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BOLD , HUGH ( 1731 - 1809 ), lawyer , of Brecon .

The Bold' s appear to have been blacksmiths who lived and worked in a village outside Brecon , and the father of Hugh Bold was ‘ trumpeter to the Corporation of Brecon .’ Hugh Bold became a lawyer's clerk at the Brecon office of John Philipps (of Tre-gaer near Llanfrynach — see Theophilus Jones , IV, 37), m. his employer's daughter, and eventually succeeded him in the business. In this way he rose from humble beginnings to become a very prominent man in the affairs of the borough (four times bailiff ), and was attorney for the Cyfarthfa and other iron-works in the early days of the industrial revolution .

He was also a pillar of Wesleyan Methodism in Brecon ; as steward of Wesley's Society he frustrated lady Huntingdon 's attempt at monopolizing the first Methodist chapel there ( c. 1771 ). John Wesley wrote of him: ‘I know no attorney to be depended on like him’ ; and the Moravian Benjamin La Trobe speaks of him with great respect.

He m. twice. His first wife, Elizabeth , d. 31 Oct. 1781 ; and from this marriage the later Bolds of the shire are descended — see the history of the family by David Verey in Brycheiniog , 1960 . He m., c. 1782 , Dorothy , daughter of his old master John Philipps (many years after her father's d. in 1763 ); Dorothy d. in 1806 ( Theophilus Jones , II, 95).

He d. 10 Feb. 1809 ; his descendants have occupied high positions in the borough and the shire.



Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959