audley, 
slain at Blore Heath, 1458, and materaal grandchild of the Lady 

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Constance Plantagenet, Conntess of Gloucester, dr. of Edmund 
Langley Duke of York, son of King Edward III. The aboye 
8ir Tomas Yychan (Yaughan) was a grandson of Sir Bichard 
Yychan, of Brodorddyn and Tref Tŵr, whose wife was Gwladys, 
daughter of Sir Dafydd Gam, who with his son-in-law were slain 
at the battle of Agincourt, temp. Henry Y. The Arms bome by 
John ab Tomas were Arg. chev. inter three rayens proper within a 
bordure engrailed gules bezantée. Crest on two pole axeB in 
Saltire or, a raven perched sa. Motto — " Deus pascit coryos." 
By his aforesaid wife he left issue : — 

1. Sir Thomas Jones, or Johnes, son andheir, of whom presently. 
The original name was leuan or loan, corrupted into Jones. One 
of the Joneses of Llanfair Clydogau was the first to use Johnes. 

2. Morgan Johnes, of Harmaston (co. Pembroke), married Mawd, 
of Picton, daughter of Sir Thomas Philipps, of Picton, Knight, 
and left Thomas Johnes, who married Elen, daughter of Sir John 
Wogan, Bjiight. 

3. William, from whom Sir James Wilyams, of Pant Hywel, 
Knight banneret. 

4. Walter Johnes. 

1. Elsbeth, married Tomas Lloyd, ab Robert, of Gelli-Gadrog 
and Glyn, Cydweli. 

2. Jennet married Tomas ab Gwilym Fychan, died s. p. 

3. ■ married Llewelyn Tomas. 

4. Marged married Gruflydd ab Harri, great-grandson of 
Rhydderch ab leuan Llwyd, of Parc Rhydderch (co. Cardigan), 
Lord of Geneu'r Glyn (by his second wife Mawd, daughter of 
Sir William Clement, Lord of Tregaron), ancestor to the 
ancient family of Gogerddan, by whom he had issue— two 
daughters, coheiresses : 1. Joan, wife of Huw ab Llewelyn 
Llwyd, of Llanllyr ; 2. Annes, márried John ab Hywel (Powel), 
of Prysg Melyn, Llansawyl. The eldest son, Sir Tomas Johnes, 
who succeeded his father at Abermarlais, married, first, Elisabeth, 
daughter and heiress of Sir Edward Dwnn (by Ann, daughter of 
Sir John Yerney, and grand-daughter of Sir John Dwnn, Knight, 

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of Abercyfor and Cwrt Pibwr, a manor under the Lordship of 
Cydweli), and Elisabeth his wife, daughter of Lord Hastings, by 
whom he had issue, two daughters, coheiresses of their mother. 

1. Ann Johnes married John Cotton, of Whittington or Wel- 
lington, co. Gloucester, by whom he had issue. 

2. Frances Johnes, 2nd coheiress, m. Ealf Lee, of Downterton, 
co. Chester, and by him ancestress of Donn Lèes, of Pibwr, Caer- 
marthen. Sir Thomas Johnes, on the death of his first wife, mamed, 
secondly, Mary, widow of Sir Thomas Perrot, of Haroldston (Tref 
Harallt), co. Pembroke, Knt., and daughter of the Honourable Sir 
James Berkeley (previously Esquire of the body to Henry VII.) ; 
second sonof Morris, dejure 8th Baron de Berkeley, co. Gloucester, 
and right heir to William, Lord Berkeley, Earl of Nottingham. 
The mother of Mary Berkeley or Perrot, Sir Thomas Johnes's 
second wife, was Susan, daughter and heiress of William de 
la Veel, otherwise Fitzalan, of Bristol ; the name of Veel being 
assumed by the family after her great-great-grandfather, the 
Honourable John Fitzalan, son of William, llth Earl of 
Arundel, K,G., and the Lady Joan, his countess, sister to 
Richard, the great Earl of Warwick and Salisbury (in history 
known as the " King Maker," and in romance as the " Last of the 
Barons"), and daughter to Richard Nevil, Earl of Salisbury, 
and his Countess, the heiress of Montacute. In consequence 
of this marriage, Sir Thomas Johnes, who serred High SheriflF 
of the several Counties of Caermarthen, Brecon, Cardigan, 
and Pembroke, resided at Haroldston, as well as Abermar- 
lais, served as first Knight of the Shire for the county of 
Pembroke, temp. Henry VIII., and by this Mary, who was 
descended through the Baronial Houses of Berkeley, Fitzalan, 
Nevil, and Mowbray, from King Edward L, and who married, 
thirdly, Sir Robert Whitney, Lord of Whitney, co. Hereford, left 
issue: — 

