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NASH , RICHARD (‘ Beau Nash ’; 1674 - 1761 ),

b. at Swansea 18 Oct. 1674 , d. at Bath 3 Feb. 1761 , and buried with unusual pomp in Bath Abbey . His remarkable career, and the ways in which he developed Bath into a centre of fashion, are recounted in Thomas Seccombe 's article in the D.N.B. , and in a host of other books. His father was Richard Nash , b. in Pembroke town, who had settled at Swansea as a partner in glass-works ; his mother was a niece of John Poyer (q.v.) of Pembroke . His ancestry is not clear. A family bearing the surname Nash had been squires of Llangwm, Pembs. ( W. Wales Hist. Records , ii, 36-7; Laws , Little England , 445); Fenton describes them as newcomers to Pembrokeshire (possibly from Carmarthen town, where, in 1586 , there was an important merchant named Richard Nash ). It was a family in which the name ‘Richard’ recurred frequently — but a family which ran out in heiresses. It is yet possible that a cadet of this family had turned to trade and founded a plebeian line which retained the name ‘Richard.’ ‘ Beau Nash ’ was at Queen Elizabeth's School at Carmarthen , and in March 1691/2 entered Jesus College , Oxford , but he did not graduate.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959