The first member of the family to be described as of Newtown Hall was DAVID AB (of Mochdre and Kerry ), whose son DAVID was the subject of an ode and an elegy by Lewis Glyn Cothi , and whose grandson RHYS was killed , ‘pro rege Edwardo,’ at Banbury in 1469 . The first to hold the shrievalty of the county was Rhys 's grandson, MATTHEW , who was sheriff in 1548 .
JOHN , son of Matthew Pryce by Joyce verch Evan Gwynn of Mynachdy , Radnorshire , was sherrif of Montgomery , 1566 and 1586 , of Cardigan , 1568 , and Member of Parliament for the Montgomery boroughs in three Parliaments of queen Elizabeth . His youngest brother, ARTHUR PRYCE , of Vaynor , Montgomeryshire , was also sheriff in 1578 and Member of Parliament for the boroughs in 1571 ; in 1588 he was a candidate for the county against Edward Herbert of Blackhall , but was defeated, mainly owing to the gross partisanship of the sheriff ( J. E. Neale , The Elizabethan House of Commons , 1949 ).
EDWARD , son of John ap Matthew by Elizabeth verch Rees ap Morris of Aberbechan , Montgomeryshire , was sheriff in 1615 and was father of Sir JOHN PRYCE , 1st baronet (created 15 Aug. 1628 ). Sir John first adhered to the king in the Civil War , but changed sides and was appointed governor of Montgomery castle for the Parliament . He was Member of Parlia- ment in 1640 and 1654 , though his loyalty to both sides was suspect. He was succeeded in 1657 by his second (but eldest surviving) son MATTHEW (d. 1674 ), a zealous Royalist and churchman , who was sheriff in 1659/60 ; his son JOHN , 3rd baronet , died s.p. , and was succeeded by his brother, Sir VAUGHAN PRYCE , sheriff in 1709 . He d. 30 April 1720 .
Cadet branches were the Pryces of Vaynor , of Park , Llanwnnog , of Glanmaheli , and of Bodfach , Montgomeryshire , all are now extinct. Newtown Hall , the core of which is old, but had been much modernized in the 19th cent. , now ( 1949 ) serves as the offices of the urban district council.
John Davies Knatchbull Lloyd, M.A., F.S.A., O.B.E., Montgomery
Published date: 1959