Sir Henry Jones, of Abermarlais and Castell Newydd (New 
Castle Emlyn), Kniglit of War, married first Elsbeth, daughter 
(by Mary his wife, daughter of Sir Thomas Gamage, Knight, 

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Lord of Coetty, Glamorgan, bjr his wife, Margaret, daaghter of 
Sir John 8t. John, of Bletso, K.B.) of Mathew Herbert, of 
Cogan Pill, 1596 (see his monnment in St. John's, Caerdaf 
(Cardiff), son and coheir to Sir George Herbert, Lord of Abertawi 
(Swansea) (by Elisabeth Ber^eley, daughter and heiress of Sir 
Thomas Berfceley, of Beyerston Castle, co. Gloucester, derÌTed 
from Thomas, third Lord Berkeley, of Berfceley Castle, co. 
Gloucester — ^her mother was the Hon. Elis*^ Nevil, daughter to 
Sir Edward Nevil, Lord of Abergarenny, and his wife, the Lady 
Elisabeth Beauchamp, daughter of Eichard Earl of Worcester, 
slain at Meaux, in France, A.D. 1422), heir to his matemal 
grandfather, Sir Mathew Caradoc, Lord of Swansea, and elder 
brother to that eminent statesman and soldier, William Herbert, 
Earl of Pembroke, ancestor to the noble houses of Pembroke and 
Caemaryon : by this lady Sir Henry Jones had issue, a son and 
heir, Thomas Jones, afterwards knighted. 

Sir Henry Jones m. (after the death of his first wife), 2ndly, 
the Lady Elinor, widow of Sir Roger Vychan, of Porthand, 
co. Brecon, and daughter of Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of 
Worcester (who died in 1549), by Elisabeth his wife, daughter 
of Sir Anthony Brown, Knight. By this lady, who died before 
her husband, Sir Henry had no issue. He resided with her at 
Porthaml for some years ; see his letter dated from this place in the 
" Stradling Correspondence." He married, thirdly, Elisabeth or 
Jane, daughter of Sir John 'Salsbri, of Lleweni, Chancellor and 
Chamberlain of Denbighshire, and M.P. for the county, temp. 
Henry VIIL, Edward VL, and Queen Mary. But by this lady, 
who was widow of John Salsbri, of Bûg, he had no issue. His 
elder and only son and heir was knighted, and became Sir Thomas 
Jones, of Abermarlais, Castell Newydd Emlyn (Newcastle Emlyn), 
and Haroldston (Tref Harallt), co. Pembrofce, and was several 
times high sheriff of the counties of Pembroke, Caermarthen, 
and Cardigan. He married Jane, daughter and coheiress of 
Bowland Puleston (by Annes, daughter of Rowland Gruffydd 
of Plas Newydd, Anglesea, a branch of the Grafifydd fnmily of 

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Penrhyn, and descended maternally from John ab Meredydd 
Rhiwaedog, called " Yswain y Grach," coiisin to Owain Tudur, 
of Penmynydd — see Yorke's "Royal Tribes," — and from Tudur, 
brother to the renowned Owain Glyndwr, representative of 
the Sovereign Princes of North and South Wales, and second 
son of Sir John Puleston, of Bersham, Chamberlain of North 
Wales, and Constable of Caemarvon Castle, descended from 
Puleston, of Hafod y Wern and Bersham, near Wrexham, 
through Madog, 2nd son (by Angharad his wife, daughter and 
coheiress of Dafydd ab Gronwy ab lorwerth, of Llai, derived 
patemally from Sandde Hardd, and maternally from Rhisiart ab 
Cadwaladr ab Gruffydd ab Cynan, Prince of North Wales, and 
the De Clares, Earls of Hereford, and the Earls Palatine of 
Chester), of Robert Puleston, of Emral, supporter and brother^in- 
law of Owain Glyndwr. Sir Thomas Jones left issue by this lady. 

