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POWELL , Sir JOHN ( 1633 - 1696 ) ;

b. in 1633 , son of John Powell of Pentre Meurig , Llanwrda, Carms. He was educated, as a boy, by Jeremy Taylor ; he was probably the John Powell who matriculated as of Jesus College , Oxford , in 1650 ; B.A. 1653 ; M.A. 1654 . Admitted to Grays Inn in 1650 ; he was recorder of Brecon , 1683-90 ; Puisne Justice of Brecknock , 1685-6 ; knighted and appointed Judge of the Common Pleas , 1686 ; removed to King's Bench , 1687 . In June 1688 he was one of the judges who acquitted the seven bishops, and was dismissed from the Bench; he was restored to the Bench in 1689 . He d. 7 Sept. 1696 , and was buried in Laugharne parish church. He has been confused with Sir John Powell of Gloucester ( 1645 - 1713 ; D.N.B. ).

His son THOMAS ( 1664 - 1720 ), of Broadway , Carmarthenshire and Coldbrook , Monmouthshire , was attorney-general of the Carmarthen circuit , 1695-1715 , Member of Parliament for Monmouth , 1705-8 , and for Carmarthenshire , 1710-15 . He was created a baronet in 1698 , but the title became extinct on the death of his son HERBERT in 1721 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • William Spurrell , Carmarthen and its neighbourhood notes topographical and historical (Carmarthen, 1860) , 84-6;
  • The Carmarthen Antiquary , xvii, 29-30;
  • Richard Fenton , Tours in Wales 1804-1813 (1917) , 69;
  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales (1895) , 46-7;
  • id., The history of the Great Sessions in Wales, 1542-1830 together with the lives of the Welsh judges, and annotated lists of the chamberlains and chancellors, attorney generals, and prothonotaries of the four circuits of Chester and Wales (Brecknock, 1899) , 141.

Author:

Professor Glyn Roberts, M.A., (1904-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959