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WILLIAMS , Sir HUGH ( 1718 - 1794 ), soldier and Member of Parliament ;

b. in 1718 , the son of Griffith Williams of Ariannws ( Llangelynnin , Conway valley ) and grandson of Edmund Williams , brother of Sir Hugh Williams of Marl (see Williams of Marl ); when his kinsman Sir Robert Williams of Marl d. ( 1745 ), he succeeded as 8th baronet ‘of Penrhyn’ ( J. E. Griffith Pedigrees , 186 and 43). He m., in 1761 , Emma , widow of lord James Bulkeley and heiress of Caerau and Castellior (see under Roberts , Lewis ). He was commissioned in the army in 1739 , and was at Minorca when the garrison was attacked in 1756 ; in 1759 he was a major in a volunteer battalion , and in 1761 became colonel of the 53rd Foot . He then turned his attention to politics — the estates which had come into his possession by inheritance and marriage making him a person of great influence. He was Member of Parliament for Beaumaris , 1768-80 and 1785-94 ; he was constable of Beaumaris castle from 1761 to 1794 without a break, and was mayor of the town on a number of occasions. He became a member of the Society of Cymmrodorion in 1770 ( Add. Morris Letters , p. 767), and was treasurer of the Society of Antient Britons in London in 1773 . He d. at Friars , Llanfaes , 19 Aug. 1794 , ‘at the age of 76.’

Sources:

  • Old Wales a monthly magazine of antiquities for Wales and the Borders , Talybont, Breconshire, 1905-1907 , i, 133;
  • and the references given above.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959