Having failed to purchase the ruins of Goodrich castle , near Ross-on-Wye , Meyrick bought the hill opposite and built upon it a mansion which he called Goodrich Court and in which he had rooms specially constructed to accommodate and arrange his collection of armour. His work on arms and armour had been published in three quarto volumes in 1824 — A Critical Inquiry into Antient Armour as it existed in Europe, particularly in England, from the Norman Conquest to the Reign of King Charles II ; a second edition was published twenty years later. A work containing Engraved Illustrations of Antient Arms and Armour, from the Collection at Goodrich Court was published in 1830 (2nd ed. 1854 ). He contributed to Archaeologia , The Gentleman's Magazine , The Cambrian Quarterly Magazine , Archaeologia Cambrensis (e.g. I, ii, I, iii), etc. His last important work was Heraldic Visitations of Wales and Part of the Marches between the years 1586 and 1613, under the authority of Clarencieux and Norroy, two Kings at Arms, by Lewys Dwnn, Deputy Herald at Arms … transcribed … and edited … by Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick. … Published for the Welsh MSS. Society ( Llandovery , 1846 ). This work, which is in two large quarto volumes, is dedicated to the ‘ Society for the Publication of Antient Welsh Manuscripts ,’ and remains an indispensable work of reference. It contains numerous footnotes by W. W. E. Wynne of Peniarth, Mer. (q.v.) .
‘ Llewelyn, an Historic Play in Five Acts ,’ by and in the autograph of Meyrick , is preserved in N.L.W. MS. 1233 ; there are letters from him in N.L.W. MSS. 1595, 1657, 1807, and 1892 , whilst N.L.W. MSS.5386-7 contain his ‘ Collectanea de rebus celticis ’; see also N.L.W. MSS. 1502, 1503, 1636, and 1637 .
Meyrick , who had been knighted on 22 Feb. 1832 , d. at Goodrich Court on 2 April 1848 .
Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959