The Bold's appear to have been blacksmiths who lived and worked in a village outside Brecon, and the father of Hugh Bold was ' trumpeter to the Corporation of Brecon.' Hugh Bold became a lawyer's clerk at the Brecon office of John Philipps (of Tre-gaer near Llanfrynach - see Theophilus Jones, IV, 37), married his employer's daughter, and eventually succeeded him in the business. In this way he rose from humble beginnings to become a very prominent man in the affairs of the borough (four times bailiff), and was attorney for the Cyfarthfa and other iron-works in the early days of the industrial revolution.
He was also a pillar of Wesleyan Methodism in Brecon; as steward of Wesley's Society he frustrated lady Huntingdon's attempt at monopolizing the first Methodist chapel there (c. 1771). John Wesley wrote of him: 'I know no attorney to be depended on like him'; and the Moravian Benjamin La Trobe speaks of him with great respect.
He married twice. His first wife, Elizabeth, died 31 October 1781; and from this marriage the later Bolds of the shire are descended - see the history of the family by David Verey in Brycheiniog, 1960. He married, c. 1782, Dorothy, daughter of his old master John Philipps (many years after her father's death in 1763); Dorothy died in 1806 (Theophilus Jones, II, 95).
He died 10 February 1809; his descendants have occupied high positions in the borough and the shire.
Published date: 1959
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