VAUGHAN family of Clyro, Radnorshire

This branch of the Vaughan family was founded by ROGER VAUGHAN I, third son of Thomas ap Roger Vaughan of Hergest. His wife was Jane, daughter of David ap Morgan ap John ap Philip. Their heir was ROGER VAUGHAN II, who married Margaret, daughter of Rhys ap Gwilym ap Llewelyn ap Meyrick. It is possible that he was the commissioner of tenths of spiritualties in Radnorshire in January 1535. He had at least two sons, ROGER VAUGHAN III, the heir, and THOMAS VAUGHAN, of Llowes, who married Sibyl, daughter of Howell ap Thomas Goch. The two brothers fell foul of bishop Rowland Lee in 1538. Thomas may have been the Thomas Vaughan of Clyro who was pardoned for a murder, 14 August 1536. The two brothers were closely examined by Lee and Sulyard, 18 July 1538, and whatever the cause may have been, it was serious enough for Thomas Cromwell to have them taken under escort to his own presence in London. It was probably this Roger Vaughan, having reached a position of respectability, who was sheriff of Radnorshire in 1576-7. He married Margaret, daughter of Sir William Vaughan of Porthaml, who took as second husband Charles Vaughan of Hergest, she being his second wife. ROGER VAUGHAN IV was the heir. He married Margery, daughter of Richard Monington. He was on the commission of the peace in Radnorshire, Herefordshire, and Brecknock, was deputy-lieutenant of Radnorshire, and was Member of Parliament for Radnorshire, 1572-83, and sheriff of Brecknockshire in 1595-6. A close friend of Sir Gelly Meyrick, he fell under strong suspicion during the Essex rebellion of 1601. His son, JOHN VAUGHAN, sheriff of Radnorshire in 1607-8, married the heiress of Richard Baynham of Aston Ingham, Herefordshire, and the family thenceforth turned eastwards.


Published date: 1959

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