In 1685 he was elected Speaker of the House ( 19 May ), and appointed Master of the Rolls ( 20 Oct. ), and added to the privy council , with two Dissenters to offset his stiff Anglicanism , on 6 July 1688 ; he was also given the joint constableship of Flint castle ( 1687 ) and the office of ‘ custos rotulorum ’ of Flintshire ( Dec. 1688 ), remaining true to James even after his first flight. He therefore lost his offices at the Revolution , but was again returned to parliament for an English pocket borough and resumed his speakership ( May 1690 ). Winning the favour of William III by his success in ‘managing’ the Tories , he was restored to the privy council ( 1 Jan. 1691 ), made first commissioner of the Great Seal during the vacancy of 1690-93 , and re-appointed Master of the Rolls on 13 Jan. 1693 , but in 1695 he was deposed from the speakership ( 12 Mar. ) and expelled the House ( 16 Mar. ) for bribery, only a few weeks after he had been within sight of the woolsack ( Luttrell , Brief Relation , ii, 326, 350). His Welsh offices were restored in 1705 . He d. in London , 20 May 1717 , leaving a reputation for legal knowledge and judicial impartiality in sharp contrast with his political venality. He was a benefactor of many county charities , including Denbigh grammar school . His portrait is preserved at Brynkynallt . He m. Jane , daughter of Sir Roger Mostyn and widow of Roger Puleston of Emral . With the death, in 1762 , o his eldest son, who unsuccessfully contested Denbigh boroughs in the Tory interest in 1741 , the male line came to an end, the estates (and with them the surname) passing first to ARTHUR ( HILL -TREVOR ) (d. 1771 ), 1st viscount Dungannon of the second creation , second son of her daughter Ann , but inheriting through his father's half-brother, a maternal grandson of the 1st viscount (above); and on a second failure of male heirs ( 1862 ) to lord ARTHUR EDWIN ( HILL -TREVOR ) ( 1819 - 1894 ), 1st baron Trevor of Brynkynallt ( 1880 ), younger son of the 3rd marquess of Downshire and great-grandson of Ann Trevor 's elder son. The family has continued to use Brynkynallt (or Brynkinalt ) as a residence and to provide the county with magistrates and deputy-lieutenants .
Emeritus Professor Arthur Herbert Dodd, M.A., (1891-1975), Bangor
Published date: 1959