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PUGH family, of Mathafarn, Mont.

The first prominent member of the family was Dafydd Llwyd ap Llywelyn , the poet who fl. c. 1480 and who was the author of a number of vaticinatory poems about Henry Tudor ( Henry VII ) . He apparently possessed an extensive estate on both sides of the river Dyfi above Machynlleth . The line was continued by EVAN AP DAVID LLOYD and by HUGH AB EVAN , whose son, JOHN AP HUGH , served as a county magistrate between 1553 and 1566 . His wife was Catherine , daughter of Sir Richard Herbert , Montgomery . Their son, ROWLAND PUGH , served as a magistrate , and in 1572 , and in 1588-9 , represented the borough of Montgomery in Parliament . In 1576 he was commissioner of taxes for the county. His grandson, also ROWLAND PUGH , was a barrister and was entered a member of the Inner Temple in 1598 . He held the office of Steward of Cyfeiliog , served as a magistrate , and in 1609 and 1626 was sheriff of Montgomeryshire , and in 1631 sheriff of Merioneth . He was a staunch Royalist , and in 1644 his house was burnt down by Parliamentary soldiers . He d. 26 Dec. 1644 , and was buried at Conway . His first wife was a daughter of Sir Richard Pryse , Gogerddan . His grandson, JOHN PUGH , was also a barrister , and was lord of the manor of Cyfeiliog . He represented the borough of Montgomery in Parliament from 1708 to 1727 . When the male line became extinct, the Mathafarn estate was sold in 1752 to Sir Watkin Williams Wynn .


  • Collections Historical and Archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire , v;
  • N.L.W. Pen. deeds, Wynnstay documents Gogerddan collection.


Elwyn Evans, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959