He spent some forty years in London , and after initial misadventures made a large fortune out of army contracts. In 1768 he was sheriff of Brecknock , and bought the estates of Trevecka and Tregunter , rebuilding Tregunter mansion in 1770 . His life in London had been irregular, he was married, but it is not known who his wife was, nor when she d., and he had at least three children. One of these, Elizabeth Robinson , associated with the Trevecka community during her residence at Tregunter ; another, Thomas Robinson , a drunken boor, is known as the husband of the famous actress Mary Darby (‘ Perdita ’ — see D.N.B. ); their daughter was b. at Trevecka House and christened at Talgarth 25 Oct. 1774 . Mrs. Robinson (‘ Perdita has left an unflattering, ‘warts and all’ description of her father-in-law's person and habits in her autobiography, Memoirs of the late Mrs. Robinson written by herself (1803). He did little for her and left his property to his niece, the daughter of his brother Joseph .
Thomas Harris d. 23 Sept. 1782 . Letters which passed between him and his brother Howel are in the Trevecka Collection at the National Library of Wales .
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 1959