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OWEN, OF GLANSEVERN.
OWEN, WILLIAM, esq. of Glansevern, in the county of Montgomery, m. in 1823, at Hampton, Middlesex, Anne-Warburton, only child of the late Thomas Sloughter, captain in General Burgoyne's regiment, the 16th or Queen's Light Dragoons, and relict of the Rev. Thomas Coupland, of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and of the Priory, Chester.
Mr. Owen, in the year 1816, succeeded to the family estates, on the demise of his elder brother, Sir Arthur Davies Owen, knt. ; since that time he has resided at Glansevern, an elegant mansion, built in the lonic style by his predecessor.
content with going only a few centuries beyond the Norman conquest, and begin with
RHODRI MOLWYNOG. This prince acquired his cognomen, Molwynog, from his “Welsh blood being up,” or that he foamed with rage in the bloody field. He at length retreated from Cambrian Wessex to the north of the Severn. As many of the Britons as preferred liberty to the enduring of the yoke of foreigners, followed their chief, leaving most of the less spirited peasantry to be hewers of wood and drawers of water to the new lords of Gwlad yr hav (Summer country), where their posterity still continue, whizzing the Saxon Z instead of the
British S. Ethelbald the Mercian came We shall not dive into the depths of anti- again in contact with the retreating Britons quity, by tracing the descent of the family on the “ Mountains of Carn,” to the south under discussion to any of those brave Bri- of the river Usk, at Crug-Howel. Here tons who lined the coasts of Kent to oppose was fought one of the severest battles rethe landing of Julius Cæsar, but shall be corded in the Cambrian annals, and both
* This lady is granddaughter of Thomas Sloughter, esq. high sheriff for the county of Chester in 1755, and Anne Warburton his wife, and great-granddaughter of Thomas Warburton, son of Peter, the second baronet. This Thomas Warburton predeceased his father, and his elder brother, George, third baronet, dying without leaving male issue, the baronetcy devolved to his son Peter, who became fourth baronet, and was great-uncle to Mrs. Owen.
Of this Sir George Warburton, the third bart. and his daughter there are two large portraits in the hall at Glensevern, by Herman Vander Myn(a), originals. . Sir George of Arley, represented the county of Chester in several parliaments, temp. Q. ANNE and K. George I. He m. first, the Hon. Diana Allington, daughter of Lord Allington, grandaughter maternally of William Russell, first Duke of Bedford, and sister and co-heir of Giles, third Lord Allington (refer to Burke's Extinct Peerage). The other portrait represents Diana, daughter of Sir George Warburton, and wife of Sir Richard Grosvenor, of Eaton, bart. This Sir Richard acted as grand cup-bearer at the coronation of King GEORGE 11. by presenting to his Majesty the first cup of wine after he had been crowned, and received the cup as his fee. Sir Richard d. in 1732. He was great-uncle to Robert, Earl Grosvenor, created Marquess of Westminster.
+ Mr. Owen was educated at the free grammar school at Warrington, under his uncle, the Rev. Edward Owen, A.M. In the year 1782 he took the degree of A.B. at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was fifth wrangler. Amongst the members of his own college, who graduated at the same time, were Professor Porson, Professor Hailstone, Dr. Raine (afterwards head master of the Charter House), and Dr. Wingfield (afterwards head master of Westminster School), besides several other distinguished persons. Mr. Owen and the four gentlemen above-named, were afterwards chosen fellows of Trinity College. Mr. Owen then became a member of Lincoln's Inn, and was called to the
(a) Myn, Herman Vander, was b. at Amsterdam, 1684. The most capital performance of Vander Myn is said to be the Denial of St. Peter. For the portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Chandos he was paid five hundred guineas. (See Pilkington's Dictionary of Painters, vol. ii, p. 91).
sides laid claim to victory. The field of The Mercians invading Anglesey in the carnage is studded with cairns, under which year 877, were opposed by Rhodri, and the fallen warriors, Britons and Saxons both himself and his brother Gwyriad fell in huddled together, repose in peaceful silence. the conflict. In the Welsh Chronicle, this Rhodri had two royal palaces in North battle is called “ Gwaith Dyw Sul Môn,” Wales, one at Caer Seiont (the ancient i.e. Mona Sunday battle, it having been Segontium) on the straits of the Menai, the fought, like that of Waterloo (magna comother at Castell y Penrhyn, near Bangor, ponere parvis) upon that day. The next now the residence of G. D. Pennant, esq. link descends from royalty to the fourth In the great hall at this castle, in the 15th son of Rhodri, named century, according to the metrical evidence TUDWAL GLOFF, or the lame, so called of a bard of that period, were suspended from the effect of a severe wound in the “ the ponderous arms of Mervyn Vrych," knee, which he received at the battle of 'the royal consort of Essyilt, granddaughter Cymryd, a place within two miles of the of this Rhodri. The curious antiquary of town of Conway. In the third year after the nineteenth century “ will perhaps se
the death of Rhodri, the Mercians, encouriously deplore that they are not now to be raged by their former success, again infound there."
