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PARRY (and JONES-PARRY ) family, Madryn , Llŷn .

Madryn was not the original home of the Parrys . The first of the family in Wales was GEOFFREY PARRY (d. 24 April 1658 ), an officer in the Parliamentary army , a zealous Puritan who hailed from Paston in Salop , and m. one of the daughters of Cefn Llanfair in Llŷn ( J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees , 224); their son was the first LOVE PARRY ( 1654 - 1707 ) — there were as many as six of the name in the family descent — a great Churchman and benefactor of the church of Llanbedrog . It was his grandson, the third LOVE PARRY ( 1720 - 1778 ), who brought Madryn to the family, and moved there to live, by his marriage with Sidney , great-granddaughter of Jane , sister of Owen Hughes (q.v.) , the rich Beaumaris attorney who had bought Madryn from William Madryn , the last of the old family (see article Madryn ). Their son, another Love , did not grow to man's estate, and in 1780 his sister Margaret m. her cousin THOMAS PARRY ( 1762 - 1835 ) of Llwyn Onn , near Wrexham . This gentleman brought new life to Madryn by his comprehensive care and his wide-awake business methods; he was at the head of the movement, helped by his ambitious fellow brother-in-law G. Ll. Wardle (q.v.) , to build a road from Portinllaen to the Traeth Mawr , and of the unsuccessful effort to make Portinllaen into a packet-station for Dublin . His son was Sir LOVE JONES ( 1781 - 1853 ), ‘old Sir Love,’ Member of Parliament for Caernarvon Boroughs in 1837 and chairman of quarter sessions for years; his son was S IR THOMAS JONES ( 1832 - 1891 ), b. 6 Jan. 1832 . He came into great prominence in 1868 when, as a Liberal , he captured the Caernarvonshire seat from the sitting member, the son of the 1st lord Penrhyn ; in 1874 he lost the seat to him; in 1882 he was elected Member of Parliament for the boroughs, and again in 1885 , but lost in July 1886 . Already in that year he had suffered another disappointment, by being passed over by Gladstone in appointing a lord-lieutenant of the county , a disappointment not altogether assuaged by his being made a baronet . He was neither a fluent speaker nor an expert politician , but he had a store of common sense and a broad homely wit, examples of which are commonly quoted when Llŷn men gather together. His interests were somewhat more varied than those of the ordinary squire; he had a bardic name, he was very friendly with the poet Talhaiarn (q.v.) ; he had a good deal to do with preparing the way for the Welsh settlement in Patagonia ; and he had a very high regard for Joseph Morris , a respected Independent preacher and foreman of the workmen on the Madryn estate . Sir Love d. on 18 Dec. 1891 .


  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (1914) , 116, 177, 224, 242, 278;
  • Bangor Manuscript at University College North Wales Library, Bangor 1125 (1-69), U.C.N.W.;
  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales (1895) , 64, 69, 70;
  • The Poll for a Knight of the Shire [of Caernarvon] (24 November 1868) , 24 November, 1868 (Bangor, 1869);
  • Yale papers, 1-37, 45-84, and Morfa papers 2, D (both in U.C.N.W.);
  • Robert Evans (Cybi) , Cymeriadau Hynod Sir Gaernarfon (1923) , 27-39;
  • David Thomas Davies , Hanes Eglwysi a Phlwyfi Lleyn (Pwllheli, 1910) , 62.


Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959