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Peter, David of Fedw Deg, and John. David, the second son, was the father of the Rev. Thomas Price, who married Anne Edwards, heiress of Talgarth, in Glyn Ceiriog, and their children were three daughters and one son, the Rev. David Price, a Carnarvonshire magistrate, residing in 1805 at Hendre Rhys Gethin, Bettws y Coed.

Peter Price, elder son of William and Margaret Price, was the father of the Thomas Price (of Gwernhowel, Fig. 8), who married Sarah Edwards, and

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Thomas Price's child Sarah1 was the mother of the Price Jones who (as already mentioned) succeeded to the lordship of Yspytty. He in turn was succeeded in the lordship by his son Price Jones, in whose time the lordship was alienated. This Price Jones lived at Cefn Coch (Fig. 9) and at Berth ddu (near Ruthin), a residence which seems to have been in the family since the time of Thomas Price and Jane Wynne. There still exists in the possession of the

MS. pedigree of Dr. Price Jones, Rhyl.

Price Jones family a water-colour portrait (Fig. 10) of this last lord of Yspytty, made in 1830 by Mr. Mackie from an original painting in 1796. His son Price Jones (Fig. 11), born 1822, lived at Berth ddu and at Rhyl, where he practised as a physician and

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surgeon, and filled many public positions; as Volunteer officer, he was honoured by a military funeral in 1865. His widow, Mrs. Mary Anne Jones, who survived him nearly 40 years, was a daughter of Col. Jos. Peers by Dorothy Lloyd whose father was

Coroner for Denbigh from 1760-1776. Dr. Price Jones left a numerous family of sons and daughters, the oldest surviving son being Mr. Charlton Price Jones.1


Robert Price of Gilar, the grandfather of Baron Price, was High Sheriff of Denbighshire in 1658, and appears to have been living in 1661, as the tombstone in Yspytty Church to Elizabeth Price describes her as wife of Robert Price of Giler." On a stone-now in the wall to the left of the gateway entrance to Gilar — is the date 1675 with the letters "R. P."

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His eldest son, Thomas, died comparatively young in 1664, leaving eight children to be tended by his widow Margaret (the wealthy heiress of Thomas Wynne of Bwlch y Beudy), who survived him by 59 years. On his tombstone in Cerrig y druidion Church are his arms— "a lion, rose, griffin, and three Englishmen's heads, quartered on a shield." The maternal grandfather of this Margaret was Simon Parry of Pont y Gof. The above Margaret was descended through female lines from Cadwaladr, younger brother of Dr. Ellis Price of Plas Iolyn. Her paternal grandfather, Cadwaladr (ap Thomas ap Richard Wynne, of Bwlch y Beudy), was the son of Jane, daughter of Robert Wynne ap Ieuan Llwyd ap David Hynaf of Havod y Maidd, by his wife Elliw, 5th daughter of Cadwaladr ap Sir Robert of Rhiwlas ap Rhys ap Meredith of Plas Iolyn.

The eldest son of Thomas and Margaret Price was Robert Price, afterwards Baron Price, of whom anon. His brothers and sisters receive mention on the monument which he erected, in his chapel in Cerrig y druidion Church, to his mother on her death in 1723. Of his five sisters, Jane Kyffin and Anne Maysmore were deceased, Elizabeth Meyrick a widow, Barbara Wynne a wife, and Grace Burchinshaw was still living. Baron

1 The writer is indebted to Mr. Charlton Price Jones for many details embodied in the accompanying pedigree.



Price's brothers, Thomas and Charles, who had each been a freeman and citizen of London, were both deceased. This Thomas died subsequent to the 21st of April, 1709, when he witnessed his mother's will.

Robert Price, the eldest son of Thomas Price and his wife Margaret, was born in Cerrig y druidion Parish, on January 14th, 1653. He was educated at the Grammar School, Wrexham, whence he proceeded to St. John's College, Cambridge. Having gone through his necessary proficiency, and his resolution being wholly bent towards the study of the law, he came to town, and entered himself a student of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, at about the twentieth year of his age." A short time afterwards he set out on his travels (occupying two years) and made the "grand tour" of France and Italy with "uncommon reputation among others and unusual success to himself."

On the 23rd September, 1679, he was married at Foxley, in Herefordshire, in the parish of Yazor, to Mrs. Lucy Rodd, eldest daughter and one of the three co-heiresses of Robert Rodd, Esq., and of his wife, Anna Sophia Neale, daughter of Thomas Neale of Warnford, in Hampshire; he had with her a fortune of thirteen thousand pounds.

In 1682, he was made Attorney-General for S. Wales, elected Alderman of the City of Hereford, and in 1683 chosen Recorder of Radnor.

His assiduity, integrity, and legal ability, gained him such a reputation that, on the death of Charles II., he was made Steward to Her Majesty, Catherine Queen Dowager (1684); Town Clerk of Gloucester (1685); and King's Counsel (1686); but on King William's Accession, he was removed from the first two of these three positions.

After the Revolution of 1688, King William bestowed extravagant grants upon his foreign favourites, and more especially upon William Bentinck, whom he made Earl of Portland, bestowing upon him the Order of the 1 Life of the Honourable Robert Price (London, 1734).

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