Rowland Fothergill , who was high sheriff of Glamorgan in 1850 , d. 19 Sept. 1871 , and was buried at Pendoylan church, and the Hensol estate , with its castle, descended to his heiress, Isabella , daughter of his sister Ann , who m. 1877 , Sir Rose Lambert Price , bart.
Fothergill was elected on the first Aberdare board of health in 1854 , and, on Merthyr and Aberdare becoming entitled to two members of Parliament , in 1868 , Henry Richard (q.v.) and he were elected. In Parliament he took an active part in advertising the valuable properties of South Wales coal for the navy as compared with that of the North Country and Scottish coals; he spoke on 29 July 1870 , during the Franco-Prussian war , pointing out its non-smoking qualities as essential for this country in such a crisis. He was ably supported by Sir H. H. Vivian (q.v.) . He was an original member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1869 , and in 1871 was elected a member of its council. He m. in 1848 Elizabeth , sister of James Lewis , Plas-draw , Aberdare , and after her death, m. 31 Dec. 1850 , Mary Roden . He continued to sit in Parliament until 1880 , when he retired to Tenby , where he d. 24 June 1903 .
As a result of great changes in the manufacture of steel through the Bessemer process, and owing to coal strikes , the companies of which Fothergill was chief failed disastrously, as did so many others at this period. Llwydcoed and Abernant iron-works closed down, never to be reopened.
Watkin William Price, M.A., (1873-1967), Aberdare
Published date: 1959