vaded North Wales, but being met at the Rhodri, notwithstanding the innumerable place last mentioned by Anarawd, the young darts and daggers that assailed him during reigning prince, his brother Tudwal, and a turbulent reign of thirty-five years, was their forces, the Angles suffered a signal blessed with a natural death, in the year defeat. Prince Anarawd ordered this de755, and consigned to his ultima domus at cisive victory to be chronicled under the Carleeon on the Usk. The third descending appellation of “ Gwaith dial Rhodri,” i.e. link in this chain from Rhodri Molwynog, Revenge for the death of Rhodri. Tudwal, was his great-grandson and name-sake, for his general good conduct and bravery
RHODRI Mawr, or the Great, in allusion, in this battle, was rewarded by the diaprobably, to his being an Anakim in size, demed princes, his brothers, with an addimore than to the soundness of his policy; tional grant of lands in Uchelgoed Gwynedd, for he removed his seat of government from and the lordship of Ceredigion, or that Segontium, a place of Snowdonian strength, western tract lying between the rivers to the more assailable shore of Anglesey, at Dovey and Teivy. Aberffraw; and adhering to the national Tudwal espoused Helen, daughter of curse of gavel-kind distribution, he parti- Aleth, who in genealogies is styled “ brenin tioned Wales into three distinct royalties, Dyved” (Demetia). The seventh in descent for his three elder sons, Cadell, Anarawd, from Tudwal and Helen was and Mervyn.
DYNIAWAL, lord of Castle-Howel, in Cara
degree of barrister at law by that society, and is now a bencher. After attending the Oxford and Chester circuits for several years, he confined his practice chiefly to the courts of Chancery and Exchequer. He was a commissioner of bankrupts, until he was advanced to the rank of king's counsel. About the year 1821, he quitted the profession of the law, and retired into the country; since that period he has acted as magistrate and deputy lieutenant, takes an active part in all public business, generally presiding as chairman of the quarter sessions of the county.
In the abolition of the Welsh judicature, Mr. Owen was instrumental (see his evidence before the committees of the House of Commons in the years 1817 and 1820. See also the debates in the House of Commons on this subject, in the year 1820, upon the motion of Mr. Campbell (now Earl Cawdor) for the second committee. Also Mr. Owen's testimony before the law commissioners in 1829, and the report of the same commissioners, who seem to have entirely adopted Mr. Owen's opinion. The prejudices of the county of Montgomery in favour of the Welsh Judicature were such, that the sheriff and grand jury, assembled at the great sessions, petitioned for its continuance. To counteract this, Mr. Owen caused a county meeting to be convened for the purpose of considering the subject: he there, in an able speech, developed and exposed the constitutional defects of the old system,
He was heard with great attention, so that all present became persuaded of the propriety of abolition. The consequence was a petition from the County to both houses of parliament;--that to the Lords was ordered to be presented by Earl Powis, that to the Commons by the Right Hon. C. W. W. Wynn.
When the great question of parliamentary reform arose, the county of Montgomery was THE FIRST to petition in support of it. Mr. Owen proposed and headed the requisition for a county meeting, moved and carried the resolutions on which the petition was founded, and on that occasion he exposed the injustice of that decision of the House of Commons of 1727-8, by which the right of returning a member to parliament was given to the borough of Montgomery only, depriving the contributory boroughs of Llanvyllin, Llanidloes, and Welshpool of their elective franchise, until the same was restored and extended by the late Reform Act.
