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FOXWIST , WILLIAM ( 1610 - 1673 ), b. at Caernarvon 1610 , heir of Richard Foxwist by Ellen , daughter of William Thomas of Aber . In 1628 he matriculated from Jesus College , Oxford , 1636 , entered Lincolns Inn 14 Feb. and was called to the Bar 17 May 1645 . He became recorder of S. Albans ; was elected ( 1649 ) bencher of Lincoln's Inn 6 Feb. He was appointed in 1646 judge of the admiralty for North Wales ; in 1655-9 he was puisne justice of Brecknock circuit ; in 1660 , judge advocate of Chester circuit ; was M.P. , Caernarvon 1647-8 , Anglesey 1654-5 , Swansea 1659 , and S. Albans 1660 ; and acted as steward for manors of sequestered Royalists under the Committee for the Advance of Money . A moderate Parliamentarian and a supporter of the protectorate , he seems to have succeeded in making his peace at the Restoration. [See Thomas family of Coed Alun and Aber .] The will of William Foxwist , St. Albans , dated 1673 , was proved that year.

Bibliography:

  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales , 1895 , 4, and The history of the Great Sessions in Wales, 1542-1830 together with the lives of the Welsh judges, and annotated lists of the chamberlains and chancellors, attorney generals, and prothonotaries of the four circuits of Chester and Wales , Brecknock, 1899 , 60-1;
  • Old Wales a monthly magazine of antiquities for Wales and the Borders , Talybont, Breconshire, 1905-1907 , i, 257-9, 378-9;
  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families , 1914 , 354.

Author:

Professor Glyn Roberts, M.A., (1904-1962), Bangor

Author:

Gareth Haulfryn Williams, Caernarfon