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VAUGHAN , EDWARD (d. 1661 ), Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple .

A fairly exhaustive account of his career is given by Rees L. Lloyd (see below); what follows here is only a summary. He was the fourth son of Owen Vaughan , Llwydiarth, Mont. (see the article on the Vaughan family of Llwydiarth ) and Catherine , sole heiress of Maurice ap Robert , Llangedwyn . Like his three brothers, John Vaughan , Sir Robert Vaughan , and Roger Vaughan , he became a member of the Inner Temple , being admitted 12 Nov. 1618 (but was not called to the Bar until seventeen years later). He was destined to be involved in lengthy lawsuits which lasted for about thirty years, these beginning with his claim to an estate in Montgomeryshire , Merionethshire , and Denbighshire , which had been conveyed to him by his brother, Sir Robert Vaughan , by a deed dated in Feb. 1622 ; this claim was resisted by Sir Robert 's widow, Catherine , daughter of William Herbert , lord Powis . In Feb. 1625/6 he was returned to Parliament for Merioneth . An adherent of the side of Parliament he was destined to meet with a host of troubles, being charged by the Royalists with a number of offences, one of them being his alleged opposition to the Commission of Array , sent to Denbighshire in the summer of 1642 . In Oct. 1646 he was returned to Parliament for Montgomeryshire ; thereafter, also, he was destined to meet with more trouble. On 6 Dec. 1648 he was arrested as a result of ‘ Pride's Purge ’ and imprisoned until the twelfth of that month. Further accusations against him followed. After the death of Oliver Cromwell his fortunes seem to have risen. In Jan. 1658/9 he was once more elected as Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire . In Nov. of that year ( 1659 ) he became an ‘ Associate to the Board ’ at the Inner Temple . Even after the Restoration complaints were brought against him, but these did not prevent his re-election to Parliament in May 1661 . He d. in London at the end of that year, however, and was buried in the Temple Church on 8 Oct. He was unmarried.


  • Rees L. Lloyd , ‘Welsh Masters of the Bench of the Inner Temple,’ in The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion for session 1938 (published 1939 ), and the numerous references therein given.


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

Published date: 1959