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HUGHES , HUGH ROBERT ( 1827 - 1911 ), of Kinmel and Dinorben , genealogist

Born 6 June 1827 , son of Hugh Robert Hughes of Bache Hall , Cheshire , by his second wife, Anne , daughter of Thomas Lance of Wavertree Hall, Lancs.

His grandfather, the Rev. EDWARD HUGHES , M.A. ( 1738 - 1815 ), was the first of the family to settle at Kinmel , an ancient seat of the Hollands (7), acquiring the estate through purchase at the end of the 18th cent. He was the son of HUGH HUGHES of Lleiniog , Anglesey ( 1705/6 - 1773/4 ), who entered the service of Dr. Edward Wynne of Bodewryd as secretary and agent , and in the course of his career acquired sufficient means and standing to settle his three sons in positions of advantage. Thus Edward , the eldest, was m. to Mary , daughter and co-heiress of Robert Lewis of Llysdulas , chancellor of Bangor , and in right of his wife came into possession of the moiety of the western part of Parys mountain , Amlwch , and of the rich deposits of copper which were discovered there during the latter half of the 18th cent. As principal proprietor of the Parys Mine , from which he drew considerable profits, Edward Hughes was succeeded by his son WILLIAM LEWIS HUGHES ( 1767 - 1852 ), M.P. for Wallingford, Berks. , 1802-26 and 1830-31 , who in 1831 was created baron Dinorben . The next heir to the estate was the latter's son, William Lewis Hughes II ( 1821 - 1852 ), 2nd baron Dinorben ; but as he d. unmarried, eight months after his father on 6 Oct. 1852 , Kinmel and Dinorben came to his cousin, Hugh Robert Hughes the younger , under the entail created by their grandfather.

Hughes served as high sheriff of Anglesey in 1855 , and of Flintshire in 1871 , was placed on the commission of the peace for both counties, held the rank of colonel in the Denbighshire Yeomanry Cavalry , and in 1871 was appointed lord lieutenant of Flintshire . He unsuccessfully contested the Flintshire seat in 1861 , but public life was not his metier, and his chief claim to recognition rests on his undoubted competence as an authority on Welsh heraldry and genealogy . He was particularly interested in the history of the ancient families of North Wales , as is shown by his frequent and valuable contributions to Bye-Gones and his correspondence with fellow enthusiasts.

He m., 1853 , Florentia Emily Liddell , second daughter of Henry Thomas , 2nd lord Ravensworth , by whom he had issue Hugh Seymour Bulkeley Lewis Hughes , the heir to the estate, one other son, and five daughters. He d. 29 April 1911 .

See also Hughes , Michael .


  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (1914) , 332-3;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 3 May 1911 ;
  • The Times , 1 May 1911 ;
  • Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales , 409-10;
  • Lewis , A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) under Amlwch;
  • A. H. Dodd , The Industrial Revolution in North Wales (Cardiff, 1933) , 161, 316;
  • U.C.N.W., Penrhos Manuscripts and Bangor Manuscripts at University College North Wales Library, Bangor 552, 5913;
  • NLW MSS 1501-1631 .


Emyr Gwynne Jones, M.A., (1911-72), Bangor

Published date: 1959