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HUGHES , DAVID (d. 1609 ) founder of Beaumaris grammar school ;

b. in the parish of Llantrisant , Anglesey , he may have been the David Hughes of county Caernarvon , b. 1561 , who entered Gray's Inn from Magdalen College , Oxford , 28 Jan. 1583 ( Foster , Alumni. Oxon. ; Gray's Inn Admission Register , 28 Jan 1582-3 ), but another account of him, claiming to be based on sources not now available, suggests that he was b. about 1536 and received no university education ( John Morgan , David Hughes, Founder of Beaumaris Free Grammar School … 1883 ; see also Poetical Works of Richard Llwyd , 21n). Settling in Norfolk , he was appointed steward of the manor of Woodrising about 1596 . In 1602 he established the Free Grammar School at Beaumaris . His will, dated 30 Sept. 1609 , endowed the school and made provision for the establishment of an almshouse at Llannerch-y-medd . The almshouse was actually built at Beaumaris .

Sources:

  • David Hughes, M. A., and his free grammar school at Beaumaris an historical essay , Bangor, 1864 , 1864 , reissued (ed. by Vaughan Bowen ) 1933 ;
  • E. Madoc Jones , ‘The Free Grammar School of Beaumaris’ in Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club , 1922 ;
  • Reports of the Historical Manuscripts Commission , Gawdy MSS. , Tenth Report , Appendix II, 67, 68, 96;
  • Report of the Charity Commission , part I, xli, 725;
  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families , 1914 , 52;
  • NLW MS 1527 (Kinmel MS. 27).

Author:

Professor Glyn Roberts, M.A., (1904-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959