Mr. Owen favoured the claims of the Catholics, when the same were under consideration, and has shewn himself, on all occasions, a liberal and temperate reformer.
diganshire. This chieftain's name seems to taking with him 400 Normans and disloyal be a Demetianism of the Dyvnwal of North Welshmen, landed at Loch Garmon, took Wales, the latinized Dunwallo, and the the city of Wexford, and so planted himself modernized Devonald. His successor at and his followers in Irish soil, that their Castle-Howel, was his son,
posterity continue there to this day. StrongCADIVOR AB DYNIAWAL, one of the he- | bow soon followed with 1200 in his train, roes of the age, in which every man ca and the Irish making but faint resistance, pable of bearing arms was bound to be a the whole of the island was soon reduced. soldier. The Norman barons, encouraged So easy was this conquest achieved, that and aided by the most powerful of the when Henry II. went there himself in 1171, Plantagenet kings of England, had pos- he had nothing to do save to receive homage session of most of the castles in South and appoint governors. To returnWales; and, among others, Roger, earl of Cadivor, by his wife Katharine, daughter Clare, held the castle of Cardigan by a of his prince and kinsman, the “lord Rees," strong garrison, to the great annoyance of had, among others, the “lord Rees” of South Wales. This RHYDDERCH AB Cadivor, lord of Castlepuissant prince, unable any longer to bear Howel, who espoused Janett, daughter of the incessant ravages of the invaders of his Sir Aron ab Rhys ab Bledri, lord of Kil country, collected his forces in the year Saint, and knight of the Sepulchre, who 1164, and captured and demolished as many went with Richard Cæur de Lion to Palesof the Norman castles as lay in his route. tine against the infidels. Sir Aron bore on Cadivor, the prince's relative, and com his shield argent a cheveron between three mander-in-chief of his forces, took the castle bulls' beads caboshed sable, armed or. Duof Cardigan by escalade, which so pleased ring the crusades, and after, Wales seems the valorous son of Grufydd, that he or to have supplied its quota of knights to the dered the captor to use a new shield of arms order of the Grand Cross. Their names as a memorial of such a notable exploit-occur occasionally in MS. pedigrees, such viz. “Sable three scaling ladders, and be as Sir Grafydd ab Elidyr Goch (Rufus), tween the two uppermost, a spear's head Sir Harry Ddu (Niger), Sir Matthew Caraargent, its point imbrued : on a chief gules, dog of Swansea, knight of Rhodes ; Sir John a tower triple-turretted of the second. One Rudd, of the family of Rudds of Aberglasof the chief heraldic antiquaries of the pre- ney, in the vale of Towy, who had been sent age objects to the blazonry of Cadivor's governor of Ystrad Meyrig castle ; and on coat, because it appears too complex for the his return from the Holy Land with Richperiod, when armorial bearings had scarcely ard I, was mortally wounded in Austria, a beginning. We own its complexity, and when his king was taken prisoner by the at the same time we cannot avoid seeing its Archduke Leopold in 1192. appropriateness to the occasion : first, the One of the sons of Rhydderch ab Cadivor, field sable denoted the darkness of night was when the escalade took place—the ladders RHYS AB RHYDDERCH, who wedded a and spear's head imbrued, exhibited the daughter of Sir Elidyr Ddu (Niger), anoarticles and weapons used—the castle in ther knight of the order of St. John of Jeruchief, the trophy won-and its field gules salem; and was by her father to shewed the retaliating treatment the garri-| Rhys Voel, lord of Gilvach Wen, Carson met with, excepting the governor, Robert diganshire. Grufydd ab Rhys, his brother, Fitz-Stephen, cousin-german, on his mo- had only daughters, coheiresses, of whom, ther's side, to the prince Rees, but his father Lucy, heiress of Castle-Howel, espoused was a Norman, and Robert himself a Nor- Meurig Goch, lord of Cil-y-Cwm, and a man in heart towards the prince and the descendant, maternally, from Tudwal Gloff. Welsh nation : therefore his cousin Rees Rhys Voel, about 1290, by his wife kept him in “durance vile” for four years. had a son, About this time, Dermott, king of Leinster HOWEL AB Ruys Voel, and his son, in in Ireland, being expelled his throne by his this line, was neighbours the kings of Connaught and Howel VYCHAN (Junior) who took to Meath, applied to Henry II., then in Nor- wife Gwervyl, daughter of Rhydderch ab mandy, for aid, who referred him to the Nor- Ieuan Llwyd, of Glyn Aeron. Two of their man barons in South Wales. The prince sons were Thomas ab Howel Vychan, of Rees having intelligence of an intended Pant Strimon, and expedition to Ireland, thought it a fair op DAVYDD AB Howel VYCHAN, of Corus. portunity of getting rid of his prisoner and The custom of gavelkind, adopted in Wales, cousin, released him, to enter into alliance had the baneful effect, in many instances, with the ejected Milesian, who was in con of reducing, one generation after another, tract at the same time with Richard Strong- extensive patrimonies into petty freeholds. bow, earl of Stirgyl. Robert Fitz-Stephen REES AB DAVYDD, son of Davydd ab being first ready, set sail with Dermott, Howel Vychan, married a daughter of Lé
welyn ab Howel ab Gwïon, and had a son, Owen Owen (the elder),* of Cevn Havod,
HOWEL AB Rees, who had for wife Jane, who wedded Mary. and had issue, daughter and co-heiress of Davydd Vwya 1. Owen Owen (the younger), of Cevn ab Ieuan Vychan ab Ieuan ab Rees ab Havod. Llawdden, from Aleth, and was s. by his son, 11. Morgan Owen, living in 1685, m. LLEWELYN AB Howel, who, about 1470,
and had issue, espoused Angharad, heiress of Cevn Havod,
1. Rev. Richard Owen, of Iford, in in Montgomeryshire, daughter of Llewelyn
the county of Sussex, ab Phylip of that place, and seventh in
2. Thomas Owen, of London. descent from Madog Danur (Madocus Ig Owen OWEN (the younger), espoused Manifer), so surnamed probably from his im- tilda, widow of Samuel Lloyd, esq. of petuous martial spirit:
Bwlch y gareg ; she d. 19th Feb. 1736, havMadog bold, and Madog strong,
ing had issue, Rushed through the hostile throng."
