OWEN, WILLIAM (fl. c. 1486-1574), lawyer

Name: William Owen
Spouse: Elisabeth Owen (née Herbert)
Child: George Owen
Parent: Jane Ellyott
Parent: Rhys ab Owen
Gender: Male
Occupation: lawyer
Area of activity: Law
Author: John James Jones

son of Rhys ab Owen of Henllys, Pembrokeshire, and Jane, daughter of Owen Ellyott, of Earwere, in the same county, and father of George Owen of Henllys. He was a near cousin of Sir Thomas Elyot. After a suit lasting nineteen years he successfully established his claim to the barony of Kemes (Cemais) in Pembrokeshire. He was a member of the Middle Temple and shared chambers with Sir Anthony Fitzherbert, one of the justices of Common Pleas. He brought out two editions of a small abridgement of the laws which were published by Pynson in 1521 and 1528 respectively. It is not certain that an edition dated 1499 was by him, although the supposition that it was is not ruled out by its early date, for it is said that when Owen died, on 29 March 1574, hale and hearty to the end, he was over 100 years old, and so would be about 25 in 1499. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir George Herbert, brother of William, 1st earl of Pembroke.

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Published date: 1959

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