Dictionary of Welsh Biography


A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z



LEWES , WILLIAM ( 1652 - 1722 ), landowner and antiquary ,

of Llwynderw, Carms. , b. 1652 , the younger son of the Rev. John Lewes of Llysnewydd . He m. (1), Cecil Lloyd of Vairdre, Cards. , (2), Eleanor Pryce of Rhyd-y-benne . He was an outstanding genealogist , and acquired manuscripts from Henllys , Penybenglog , Vairdre , and Rhyd-y-gors . He wrote some 25 pedigree volumes , mainly based on the works of David Edwardes (q.v.) , and assisted Edward Lhuyd , John Davies ( Rhiwlas ) , Browne Willis , Theophilus Evans , and Hugh Thomas (qq.v.). He was a competent writer in Welsh , Latin , and English . The ‘ Golden Grove Book ’ of pedigrees was transcribed from his manuscripts. He d. without issue in Dec. 1722 . His widow (d. 1740 ) m. William Lewes (d. 1757 ) of Llanlas, Cards. , and this fact has caused much confusion in the histories of the two husbands.

Sources:

  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1949 ;
  • Browne Willis , A survey of the cathedral church of St. David's, and the edifices belonging to it, as they stood in the year 1715 , 1717 ;
  • D. E. Jones Hanes Plwyfi Llangeler a Phenboyr traethawd buddugol yn Eisteddfod Drefach-a-Felindre, Awst 18, 1897, gyda chwanegiadau , Llandysul, 1899 ;
  • Theophilus Evans , Drych y Prif Oesoedd , Bangor, 1740, 1927 ;
  • Burke's Landed Gentry , 1937 ;
  • manuscripts in B.M. and College of Arms.

Author:

Major Francis Jones, M.A., F.S.A., London / Carmarthen

Published date: 1959