The bishop left no children, but his brother JOHN DOLBEN (of Caeau Gwynion ) became through his daughter Emma (m. Rev. Hugh Williams of Llantrisant ) the grandfather of Sir William Williams the Speaker ( 1634 - 1700 ) . Another brother, WILLIAM DOLBEN (d. 1643 ), after receiving a pardon from Charles I in 1625 for crimes of violence, was dismissed from the county bench and the aldermanship of Denbigh as a ‘ common barrator ’ in 1638 , when complaints were also made of him to Laud by his vicar ; but he was once more reinstated and served as sheriff in 1639 ( N.L.W. Llewenny MSS. 3 (33, 48, 65, 146), 40 (4) , N.L.W. MS. 1600 (250, 256) ). William 's eldest son JOHN DOLBEN (d. 1662 ), who succeeded to the estate, was a lieut.-colonel in Charles 's army, helped to defend Denbigh castle , and was fined (at one-tenth) £107 by Parliament in 1647 . In Sept. 1659 he took part in Booth's rebellion and helped to hold Chirk castle for Charles II . Two other members of the family took part in the attempt to surprise Denbigh and Ruthin castles for the king in May and July, 1648 , and another manufactured saltpetre for the county Royalist forces under authority of the local commissioners of array ( Cal. Cttee. for Compounding , iii, 1718; Camb. Quart. Mag. , i, 72; Hist. MSS. Com. , Portland , i, 475-6; C.J. , vii, 791). JOHN DOLBEN (d. 1709 ), son of the Royalist colonel , was in 1684 one of a commission of ten on concealed Crown lands in Denbighshire ( Cal. Treasury Books , vii, 1132). With him the direct male line died out, the estate passing through his daughter to her husband John Mostyn , great-grandson of Sir Roger Mostyn (d. 1642 — see the article Mostyn of Mostyn ) and pioneer of the broadcloth industry at Denbigh ( 1749- c. 1770 ).
Other branches of the family remained prominent in local society and politics until the 18th cent. , some members holding minor office under the revived Council of Wales after the Restoration ( Cal. S.P. Dom. , 1660-1 (104), 1667 (139); Cal. Treas. Books , iv, 751, vi, 534, vii, 543, ix, 1845 ), others playing their part in the civic life of Ruthin ( W. M. Myddelton , Chirk Castle Accounts, 1666-1753 ; N.L.W. Brogyntyn MSS., letter 100 ); while DAVID DOLBEN ( c. 1686 - c. 1749 ), son of Hugh Dolben of Llangynhafal , after education at Ruthin and at Magdalene , Cambridge , held several Denbighshire livings and became a canon of Bangor ( A. I. Pryce , Diocese of Bangor Through Three Centuries , 18, 21, 27-8). But the most prominent members of the family after the bishop of Bangor 's death sprang from a branch which had migrated to Pembrokeshire . The founder of this branch was JOHN DOLBEN , merchant , of Haverfordwest , whose precise relationship to the parent stock is uncertain, but who m. Alice , daughter of Richard Myddelton of Denbigh and sister of Sir Hugh Myddelton . His son WILLIAM DOLBEN ( 1588 - 1631 ), successively vicar of Stackpool Elidyr, Pembs. ( 1616 ), Lawrenny, Pembs. ( 1620 ), rector of Llanynys, Denbs. ( 1623 ), and of Stanwick and Benefield, Northants. ( 1623 ), m. Elizabeth , daughter of captain Hugh Williams of Wig , a soldier of fortune ( A.P.C. , 1621-3 , 368), and of Elizabeth , sister of archbishop John Williams . Through the influence of his wife's uncle (then bishop of Lincoln ) he was made prebendary of Caistor ( 1629 ), and just before his death he is said to have been named for a Welsh bishopric, but this cannot have been Bangor (as suggested in D.N.B. ), since the see was not vacant till a month after he died. His Puritan sympathies (exceptional in the family) appear in his bequest of £20 towards the ‘lectures’ established in 1630 at Haverfordwest under the will of his cousin William Myddelton , merchant , of London ( Report on Charities , no. 28, 1834 , 726; N.L.W. Haverfordwest MS. 390a ). His two sons, John Dolben , archbishop of York , and Sir William Dolben , judge , together with many eminent descendants of the former, are the subjects of full-length articles in D.N.B. ; the information which follows is concerned in the main with their Welsh connections.
Emeritus Professor Arthur Herbert Dodd, M.A., (1891-1975), Bangor
Published date: 1959