The account of the descendants of Sir David Williams given by Theophilus Jones (op. cit., iii, 82-3), Burke ( Extinct Baronetcies , 568), and Jane Williams in her article on Glasbury ( Arch. Camb. , 1870 , 308-9) is misleading — e.g. two generations have been mixed up, as is proved by R. W. Banks ( Arch. Camb. , 1879 , 308-9, or Theophilus Jones , 3rd ed., iii, 91-2). Sir David was succeeded by his son Sir HENRY WILLIAMS , who d. 1636 . It was probably he (and not his son of the same name, as given in the list of Members of Parliament at the end of Hist. Brecknock ) who was the member for the borough of Brecon 1601-4 ; he was knighted in 1603 and became a member of the Council of the Marches in 1617 ; again, it was probably he who was member for the county of Brecknock from 1620 to 1628 . On the other hand, as the Member of Parliament for that county in 1628-9 is referred to as ‘ Henry Williams Esq. ’, it seems likely that this was the son — Sir HENRY WILLIAMS (d. 1652 ), who was created a baronet in 1644 , and who welcomed Charles I to Gwernyfed when the latter visited Wales after the battle of Naseby ( 1645 ). As none of his male descendants merit attention here, it is unnecessary to trace the lineage further; Burke claims that the baronetcy continued until 1798 , but Banks quotes contemporary evidence to show that it had lapsed before 1727 , and this is far more credible, for two brothers died without male issue, leaving their sister, ELIZABETH WILLIAMS , as sole heiress. With her marriage Gwernyfed passed to a new line of Williamses .
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 1959