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GRIFFITH , FAMILY of Carreg-lwyd ( DWB , 288).

William Griffith d. 1587 aged 71. Read c. 1516 - 1587 as in the last paragraph in the article on Edmund Griffith ( DWB , 291) . John Griffith was alive on 10 June 1608 . Delete ‘christened’.

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GRIFFITH family, Carreg-lwyd , Anglesey .

This family was descended from Ednyfed Fychan (q.v.) . EDMUND GRIFFITH of Porth yr Aur , Caernarvon , was the third son of William Griffith Fychan of Penrhyn , in the county of Caernarvon [ see Griffith of Penrhyn family in Appendix]. He m. Janet , daughter of Maredudd ap Ieuan ap Robert , the great-grandfather of Sir John Wynn (q.v.) the most notable of the house of Gwydir . Their fourth son was WILLIAM GRIFFITH ( 1515 - 1587 ), who became rector of Llanfaethlu on 30 May 1544 , only to be evicted from his living later that same year, and to be reinstated sometime during 1558-9 . It was he, who, for 700 pounds, purchased the Ty'n-y-pant estate (later renamed Carreg-lwyd ) in Anglesey , and m. Elizabeth , daughter of Gruffydd ap Robert , Carne , Anglesey . William Griffith d. at Llanfaethlu on 17 Nov. 1587 . His son JOHN GRIFFITH (christened 1608 ), a solicitor , was at one time secretary to Henry earl of Northampton . ROBERT GRIFFITH (d. 1630 ), fourth son of William Griffith , m. Anne , daughter of Owen Pritchard of Llanfflewyn (now Tŷ Newydd ), Anglesey . To them were born two remarkable sons. The one, WILLIAM GRIFFITH ( 1597 - 1648 ), was b. 28 Oct. 1597 . Educated at Winchester and New College , Oxford , he graduated in 1618 , and was elected a Fellow . Thereupon he pursued a course in law and took the degrees of B.C.L. in 1622 , and D.C.L. in 1627 . In turn, he became chancellor of the dioceses of Bangor and S. Asaph , master of the rolls (in Wales) , and in 1631 was appointed a master in chancery . He m. Mary (d. 1645 ), daughter of John Owen , bishop of Bangor , and d. of the plague on 17 Oct. 1648 . His youngest brother was George Griffith ( 1601 - 1666 ), bishop of S. Asaph (q.v.) .

Sources:

  • Carreg-lwyd Papers in N.L.W.;
  • Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club , 53, 71;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • T. A. Glenn , The family of Griffith of Garn and Plasnewydd in the County of Denbigh, as registered in the College of Arms from the beginning of the XIth Century , 1934 (London, 1934 ).

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Dr David Jenkins, C.B.E., M.A., D.Litt., (1912-2002), Penrhyn-coch, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001