LEWIS family, of Van, Glamorganshire

This was a prominent Glamorgan family which can be treated as a whole, as no one of its members was of great historical importance. Its distinguishing characteristics were a lengthy pedigree and a marvellous aptitude for the acquisition of property.


He was the first that took the surname. He built the older portions of Van, near Caerphilly, Glamorganshire, and enclosed the park. He purchased the manor of Roath-Keynsham, part of the estate of Keynsham abbey, and was sheriff of Glamorgan in 1548, 1555, and 1559. His wife was Ann, daughter of Sir William Morgan, of Pencoyd, Monmouth, a member of the Tredegar family.


Edward Lewis's son. He was sheriff of Glamorgan in 1569. His first wife was Margaret Gamage of Coity, at the time widow of Miles Mathew of Llandaff. He added to the Van and built the Lewis house in S. Mary Street, Cardiff, which was finally demolished about 1865. He died at Cardiff 2 November 1594. The 'inquisitiones' taken on his death are of considerable local interest.

Sir EDWARD LEWIS (1560 - 1628)

Eldest son of Thomas Lewis, the man who gave the living of Llanfaches to William Wroth, was knighted in 1603, and was sheriff of Glamorgan in 1601 and 1612. He indulged in a good deal of litigation and added considerably to the family estates. The most interesting of his purchases was St. Fagans castle, bought from Sir William Herbert of Cardiff in 1616, and now the Folk Museum of Wales. This included the present house built by Dr. John Gibbon about 1590. He died 9 January 1628.

EDWARD LEWIS (died 1630)

He was knighted in 1603. He lived at Edington, Wiltshire, of which he was lessee. He was Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to prince Henry in 1610 and afterwards to prince Charles. He died at Edington, 10 October 1630 - two years after his father.

WILLIAM LEWIS (died 1661)

He succeeded to the estate and died in 1661. His wife was Margaret, heiress of the estates of Brill and Boarstal, to both of which he added. He was a strong Parliamentarian.

EDWARD LEWIS (1650 - 1674)

He was born 30 July 1650, bequeathed the Glamorgan estate to his uncle Richard Lewis in tail male.

RICHARD LEWIS (1623 - 1706)

He purchased the manor of Corsham and was buried there. He certainly neglected and possibly dismantled Van. He died 7 October 1706.

THOMAS LEWIS (died 1736)

Son of Richard Lewis, was the last Lewis of Van. The date of his birth is not recorded but it must have been before 1668. He was a member of Parliament for various constituencies for many years. He died at Soberton, Hampshire, his wife's property, 22 November 1736. ELIZABETH, his only daughter and heiress, married Other Windsor, third earl of Plymouth of the first creation.



Published date: 1959

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