1. Sir Henry Jones, created a Baronet, who m., first, a daughter 
of Richard Herbert of Montgomery ; 2ndly, a daughter of Sir Henry 
WiUiams, of Gwernyfed, co. Brecon, by whom he had two sur- 
viving daughters, coheiresses, Elinor, died unmarried, 1705 ; 
Elisabeth, married Sir Francis Comwallis, Knight. 

2. Thomas Jones, married, but left no issue, 1608. 

3. Rowland married, but left no issue. 

4. Richard died s. p. 

5. Herbert Jones, M.A., of Llanover, co. Monmouth, Rector of 
Llangatwg, Crughywel, Chancellor of Llandaff, married Susan, 
daughter to John Jones, of Llanover, Registrar of Gloucester, 
descended from Hywel ab Siencyn, brother to Gwilym ab Siencyn, 
whose daughter and heiress married Richard Prys (or ab Rhys), of 
Gogerddan, and was by him mother to John Prys of that place, 
barrister-at-law, M.P. for Cardigan, and one of the council of 
the Marches. Elisabeth, daughter and sole heiress, married Hywel 
Gwynn, of Glan Brân, co. Caermarthen, and had issue, with 
others Rowland Gwynn, and Susan Gwynn, who married 
her kinsman, Thomas Gwynn, of Cynghordy; and had issue, 
Elisabeth, eldest daughter, married Rev. Francis Beale, of 

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Pentre Çŵn, near Llandeilo, M.A., Vicar of Llangammarch, whose 
daughter married the Rev. Thomas Prothero, M.A., Vicar of 
Llangadog. Mary Gwynn, the youngest, married Miles Stedman, 
of Dôl y Gaer, ob. 1719. Miles Stedman, son of the above 
Miles Stedman of Dôl y Gaer, high sheriff in 1725, married 
Mary Lloyd, elder daughter and coheiress of the Glan Gwili 
estate. Dorothy, the youngest of their two only daughters, 
married the Rev. Thomas Prothero. The only representative of 
the Stedmans and Protheros of Dôl y Gaer is Mr. Wüliam Gwynn 
Stedman Thomas, of Caermarthen, the well known genealogist. 

1. Elsbeth Jones married Sir William Aubrey. 2. Mary, 
twin Bister, married Rhydderch Gwynn, of Glan Brân, and 
their eldest son was the aforesaid Hywel Gwynn. 3. Agnes married, 
Ist, Sir George Mortimer, of Coedmor, no issue; 2ndly, John 
Stedman, of Plas Cilcennin, co. Cardigan; her descendants by 
him were the Viscounts Lisburne, Trawsgoed, and the Lloyds of 
Glan Gwili, co. Caermarthen. The brothers of the first Sir Henry 
Jones of Abermarlais were the following : — 

2. Richard Johnes, second son of the first Sir Thomas Johnes, 
of Abermarlais, by Mary Perrot (Berkeley), became seated at Cwm 
Gwili, by marriage with Elsbeth (Elizabeth), daughter of Gruffydd 
Llwyd, ab Gruffydd, ab Lewys, of that place, descended 
from Cadifor Fawr, Prince of Dyfed. This gentleman is recorded 
in Foxe's Book of Martyrs — as the Richard Jones, son of a knight, 
who vÌ8Ìted the noble martyr Bishop Ferrar of St. David's, previous 
to his suffering at the stake at Caermarthen in 1555, temp. Queen 

3. Elinor Johnes married Gruffydd Rice (properly Rhys), 
of Dinefawr, and had issue — Sir Walter Rice (Rhys), of 
Dinefawr; Barbara who married, but died s. p. ; and Mary, wife of 
Walter Vaughan (Fychan), of Golden Grove (Gelli Aur), and 
had with several other children who married and had issue, an elder 
son, John, afterwards John Vaughan, created Earl of Carbery, 
of Golden Grove, co. Caermarthen. 

