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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
THE PRICES OF GILAR.
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."
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.
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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).
Garter, and granting the Lordships of Denbigh, Bromfield and Yale, to him and his heirs for ever. By opposing this grant (1695), Robert Price gained the proud title of "patriot of his native country.' When the Warrant came before the Lords of the Treasury— The Earl of Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir William Trumbull and John Smith, Esq-three other patriots, Sir William Williams, Sir Roger Puleston, Sir Robert Cotton, with Mr. Price, were heard before their lordships. The submitting of 1500 freeholders to the will of a Dutch lord was," declared Mr. Price, "putting them in a worse position than their former estate under William the Conqueror and the Norman lords." To this speech Lord Godolphin replied that "they had offered many weighty reasons and they should be represented to His Majesty." The Grant being stopped at the Treasury, Mr. Price, as a Member of the House of Commons, in presenting to the House the petition of the tenants of the manors affected, made a memorable speech which created so great an impression that his motion in conclusion for an address to the Crown, adverse to the grants, except after the consent of Parliament, was carried unanimously. Pursuant to this an Address was presented to His Majesty by the Speaker, attended by the whole House, on January 22nd, 1695-6.
To this the King replied as follows:
Gentlemen, I have a kindness for my Lord Portland which he has deserved of me by long and faithful services, but I should not have given him these lands if I had imagined the House of Commons could have been concerned; I will, therefore, recall the grant, and find some other way of showing my favour to him."
On the Royal Message being received in the House of Commons, Mr. Price drew up a resolution, to which the House assented, to the effect that "to procure or pass exorbitant grants by any member of the Privy Council was a high crime and misdemeanour."
Though it is well-known that King William highly