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EDWARDS family, of Cilhendre and Plas Yolyn ( Salop ).

This Border family claimed descent from Iddon ap Rhys Sais of Cilhendre (ancestor of the Heylins ), who m. a daughter of Sir John Done , also an ancestor of the Myddeltons and of John Jones ( 1597? - 1660 ) the regicide . The surname was adopted early in the 16th cent. , but the family did not become prominent till the 17th cent. , when THOMAS EDWARDS ( 1592 - 1667 ), of Cilhendre and Plas Yolyn , an intimate friend of the 2nd Sir Thomas Myddelton , was one of the civilian envoys deputed by Thomas Mytton to negotiate the surrender of Anglesey ( May — June 1646 ) and Harlech ( 16 March 1647 ), becoming governor of Wrexham in 1647 . His namesake, who signed the loyal declaration of the Salop gentry in 1642 and was declared a delinquent in 1650 , was almost certainly his second cousin of Shrewsbury , sheriff of Salop 1644 and created a baronet 1645 ( J. R. Phillips , Civil War , ii, 43; G.E.C. , Baronetage , ii, 243). He remained on friendly terms with his fellow-envoy John Jones the regicide ; his son, THOMAS EDWARDS , M.D. (d. 1668 ), m. Jones 's niece, the daughter of Watkin Kyffin , Myddelton 's agent at Chirk . Jones is traditionally believed to have stayed at Cilhendre in May 1660 , before returning to London to face his doom, and his son John in later years frequently visited his widowed cousin there, taking a lease of the house in 1688 and dying in it c. 1717 . Thomas Edwards 's daughter and heiress, Judith , m. JOHN MORRALL , and they and their descendants lived at Plas Yolyn , whence the family papers of the regicide found their way to the National Library of Wales in 1937 , Cilhendre having been demolished in 1794 .

Sources:

  • History of the Princes, the Lords Marcher, and the Ancient Nobility of Powys Fadog , iv, 88-90;
  • N.L.W. Plas Yolyn Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) ;
  • W. M. Myddelton , Chirk Castle Accounts, A.D. 1605-1666 (St. Albans, 1908) , 34, 68, 127;
  • Calendar of Wynn (of Gwydir) Papers, 1515–1690, in the National Library of Wales and elsewhere (1926) , 1774 , 1777-9 , 1782 , 1797-1801 ;
  • J. R. Phillips , Memoirs of the Civil War in Wales and the Marches, 1642–1649 (1874) , ii, 42-3, 307-8, 312-3, 332-3;
  • A. N. Palmer , A history of the older nonconformity of Wrexham and its neighbourhood being the third part of 'A history of the town and parish of Wrexham' (1888) , 7-8;
  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1948 , 253-70;
  • Calendar of the Committee for Compounding with Delinquents, etc., 1643–1660 , i, 205.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Arthur Herbert Dodd, M.A., (1891-1975), Bangor

Corrections and additions:

EDWARDS (FAMILY), Cilhendre ( DWB , 182).

‘ancestor of the Heylins ’ should be deleted.

Author:

Peter Clement Bartrum, Berkhamsted, Herts

Published date: 1959