4. Catherine, wife of Thomas Vaughan, of Penbre and Dunraven, 

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who pnrchased the estate of Falerston, co. Wîlts, after the 
death of her husband (by whom she had with other issue, Sir Walter 
Vaughan, A.D. 1600, of Dunraven, Penbre Court, and Falerton, 
father of Sir Charles Yaughan, living 1623, of Dunraven, Penbre, 
and Porthaml). She, 2ndly, became third wife of Eichard 
Basset, of Beaupre, Glamorgan. 

5. Third son, James Johnes, of Abermâd and Llanbadam 
Fawr, was 3rd son of Sir Thomas Johnes, of Abermarlais, and his 
second wife Mary Perrot, brother to Sir Henry Jones, of Abermar- 
lais, and half brother to Sir John Perrot, of Carew Castle, Lord 
Deputy of Ireland, temp. Queen Elisabeth, married, Ist, Elsbeth, 
daughter of Watcyn Thomas, of Llwyn lorwerth, co. Cardigan, 
and widow of Morgan Dafydd Llwyd, of Glasgrug, who died s. p. 
This gentleman served High Sheriff for the county of Cardigan 
1586. He married, 2ndly, Ann, the youthful widow of James 
Lewys, Abernant Bychan, in co. Cardigan, and daughter (by 
Elinor his wife, fourth daughter of Sir Richard Yaughan, 
Knight of War — present in the war of France, A.D. 1513, and 
High Sheriff for the county of Hereford, 22nd Henry VIII., 
A.D. 1530 — by Ann his wife, sister to Arnold Butler, of Dunraven 
and Penbre Court) of John Tomas ab Harri, of Cryngae, Castell 
Newydd Emlyn, and Dolau Cothi. By this lady, who became ulti- 
mately coheiress to her brother, Mr. Johnes left issue a daughter, 
Mary, wife to David Llwyd, of Glan Sevin, Llangadog, co. Caer-. 
marthen, a son, Thomas Johnes, of Abermâd, Llanbadam Fawr, 
and Dolau Cothi, High Sheriff of Cardiganshire, A.D. 1618, 
married Mary, third daughter (by his second wife Ann, eldest of 
the three daughters of John Wogan, of Wiston, co. Pembroke, 
and Sesil his wife, daughter of Sir Edward Carn, of Ewenni 
Abbey, Glamorgan, Knight, and D.C.L., temp. Henry VIII., 
Edward VI., and Mary, last Ambassador to the Pope, who died and 
was buried at Rome. See his letter in Buraet's " History of the 
Reformation." The mother of Sesil was Ann, daughter of 
William Denis, of Ashtorton, co. Gloucester) of James Lewys, 
of Abemant Bychan, co. Cardigan, llth in direct descent from 


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Ednowain ab Bradwen, of Llys Bradwen, by whom he had a 
daughter, Winefred, who married, Ist, Dafydd (Llwyd), descended 
from Tudwal ab Ehodri Mawr ; ^ndly, Robert Birt, of Llwyn Dyrys, 
and left a son and heir. This Mary, after the death of her husband, 
Mr. Johnes, married, 2ndly, Rowland Pugh, (properly ab Huw) 
of Mathafam, co. Montgomery. She was his second wife, and 
became the mother of his heir, John Pugh (ab Huw), of that 
place, and stepmother to her danghter-in-law, Mary Pugh, first wife 
of her son James Johnes, of Abermâd and Dolau Cothi, who 
was High Sheriff for Caermarthenshire, 1667, and for Cardi- 
ganshire in 1670. He first married Mary Pugh, daughter of 
Rowland Pugh (ab Huw), of Mathafarn, by his wife Elisabeth, 
daughter of Sir Richard Pryse (Prys), of Gogerddan and Aber- 
bychan, M.P. for the borough of Cardigan by whom he had issue 
a son and heir : — 

