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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