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VAUGHAN family of Clyro, Rads.

This branch of the Vaughan family was founded by ROGER VAUGHAN I , third son of Thomas ap Roger Vaughan of Hergest — see Vaughan of Hergest family. His wife was Jane , daughter of David ap Morgan ap John ap Philip . Their heir was ROGER VAUGHAN II , who m. Margaret , daughter of Rhys ap Gwilym ap Llewelyn ap Meyrick . It is possible that he was the commissioner of tenths of spiritualties in Radnorshire in Jan. 1535 . He had at least two sons, ROGER VAUGHAN III , the heir, and THOMAS VAUGHAN , of Llowes , who m. Sibyl , daughter of Howell ap Thomas Goch . The two brothers fell foul of bishop Rowland Lee (q.v.) in 1538 . Thomas may have been the Thomas Vaughan of Clyro who was pardoned for a murder, 14 Aug. 1536 . The two brothers were closely examined by Lee and Sulyard , 18 July 1538 , and whatever the cause may have been, it was serious enough for Thomas Cromwell to have them taken under escort to his own presence in London . It was probably this Roger Vaughan , having reached a position of respectability, who was sheriff of Radnorshire in 1576-7 . He m. Margaret , daughter of Sir William Vaughan of Porthaml , who took as second husband Charles Vaughan of Hergest , she being his second wife. ROGER VAUGHAN IV was the heir. He m. Margery , daughter of Richard Monington . He was on the commission of the peace in Radnorshire , Herefordshire , and Brecknock , was deputy-lieutenant of Radnorshire , and was Member of Parliament for Radnorshire , 1572-83 , and sheriff of Brecknockshire in 1595-6 . A close friend of Sir Gelly Meyrick (q.v.) , he fell under strong suspicion during the Essex rebellion of 1601 . His son, JOHN VAUGHAN , sheriff of Radnorshire in 1607-8 , m. the heiress of Richard Baynham of Aston Ingham , Herefordshire , and the family thenceforth turned eastwards.


  • Heraldic Visitations of Wales and Part of the Marches (1846) , i, 258;
  • Limbus Patrum Morganiae et Glamorganiae (1886) , 238;
  • Calendar of Patent Rolls ;
  • Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII ;
  • Reports of the Historical Manuscripts Commission , Cecil , xi, 43-107;
  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales (1895) , 172;
  • D. Mathew , The Celtic Peoples and Renaissance Europe. A study of the Celtic and Spanish influences on Elizabethan history (1933) , 352-455.


Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959