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MANSEL , BUSSY ( 1623 - 1699 ), of Briton Ferry, Glam. , parliamentary commander and Member of Parliament ;

b. in 1623 , the younger but only surviving son of Arthur Mansel of Briton Ferry (third son of Sir Thomas Mansel , baronet , of Margam , who d. 1631 ) and Jane , daughter and heiress of William Price of Briton Ferry . At the early age of 22 Bussy Mansel was appointed, 17 Nov. 1645 , commander-in-chief of the parliamentary forces in Glamorgan . He was added to the High Court of Justice , 25 June 1651 , received a commission , 13 July 1659 , as colonel ‘to command the Militia Troop in cos. Pembroke , Carmarthen , and Cardigan ,’ and on 30 July in the same year, to command ‘the whole militia forces in South Wales , horse and foot, to lead them against the enemy if need be.’ He had previously ( 14 March 1654 ) been appointed a militia commissioner for South Wales . Among other appointments held by him was that of membership of the County Committee for Glamorgan , 1645 , commissioner to raise money in Glamorgan ( Feb. 1647 ), an assessment commissioner for Glamorgan ( 1657 ), commissioner for providing for the safety of Oliver Cromwell ( 4 May 1658 ), and a commissioner under the Act for ejecting insufficient ministers and schoolmasters . Document 1137 amongst the Penrice and Margam muniments in N.L.W. is a warrant of justices in the county of Glamorgan to the governor of Chepstow castle , authorising the release of Bussy Mansell and others who had been arrested as ‘ disaffected and suspitious persons .’ The warrant is dated 25 July 1685 , one of the signatories being Sir Edward Mansell , bart. , of Margam .

Mansel was elected Member of Parliament for Glamorgan in 1679 (twice) and again in 1689 , 1690 , 1695 , and 1698 . He had m. 17 April 1646 , Catherine , daughter of Hugh Perry and widow of Sir Edward Stradling of S. Donat's castle , Glamorgan . ( Catherine must have been his first wife; see below).

Some of Bussy 's correspondence for the period 1670-95 is preserved among the Penrice and Margam muniments ; the references are L 104a and b, 126, 149, 190, 206, 224, 228-9, 232-5, 238, 240-2, 244, 260, 263, 293-5 . L 104 ( 14 and 15 Feb. 1669/70 ) refers to the working of a coal mine. L 149 shows that Bussy had m., as his second wife, an Anne , to whom he writes on 5 May 1678 , requesting her to pay Sir Edward Mansell the sum of £62 ls. 6d., ‘ Sir Edward haveing allready disbursed soe much for me to my souldiers … ’ L 190 ( 16 Aug. 1687 ) is a letter to him about timber bought of Sir Humphrey Mackworth , L 224 , dated 5 April 1691 , refers to the impressment of seamen. In some of the letters, many of which are addressed to his kinsman, Sir Edward Mansel , bart. , Bussy gives parliamentary and other news from London .

Bussy Mansel d. in May 1699 (buried at Briton Ferry 25 May 1699 — his will is dated 30 March 1699 ), leaving as his heir his grandson THOMAS MANSEL ( Clark , Cartae , vi, 2250), who, on his death in 1706 , was succeeded in the ownership of the Briton Ferry estate by BUSSY , 4th baron Mansel , who m. (2) lady Barbara , daughter of William , 2nd earl of Jersey .

Sources:

  • G. T. Clark , Cartae et Alia Munimenta quae ad Dominium de Glamorgan pertinent , second ed., 1910 ;
  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales , 1895 ;
  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , II, ii, 238;
  • The Journals of the House of Lords viii, 52;
  • Memorials of the English Affairs , 1709; another ed., 1853 , 180;
  • Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series , Record Publication , 1645-7 (136), 1651 (266-7), 1658-9 (325), 1659-60 (24, 56);
  • Richard Symonds , Diary of the marches of the Royal Army during the great Civil War , London, 1859 ;
  • Reports of the Historical Manuscripts Commission , Rep. Portland MSS. , i, 345, 351-2;
  • Calendar of the Committee for Compounding with Delinquents, etc., 1643–1660 . Record Publication , i, 747;
  • W. de Gray Birch , A Descriptive Catalogue of the Penrice and Margam Abbey Manuscripts in the possession of Miss Talbot of Margam , London, 1893-1905 , iii, no. 1137;
  • C. A. Maunsell and E. P. Statham , History of the family of Maunsell (Mansell, Mansel) , London, 1920 (London, 1910);
  • N.L.W., A Schedule of Penrice and Margam Muniments deposited by the trustees of the Margam Estate , Aberystwyth : Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales, 1942 , ii.

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959