1. Thomas Johnes, became jure uxoris of Llanfair Clydogau, 
of whom presently. After Mrs. Johnes's death, James Johnes 
married, 2ndly, the cousin of his wife, viz., Mary Prys, 
younger of the two only daughters of Sir John Prys (by Mary 
his wife, daughter of Sir Henry Bromley, Holt Castle, co. Worces- 
ter, and Elisabeth, his first wife, daughter of the Hon. Sir William 
Pelham, of Brokley, co. Lincoln, Justiciary and Lord Deputy of 
Ireland), of Aberbychan and Gogerddan, and sister to Sir Richard 
Prys, of Gogerddan, created a Baronet (1641), which baronetcy 
became extinct in 1694, and the last of the line Edward Prys, 
died unmarried abroad 1699. By his second wife Mr. Johnes also 
had issue : — 

2. John Jones, of Abermâd, married Ann, daughter of Hywel 
Gwynn, Glan Brân, from whom descended the Jones' of Abermâd, 
since extinct. They bore Argent a chev. sa. between 3 ravens ppr., 
within a bordure, gu. bezantée. Motto — " Deus pascit corvos." 

3. Richard died s. p. 

4. James Johnes, of Llandref Gruffydd, issue extinct 1709. 
1. Ann Johnes married, first, John Lloyd, of Glan Gwili and 

Ystrad Corwg ; after the death of her first husband, about 1784, she 

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marríed, secondlj, Edward Jones, of Llanina, which place he gaye 
up to hÌ8 son and resided with this Ann, his second wife, at Ystrad 

2. Bridget Johnes married, Ist, Thomas Lloyd, of Bronwydd, hy 
whom he had iasne; secondly, John Williams, of Tal y Llychau 
(Talley), and it is said they resided at Dolau Gothi. The elder son, 
issae of the first marríage of his father with Mary Pagh, of Math- 
afam, was Thomas Johnes, who succeeded his father at Dolan Gothi, 
and marríed Elisaheth, danghter and heiress of Thomas Lloyd, 
of Llanfair GlydogaUy and had issue :— 

1. Thomas Johnes, esq., of whom hereafter. 

2. James Johnes, of Dolau Gothî, who marríed Gomelia, 
daughter of William Llwyd, of Llanllyr, co. Gardigan, and by her 
had issue a son, Thomas Johnes, of Dolau Gothi and Pen y Bont, 
who eyentually it is said represented and inheríted the estates of 
the elder branch of the family. 

1. Elisabeth marríed her kinsman, Eichard Jones, of Abermâd, 
son and heir of the aforesaid John Jones, of Abermâd, by 
Ann, daughter of Hywel Gwynn, of Glan Brân, and he had 
ìssue, a son, James Jones, of Abermâd, whose only issue was 
Thomas Jones, of Abermâd, with whom it is supposed the line 
became extinct. 

2. Ann marríed Morgan Llwyd, of Llwyd Siac, descended from 
Gwaethfoed, Lord of Gardigan. The eldest son, Thomas Johnes, 
of Llanfair Glydogau, High Sheriff for Gardiganshire 1705, marríed 
Ann, daughter of David Lloyd, of Giynfryn (descended from 
Tudwal Glofif ab Ehodrí Mawr, King of all Wales), and had issue, 
with two daughters, Grace, the wife of Lewis Yaughan, and Elisa- 
bcth, marríed Gwyn WiUiams, of Pen y Bont, co. Brecon. He left 
a son and a successor: — 

Thomas Jobnes, of Llanfair Glydogau, Lord Lieutenant 
and Custos Roiulorum, and who represented the county of Cardigan 
in Parliament from 1713 to 1722, married Jane, daughter and 
heiress of WiUiam Herbert, of Hafod Uchtryd, co. Cardigan, who 
died s. p. Mr. . Johnes married, secondly, Blanch, daughter of 