1. David Owen, of Cevn Havod, b.
1700. The Prince of Powis knew his value in that II. Dorothea Owen. age of perpetual warfare, and accordingly 11. John Owen, d. 1733. stationed him as a guardian of his frontier iv. Elizabeth Owen, d. 1740. on the border of South Wales, by granting | The eldest son, him the parish of Llangurig, on the skirts of DAVID Owen, above-mentioned, d. in Plimlumon. Here he settled, and became 1777, having m. Frances, daughter of John the progenitor of many families in the hun-Rogers, esq. of Kevn y Berain, in Kerry, dred of Arwystli and its vicinity-at Cevn who d. 1754, aged sixty-six, and by her had Havod, Dol Bachau, Clochvaen, Creignant, issue four sons, A berhaves, Glan Dulas, Dol Vachwen, &c. 1. Owen Owen, esq. of Cevn Havod, of The same prince, as an honorary reward for whom hereafter. his faithful services, gave Madog the privi II. Richard Owen, of Glan Dulas, father lege of bearing a new shield of arms, instead of the late William Owen, esq. of of his paternal coat from Tudor Trevor, that place, and of Frances Owen and earl of Hereford, and the adopted founder Jane Owen, the present possessors. of the tribe of the Marches of England and ui. Edward Owen, A.M. in holy orders, Wales, from whom he was descended in the rector of Warrington, Lancashire, eighth degree. These new arms are de
head-master of the free grammar scribed in the sequel. Llewelyn ab Howel's school in that town. This gentleman son by the heiress of Cevn Havod, was
was the author of several publicaJENKIN AB LLEWELYN, who m. Angharad, tions, on various subjects, ethical, daughter of Grufydd ab Meredydd ab Da grammatical, and political. In 1785 vydd ab Meredydd ab Einion ab Cynvelin, he published “The original Text of descended from Cadwgan of Nannau, the
Juvenal and Persius, with copious original founder of Castell y Trallwng, now explanatory notes, and introductory Powis Castle, murdered by his brother's son essays, &c.” which went through sein the year 1110.
veral editions. He d. unm. in 1807, THOMAS, son of the above Jenkin, led to aged seventy-nine. the altar Margaret, daughter of Owen ab iv. William Owen, a captain R.N. In Ieuan Goch, from Bleddyn ab Cynvyn
the year 1760, this gallant officer, DAVYDD, son of Thomas, wedded Cathe when a midshipman, lost his right rine, daughter of Jenkin ab Davydd ab arm at the taking of Pondicherry Rees ab Evan ab Howel ab Rees ab Da
from the French. He was also a vydd.
second time at the taking of that Owen, son of Davydd, of Cevn Havod, town, when he commanded the Corm. Margaret, daughter and heir of Griffith morant. He was bringing home the Gwynn, esq. of Llanidloes.
