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VINCENT family. This notable clerical family, connected by birth and marriage with numerous landed and clerical families in Gwynedd , sprang from the Corbets of Ynys-y-maengwyn (says J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees , 237). VINCENT CORBET of Ynys-y-maengwyn (d. 1723 ) had a son, THOMAS VINCENT , whom [it is said] he ‘disinherited’; this Thomas ( 1677 - 1738 ) was successively vicar of Bangor and rector of Llanfachraeth ( Anglesey ); he m. Jane Anwyl , a descendant of the Anwyls of Parc , Llanfrothen (qq.v.) , and they had two sons. The elder, THOMAS VINCENT ( 1717 - 1798 ), graduated from Christ Church in 1739 , and was archdeacon of Brecon in 1770 — he was also rector of Yatton, Som. His younger brother, JAMES VINCENT ( 1718 - 1783 ), graduated from Jesus College , Oxford , in 1739 , was master of Friars school ( Bangor ), vicar of Bangor , rector of Llandwrog, Caerns. , and became rector of Llanfachraeth in 1763 . He had several daughters, of whom one, JANE ( 1751 - 1812 ) m. her cousin, an army officer named JOHN JONES , son of Owen Jones of Penychen ( Aber-erch ), canon of Bangor , by Catherine , daughter of the Rev. Thomas Vincent (above). Their son, JAMES JONES ( 1792 - 1876 ), who in 1820 assumed the name JAMES VINCENT , was b. 4 Oct. 1792 , graduated in 1815 from Jesus College , Oxford , of which he became a Fellow , and after a curacy at Beaumaris became rector of Llanfairfechan ( 1834-62 ) and dean of Bangor ( 1862-76 ); d. 22 March 1876 . He had m. Margaret Matilda Crawley of Gorddinog , and their second son was JAMES VINCENT ( 1827 - 1869 ), b. 23 April 1827 , who graduated from Jesus College , Oxford , in 1849 ; he was perpetual curate of S. Anne's , Llandygai , 1857-9 , and was then appointed vicar of Llanbeblig ( Caernarvon ), where he d. 8 Sept. 1869 as a result of his self-sacrifice during a cholera epidemic . His sons (by Grace Elizabeth , daughter of William Johnson , rector of Llan-faethlu ) call for notice. The eldest,

JAMES VINCENT ( 1857 - 1909 ), whose career is fully described in D.N.B. second supplement, was b. 17 Nov. 1857 , went to [ Winchester ] and Christ Church ( B.A. 1880 ) and was called to the Bar ; he became chancellor of Bangor diocese in 1890 . During the controversy over land-tenure in Wales , he defended the landlords in two books, The Land Question in North Wales , 1896 ( Welsh version by T. R. Roberts [q.v.] in 1897 ), and The Land Question in South Wales , 1897 ; he also published ( 1903 ) the Memoirs of Sir Llewellyn Turner (q.v.) ; but outside Wales he is better known as an editor of periodicals and a writer on topography . He d. 18 July 1909 . [ The second, ( Sir ) HUGH VINCENT , b. 27 April 1862 , knighted in 1924 , d. 22 Feb. 1931 , a Bangor solicitor , contested the Caernarvon division in 1910 .] The youngest,


( Sir ) WILLIAM VINCENT ( 1866 - 1941 ), b. 1 April 1866 , educated at Brecon and at Trinity College , Dublin , entered the Indian civil service in 1887 and had a very distinguished career in it; he became member (and vice-president ) of the legislative council of India , was on the Council of India from 1923 to 1931 , and represented India at the League of Nations ( 1926 ). He was knighted in 1913 , and was subsequently made K.C.S.I. and G.C.I.E. After his return from India , he served as high sheriff of Anglesey in 1931 , and in 1932 became treasurer of the University College of North Wales ; in 1937 the University of Wales conferred upon him the honorary degree of LL.D. He d. (at Treborth Uchaf , Bangor ) 17 April 1941 .

Bibliography:

  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families , 1914 , more especially 237, 337;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Crockford's Clerical Directory ; Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (second supplement);
  • Who's who? [see Wynn - Pryse - Corbet family. ]

Author:

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