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David Van, of Llanwern, in Gwent, but dying s.p. 1733, he 
devised his estates (will dated 28th of May, 1733) to his cousin : — 

Thomas Johnes, of Dolau Cothi and Pen y Bont, married 
Mary, daughter and coheiress of Jeremiah Powell (ab Hywel,) of 
Cwm Elen, co. Radnor, and had issue :— 1. Thomas Johnes, of Llan- 
fair Clydogau and Croft Castle, Radnorshire, M.P. for tbat county, 
married Elisabeth, daughter and heiress of Richard Knight, 
of Croffc Castle, by Elisabeth his wife, daughter of Samuel Powell (ab 
Hywel,) of Stanedge, and had is&ue: — Thomas Johnes, of Hafod 
Uchtryd, co. Cardigan, M.P. for Cardigan in 1774, the election of 
which Borough he contested with Sir Robert Smith, and on petition 
was declared the sitting member (M.P.) for Radnorshire 1780, 1784, 
and 1790 ; and in 1796, 1802, 1806, 1807, and 1812 for Cardigan- 
shire, of which county he was Lord Lieutenant. He was also 
auditor of the Land Revenue in Wales. He married, first, Maria 
de Burgh, of Monmoutb, and secondly his cousin, Jane Johnes, of 
Dolau Cothi, daughter of John Johnes. He died without sur- 
viving issue, 1816 ; his only daughter, Mary Ann, having pre- 
viously died unmarried. He was one of the most liberal men of his 
tinie, a great promoter of agriculture and literature: he made Hafod 
an Eden out of the wildemess; he brought barren land into the 
highest state of cultivation, and built a magnificent mansion at 
Hafod, but it was bumt down on the 13th of March, 1807, when he 
. was attending his parliamentary duties, and a costly library and a fine 
collection of MSS. were consumed. He rebuilt his mansion ; 
but after his death Hafod was söld to the Dul&e of Newcastle, who 
subsequently sold it again. 

There is an elegant monument to Miss Johnes in Eglwys Newydd, 
by Chantrey. 

Samuel Johnes, in Holy Orders fellow of All Souls, Oxford, and 
Rector of Wel wyn, Herts. This gentleman took the name of Knight : 
his only daughter and heiress, Louisa, married Sir John Yilliers 
Shelley, of Maresfield Park, Bart., who left one daughter and 
heiress, Blanch Henrietta Johnes (coheiress also to the Barony of 
de Sudelcj, created by writ, 1299), married in 1874 to Hervey 

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Chas. Pechell, e8q., son of the Rev. Horace and Lady Caroline 
Mary Pechell. Elisabeth (daughter of Thomas Johnes), of Llanfair 
Clydogau and Croft Castle, married John Hanbury Williams, of 
Nant Oer (Coldbrook), co. Mon., died s. p. 
2. John Johnes, of whom presently. 

1. Elisabeth married to John Lewys, esq. 

2. Mary Ann married John Hughes, of Tŷ Mawr, esq., died s. p. 

3. Grace died unmarried. 

4. Catherine married to George Lewys, of Bamesfield, esq. 
The Second son, John Johnes, of Dolau Cothi, married Jane, 

daughter of Hector Rhys, of Cwrt Penbre, b. 1784, and had 
issue, John his heir. 

1. Jane married Thomas Johnes, of Hafod Uchtryd. 

2. Mary Ann married, Ist, the Rey. John Lloyd, of Briwnant; 
2ndly, John Philips, of Llandeilo. 

3. Elisabeth Margaret. 

4. Charlotte died unmarried. 

John Johnes, of Dolau Cothi, b. 1790, d. 1815, m. Elisabeth, 
daughter of John Bowen, of Maes Llan Wrthwl, esq., and had 
issue : — 

1. John Johnes, of Dolau Cothi. See commencement. 

1. Elisabeth, married William Bonville, of Bryn Tywi, esq. 

2. Mary Ann, married J. Walter Lloyd, of Pentre'r Athraw, esq. 

3. Jane, married James Beek, Captain, H.E.LC. 


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