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JOHNES , JOHN ( 1800 - 1876 ), barrister-at-law and county court judge ,

son of John Johnes , D.L. ( high sheriff of Carmarthenshire , 1803 ), Dolau Cothi, Carms. , by Elizabeth daughter of John Bowen of Maes , Llanwrthwl ( Brecknock .). He was educated at Brasenose College , Oxford . He m. in 1822 , Elizabeth , daughter of the Rev. John Edwardes of Gileston Manor, Glam. Called to the Bar ( Inner Temple ) in 1831 , he served as assistant commissioner under the Tithe Commutation Act and on the Admiralty, Copyhold, Enclosure, and Lunacy Commissions . He was appointed judge of the county court of the Carmarthen district, 1847 ; recorder of the borough of Carmarthen , 1851-72 ; chairman of quarter sessions for the county of Carmarthen , 1853-72 ; he was a J.P. and D.L. for the counties of Carmarthen , Cardigan , and Pembroke . During the Rebecca riots Johnes did much to keep his own district quiet, and in 1843 he wrote An Address to the Inhabitants of Conwil-Caio … ; this was also published by William Rees , Llandovery , in a Welsh translation: Annerchiad at Drigolion Plwyf Conwil-Gaio, yn Swydd Gaerfyrddin a'r Plwyfau Cym'Dogaethol . Besides being an able lawyer , he was a keen agriculturist and antiquary . He was murdered by his Irish butler at Dolau Cothi on 19 Aug. 1876 .


  • Personal knowledge.


Major Herbert Johnes Lloyd-Johnes, F.S.A., (1900-83), Monmouth / Cirencester

Published date: 1959