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RICHARDS and HUMPHREYS (FAMILIES; DWB , 850).

30 Sept. 1785 was the date of the marriage which brought them together. Also, 1689 (not 1698 ) was the date of the marriage of Grace Vaughan and John Humphreys .

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RICHARDS family of Coed , and HUMPHREYS family of Caerynwch , near Dolgelley, Mer.

The families of Richards of Coed and Humphreys of Caerynwch were united when, on 7 Oct. 1785 , Sir Richard Richards (below) of Coed , m. Catherine , daughter and heiress of Robert Vaughan Humphreys , of Caerynwch , a marriage which meant also the union of the two respective estates. Later, in 1863 , Richard Meredyth Richards (below) m. Louisa Janette Anne , daughter and heiress of Edward Lloyd Edwards of Cerrigllwydion , Llanynys, Denbs. The Edwards family was intimately connected with the families of Evans of Tanybwlch , Price of Corsygarnedd , Lloyd of Brithdir , and Edwards of Dolserau , all in Merioneth (see N.L.W. schedule of the Caerynwch and allied documents ).

When Lewis Dwnn ( Heraldic Visitations , ii, 235) visited Caerynwch in 1588 the pedigree of the family was supplied to the deputy-herald by TUDOR VYCHAN ( Tuder Vaughan ap David Lloyd in Caerynwch document 996 , dated 23 Sept. 1588 ). ROBERT VAUGHAN , of Caerynwch , third in descent from Tudor Vychan , was buried at Dolgelley on 30 July 1693 . His wife, Margaret , was one of the daughters of Robert Vaughan of Hengwrt , the antiquary (q.v.) . GRACE VAUGHAN , daughter and heiress of Robert Vaughan , of Caerynwch , m. ( 9 Nov. 1698 ) JOHN HUMPHREYS . Grace 's great-grandchild, CATHERINE , only child of ROBERT VAUGHAN ( sheriff of Merioneth , 1760 ), became the wife of Sir RICHARD RICHARDS ( 1752 - 1823 ), judge , baron of the exchequer and thereafter often called ‘ baron Richards ’; b. 5 Nov. 1752 , he was the son of Thomas Richards of Coed , near Dolgelley , by his wife Catherine , sister of William Parry , warden of Ruthin school . He was educated at Ruthin school, Jesus College (matriculated 19 March 1771 ), and Wadham College , Oxford ( B.A. 10 Oct. 1774 ); became Michel Fellow at the Queen's College , 20 June 1776 , and M.A. 15 July 1777 . He was called to the Bar ( Inner Temple ) on 11 Feb. 1780 . He first entered Parliament in May 1796 as member for Helston , Cornwall . His subsequent career is described in D.N.B. The salient facts are: he was appointed chief justice of the county palatine of Chester , 17 May 1813 , but resigned that position when he was appointed a baron of the exchequer . He was knighted in 1814 , and became lord chief baron of the exchequer on the first day of Easter term 1817 . He d. in London on 11 Nov. 1823 , and was buried in the Inner Temple vault .

By his marriage with Catherine Humphreys (above) the chief baron had eight sons and two daughters. The eldest son, RICHARD RICHARDS ( 1787 - 1860 ), was born 22 Sept. 1787 , educated at Westminster and at Christ Church , Oxford , and was called to the Bar ( Inner Temple ) in 1812 . He was appointed a commissioner of bankruptcy 1814 , accountant-general of the court of exchequer 1820 , and became a master in ordinary in Chancery in 1841 . He was elected Member of Parliament for Merioneth on 27 June 1836 and represented the county until 1852 . He was justice of the peace and deputy-lieutenant for Merioneth . He m., 1814 , Harriet , daughter of Jonathan Dennett . He d. at Caerynwch on 27 Nov. 1860 . His brothers, ROBERT RICHARDS and GRIFFITH RICHARDS , were both appointed queen's counsel in 1839 and were elected benchers of the Inner Temple in the same year. Their sister, Jane , m. the Rev. Temple Frere , chaplain to the House of Commons ( Burke's Peerage, sub Frere ).

RICHARD RICHARDS ( 1821 - 1873 ), son of Richard Richards , M.P. , was called to the Bar in 1845 , and became chairman of Merioneth quarter sessions in 1857 . He m. (1) Elizabeth Emma , daughter of William Bennett , of Farringdon House , Berks. , and (2) Louisa Janette Anne , only daughter and heiress of Edward Lloyd Edwards , of Cerrigllwydion, Denbs. (see above).

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and sources therein noted;
  • N.L.W. schedule of Caerynwch and allied documents;
  • Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society , i, 113-5;
  • Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales ;
  • Heraldic Visitations of Wales and Part of the Marches , 1846 , ii, 235;
  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales , 1895 .

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

Published date: 2001