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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