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VAUGHAN , JOHN (d. 1824 ; DWB , 1005).

Hugh Wynn had a LL.D. degree (not ‘D.D.’).


Corrections and additions:

VAUGHAN , JOHN ( Siôn Grythor ; d. 1824 ), artist and violinist ,

and a native of Conway . W. D. Leathart says that he used to play the violin to the accompaniment of the harp at some of the meetings of the Gwyneddigion Society of London , c. 1776 . It was he who painted the portrait of Owen Jones ( Owain Myfyr , q.v.) , which used to hang in the rooms of the Society. He d. in 1824 at a great age.

His brother, WILLIAM VAUGHAN , described by Leathart as a native of Conway , was one of the earliest members of the Society. Leathart says that he was looked upon as ‘ a dandy of the first order, a distinction he was not a little proud of ’, and adds that he was related to lady Mostyn , mother of the Sir Thomas Mostyn , who d. in 1831 . This lady Mostyn was Margaret , daughter of Hugh Wynn , D.D. ; she was heiress of Bodysgallen (near Conway ), Plas-mawr ( Conway ), Bodidris ( Denbighshire ) , and of the Vaughan house (q.v.) of Corsygedol ( Merioneth ) . William Vaughan d. at Hammersmith , c. 1827 , at a great age.


  • Leathart , Origin and Progress of the Gwyneddigion Society of London (1831) (London, 1831 );
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig (1890) ;
  • Y Cymmrodor , 1951 , 96, 117.


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

Published date: 2001