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SYMMONS family, of Llanstinan, Pembs.



JOHN SYMMONS ( 1701 - 1771? ), Member of Parliament for Cardiganshire ,

son of John Symmons of Llanstinan ( high sheriff of Pembrokeshire , 1713 ) by Martha , daughter of George Harries , Tregwynt , was b. 12 Sept. 1701 . He was unsuccessful in the contest for the parliamentary representation of Pembrokeshire in 1741 but was returned for Cardigan in 1746 (20 March) , retaining the seat until 1761 . He gave financial help towards restoring Cardigan church and towards recasting and setting up the bells, 1748 ( Meyrick , Cardiganshire ). He was joint secretary of the Society of Sea Serjeants at their meeting held at Swansea on 13 June 1752 . It is believed that he was the John Symmons who d. 7 Nov. 1771 , at George Street , Hanover Square , London . He was the father of Charles Symmons (below).


CHARLES SYMMONS ( 1749 - 1826 ), cleric and author ;

b. at Cardigan ( Asaph ), son of John Symmons above. He entered Westminster School , 14 Jan. 1765 , and proceeded to the universities of Glasgow , Cambridge ( B.D. 1786 ), and Oxford ( D.D. 1794 ). Ordained c. 1775 , he received the rectory of Narberth (with Robeston ), Pembs. , 1778 , to which, by the influence of his friend William Windham , that of the adjoining rectory of Lampeter Velfrey was added in 1794 ; he received the prebendal stall of Clydey in the cathedral church of S. Davids on 11 Oct. 1789 . He m., 1779 , Elizabeth (d. 1830 ), daughter of John Foley , Ridgeway, Pembs. , and sister of Sir Thomas Foley (q.v.) . Among the five children of the marriage were (see below) Caroline and John . He d. 27 April 1826 at Bath .

Full details of the career of Symmons are given in D.N.B. From 1787 he was busy publishing books — some of them sermons, the series starting with a sermon which he preached at the university of Cambridge just before he was due to proceed D.D. , which caused him to migrate to Jesus College , Oxford , where he was incorporated on 24 March 1794 , proceeding D.D. two days later. Of some of his works more than one edition appeared; excluding the sermons, they are — ( a ) Inez , 1796 , a tragedy; ( b ) Constantia , 1800 , a dramatic poem; ( c ) Life of Milton , 1806 ; ( d ) Poems by Caroline and Charles Symmons , 1812 ( CAROLINE was his daughter; she d. of consumption , 1 June 1803 ); ( e ) The Aeneis of Virgil translated , 1817 ; ( f ) Life of Shakespeare , 1826 .

His son



JOHN SYMMONS ( 1781 - 1842 )

was educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church , Oxford (matriculated 11 April 1799 , B.A. 1803 , M.A. 1806 ), and became a barrister (as of Lincoln's Inn ), admitted 24 Nov. 1807 ; he joined the Welsh circuit . He translated the Agamemnon of Æschylus and assisted his father with the translation of Virgil . He d. in 1842 , probably at Deal .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and the sources named therein;
  • James Allen , Notes on the Sheriffs of Pembrokeshire, 1541-1899 , Denbigh, 1900 , 1900 ;
  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales , 1895 ;
  • Richard Fenton , A Historical Tour through Pembrokeshire ( 1903 ed.), 188-9.

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959