dispatches, when he lost his life by Henceforward, the descendants of this
an accident at Madras, in the year Owen assumed his christian name as their
1778. permanent patronymic, a practice then Owen Owen, above, eldest son of David adopted in general throughout Wales, in- Owen, of Cevn Havod, in the year 1745, stead of the former custom of using ab-as espoused Anne Davies, daughter and heir A ab B, ab C, ab D. Ab is a contraction of of Charles Davies, esq. of Llivior, in the Mab, mac-son-filius, fitz, &c.: ab therefore is a legitimate term, derived from its
* Anne, the wife of Francis Brace, esq. of root, but ap (too commonly used) is non
Newton, near Leominster, in the county of Heresense. Owen ab Davydd above, by his wife, ford, b. 1719, d. 1782, descended maternally from Margaret Gwynn, had
the Owens, of Cevn Havod. She left issue, AdJENKIN Owen, esq. of Cevn Havod, who miral Sir Edward Brace, K.C.B. and several sons was s. about 1620, by his son,
parish of Berriew, by his wife, Sarah Evans, lifetime of his father, and was buried daughter and heir of Edward Evans, esq. of in Treveglwys Church, 30th NovemRhyd y Carw, in the parish of Treveglwys.
ber, 1687. Owen Owen, esq. b. in 1723, served the 11. Morgan Evans, settled upon an esoffice of high sheriff for Montgomeryshire tate in Llangurig; and he and Judith, in 1766, and d. 1789. He left issue by the bis wife, are parties to deeds bearing said Anne, bis wife, two daughters, and date 23rd February, 26 CHARLES II. three sons, viz.
Severn, served the office of high iv. Ursula Evans, devised certain lands
mencement to the time of his death. in 1729, she m.secondly, John Pryce Clunne, 11. David Owen, A.M. in holy orders, esq.
fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge,
Babies, of Llivior.
Chester and Bangor, about the commenceIII. William Owen, esq. K.C. the pre- ment of the seventh century. About the sent proprietor.
nineteenth in descent from Brochwel was 1. Mary, m. Thomas Jones, esq. of Meilir GRYG, of Tregynon, ancestor of all Garthmyl-isav.
the Blayneys in Britain and Ireland. LleII. Eleanor, who d. unm. 1816.
welyn, son of Meilir Gryg, gavelled the main portions of his estates upon his two
sons, Einion and Howel. To Einion, the Evans, of Khyd y Carw (Stag-ford). youngest, he gave, according to custom, the
paternal seat of Neuadd Gregynog and its This family derived their descent from appurtenances; and Howel he stationed at LLEWELYN AURDORCHOG (Leolinus Tor “the Vainor in Berriew." Howel was sucquatus), Lord of Yale in the eleventh cen- ceeded at “ Vainor” by his son, Phylip tury, who married Eva, daughter of Bleddyn Goch (Rufus), about the year 1320 ; anab Cynvyn, Prince of Powis. (See Dis- other son, Madog Llwyd, was settled at play of Heraldry, by Davies, 1716, p. 64.) Bryn-Cae-Meisir. Blome, in his Britannia, published in 1973, Phylip Goch of VAINOR's son was Maincludes “ Edward Evans, of Rhyd y Carw," dog, father of Gwilym ab Madog, who among the resident gentry of Montgomery- espoused Marred, daughter of Grufyd ab shire. This Edward Evans, by a deed Meredydd ab Einion, of the line of Cadwgan dated 5th April, 1652, settled an annuity of Nannau, and had, among other sons, upon Dorothy, his wife, in case she sur IEVAN AB Gwilym, who had for wife, vived him. Providence ordered it other- Eva, daughter to Howel ab Adda, one of wise ; for on the 28th February, 1660, he the penaethiaid, or chiefs of Kerry: their took for his second wife, Frances, daughter son, of John Pryce, esq. of Park, in Llanwyn DAVYDD AB IEUAN, wedded Gwervyl, nog, by whom he had issue,
daughter of Ieuan ah Madog ab Owen. 1. Jane, b. in 1664.
Omitting the two following descents and 1. Catherine, b. in 1663.
their respective matches, we come to the 111. Francis, b. in 1665; his mother great-grandson of Davydd ab Ieuan, who,
surviving his birth only one week. on account of his stature, was called The said Edward Evans, by Dorothy, his DAVYDD HIR (ab Gwilym ab Ieuan ab first wife, had
Davydd), who espoused Gwenllian, daugh1. EDWARD Evans (the second), his ter of John ab Ieuan ab Howel, of Kerry, heir, m. Martha
and had issue, and was s. by his son, 1. Edward Evans (the third). JOHN AB DAVYDD HIR, of Llivior, who 2. Ursula Evans.
m. Catherine, daughter of Rees Gwynn ab Edward Evans (the second) d. in the Grufydd ab Howel ab Ieuan Blayney. This