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GRIFFITH , WALTER ( 1727 - 1779 ), captain R.N. ,

b. 15 May 1727 , had a distinguished career which is described in the D.N.B. and (more fully) in Mont. Worthies . He went to sea at sixteen, took part in the war of the Austrian succession till 1748 , and was afterwards (till 1750 ) on the West India station . Recommissioned in 1753 , he was captain in 1759 and rendered valuable service in the actions which led up to the battle of Quiberon Bay . From 1760 to 1763 (when he retired) he was on the Mediterranean . The war of American independence recalled him to active service, and he was killed off S. Lucia , 18 Dec. 1779 . The D.N.B. statement that he was of an old Merioneth family needs rectifying. He was in fact the younger son of Ralph Griffith , of Bron-gain in Llanfechain, Mont. — see J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees , 119, 233. The statement in Em. W. that he was b. ‘at the mansion of his very ancient family at Caerhun ’, near Conway , is in conflict with that in Mont. Worthies , which places the event at Bron-gain , with greater probability. There may be confusion between the Walter Griffith here noticed and his nephew, also Walter Griffith and also R.N. , son of his elder brother Ralph Griffith of Brongain , who m. as his first wife Catherine Jones , heiress of the Davieses of Caerhun ( Griffith , op. cit., 233); the younger Walter Griffith (who in 1798 took the surname Booth ) was the son of a second marriage.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959