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GRIFFITH family, of Garn and Plasnewydd, Denbs.

Particulars of many of the members of this family are given in The Family of Griffith of Garn and Plasnewydd … as registered in the College of Arms from the beginning of the XIth century. Edited … by T. A. Glenn ( London , privately printed, 1934 ), a work based on family and other documents. The descent is traced from Eadwine of Atiscross , the Edwin of Tegeingl (q.v.) of genealogists . At least two members of this family were poets , viz. Ieuan ap Llywelyn Fychan (q.v.) (d. 1532 ), and his son Gruffydd ap Ieuan ap Llywelyn Fychan ( c. 1485 - 1553 ) (q.v.) ; the father lived at Llannerch , in the township of Llewenni, Denbs. , a house afterwards associated with the Davies family, of Llannerch and Gwysaney (see the article Davies-Cooke ). A ‘ Cowydd i'r Crud ’ by him is in N.L.W. MS. 3048 . T. A. Glenn , who could not (in 1934 ) accept some of the conclusions reached by the editor of Detholiad o Waith Gruffudd ab Ieuan ap Llewelyn Vychan ( Bangor , 1910 ), was able to throw additional light on the career of the bard . Gruffydd ap Ieuan 's first wife was Janet , daughter of Richard ap Howel (see Mostyn of Mostyn ); his successor in the Griffith line was THOMAS AP , his son by his second wife, Alice , daughter of John Owen , Tre Bwll , Llansantffraid, Denbs. Thereafter there is a succession of men who served their county or their country in various ways. EDWARD GRIFFITH ( 1589 - 1671? ), grandson of Gruffydd ap Ieuan ap Llywelyn Fychan , was a Royalist ; he was lieutenant colonel of the Denbigh militia , and one of the defenders of Denbigh castle during the civil war . After the Restoration he became clerk to the court of great sessions for Denbighshire and Montgomeryshire . JOHN GRIFFITH ( 1763 - 1834 ), recorder of Denbigh , 1817-34 , was returned as M.P. for Denbigh Boroughs in 1818 and again in 1826 , and was a prominent agriculturist . EDWARD GRIFFITH ( 1792 - 1872 ), one of whose seats was Gwastadfryn in the parish of Llanfihangel-y-pennant, Mer. , was sheriff of that county for the year 1850-1 .


  • T. A. Glenn , The family of Griffith of Garn and Plasnewydd in the County of Denbigh, as registered in the College of Arms from the beginning of the XIth Century (1934) .


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959