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GRIFFITH , GEORGE WILLIAM ( 1584 - 1655? ), landowner, attorney, magistrate, and antiquary ,

of Penybenglog, Pembs. ; b. 21 April 1584 , eldest son of William Griffith . He m. 22 Nov. 1605 , Maud Bowen of Llwyn-gwair , by whom he had seven children. He was appointed public clerk in Pembrokeshire by the council of the Marches , was sometime Seneschal of Cemais , he assisted George Owen of Henllys (q.v.) with historical researches , and compiled many genealogical manuscripts . Bards from all Wales were entertained at Penybenglog , and Griffith was one of the last landowners in South Wales to patronize bards on any appreciable scale. A republican , he served on parliamentary committees , and his house was plundered by the Royalists . His will was proved in P.C.C. on 29 Aug. 1655 . He was buried at Meline .


  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1938 , 1949 ;
  • manuscripts in N.L.W. and College of Arms.


Major Francis Jones, M.A., F.S.A., London / Carmarthen

Published date: 1959