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POXTYPOOL, PAST S PRESENT. x. i.xxxn. Uonviad- d from our lusi.l We gather the following incidents con- nected with Sir Trevor Williams from Dirck's Lift and Times of the Marquis of Worcester The siege of Rafllan Castle was maintained by Colonel Morgan, Major-General Laughhorne, Sir Trevor Williams, Baronet, and Colonel Robert Kirle, with about 5000 horse and foot. It became necessary for the besieged,,in their extremity, in the pleasant month of May, 16-16, to destroy every shelter or advantage the enemy might derive from the houses in the village, or its old church. They therefore levelled the goodly tower of the bitter, as also the houses near, burning like- wise whatever might in any way have been likely to prove available. 0 Sir Trevor Williams, at the same time, was arranging to blockade llaglan, garrisoning his men in the town of Usk. On the oherside, Col. Kirle, with his force, was stationed within two miles of Raglan, while L<mghorne occupied Aber- gavenny. In their skirmishes with the enemy posted in these positions, the Royalists lost 16 killed and 20 taken prisoners while Sir Trevor 11 illiams seized 80 horses grazing under the cast lie 'walls. In the coarse of the summer, the besiegers were strongly reinforced by the arrival of troops under General Fairfax, who took the command of the siege in person, and compelled the gallant gar- rison, which at first only consisted of 800 men, to surrender on honourable terms. Coxe states that Sir Trevor, perceiving from fatal experience that the evils of a revolution- ary government were greater than those of the monarchy, embraced the royal cause. He excited the apprehension? of Cromwell, who issued orders for his arrest two years after the siege of Raglan Castle. The letter which Cromwell wrote upon the occasion is given in Harris's Life of the Protectory and runs as follows :— The L. GeneralT s order for taking Sir Trevor Williams and Mr Moryan, Sherifft of Mon- mouthshire. Sir,—I Berul you this enclosed by itselfe, because its of,grater moment. The other you may com- 7itume&i t/O as far as you think fitt and I hqixi vfii&en. I would not have him nor ot'& ho ft e £ t tnen bee discouraged that I think itt 1I.Ot hitt- at preswit to enter into contests ittlCill be gpod to yeâld Îl little for publicize advantage, and truly that is my end, wherein I desire you to taits.fy them. I have sent as my letter mentions to have you to remove out of Breckmjcksheir, indeed into that part of Glainorgansheir which lyeth next to Muy\o\ithitheir,for this end. We have plaine discoveries that Sir Trevor Williams of Langebie, about two miles from Uskie, in the county of Mummuth, was very deepe in the plot of betrayinge Chepstow Castle, soe that wee are out of doubt of his guiltynesse thereof. I do hereby authorize you to seize him, as also the high sheriffe of Mumouch, Mr Morgan, whoe wcrt in the same plott. But because Sir Trevor Williams is the move dangerous man by farr, Ilcould have you to seize hila first, and the other will easilye bee had. To the end you may not be frustrated, and that you be not dece.aved, I think fitt to give you some cha- racterof the man, and some intimations how things stand. Ilee is a man (as I avi informed) full of craft and subtiltye, very boulde and resolute, hath a house at Langebie icell stored with armes and very stronge, his tieighlwurs about him very mal-ig- nant ami much for him, who are apt to rescue him if apprehended, much more to discover any- thmg which may prevent itt. IIee is full ofjea- iousie, partly out of guilt, but much more because he doubts some that ivere in the busiaesse have discovered him, which indeed they have; and also because hee knows that his servant is brought hither, and a minister to be examined here, whoe are able to discover the whole plott. If you should marche directly into that countrie and neere him, itt odds hee either fortefyes his house or gives you the slip, soe also if you shmtld (joe to his house and not find him there, or if you attempt to take him and rnisse to effeof, itt; or f you make any known inquiry s after him, itt will be discovered. Wherefore to the first you have a fair pretence fdr goinge out of Brerknocksheire to a quarter about Newport and Carl eon, which is not above four or five miles from his house. You may send to Col. Herbert, whosp house lyeth in Munmuth- sheire, who will certainly acquaint you where Itee is. You are ulsq to send to Capt. Nicolas, whoe is at Chepstow, to require him to assist you if he should gett into his house and stand upon his guard. Sam. Jones, who is quarter-master to Col. Herbert's troupe, be very assistinge to you, if you send to him to meete you att yomur quarters, both by letting you know where hee is, alsoe in all matters of intelligence. If thcire shall be necde, Capt. Burge his troupe now qucrn'- teringe in Glannorgansheire shal be directed to re- ceave orders from you. You perceave by all this that we are (it may bee) a little too much solici- tous in litis businesse its our faulte, and indeed such a temper causeth U8 often to overact busi- nesse, wherefore without, more (lilac we leave it toe you, and you to the guidance of God herein, and rest Yours, O. Cromwell. June 11. 1648. If you seize him, bring, or hit ltirn be brought, with a stronge guard, to mee. If Capt. Nicolas should light on him at Chepstoic, due ytJu streng- then him with a good guard to bring him. If you seize his person, disarme his house, but left not his armes be imbeziled. If you need Capt. Burge his troupe, it quarters between Newport and Cardiffe. This letter bt^rays the great anxiety of: Cromwell to severe Sir Trevor, who appears J to have provod himself a match for the future Protector tn oraft. We have no record of t prepafatld»s for his capture proving sue- ceesfu.1, but wo are told that the knight was active in assisting to restore Charles II., that hg. lived to witness another revolution in 1688, lllng at that time Member of Parliament for Moumouthshire, and that he died beloved and respected, at the age of sixty-nine, in the year 1692. Sir Trevor married Elizabeth, daugh- ter of Thomas Morgan, Esq., of Machen (by his first wife Rachel, sister and co-heir of I Ralph Lord Hopton,) and had issue 1, Trevor, who married Mary, daughter of Humphrey Wyndham, Esq., of Dunraven, in Glamorgan- shire, but died before his father and left no children; 2, John, his father's successor; 3, IIopton, heir to his brother 4, Thomas, who married first Delarivers, daughter of Sir Thos. Morgan, and widow of Thos. Lewis, Esq., of 8t Pierre, in Monmouthshire, and had issue two sons, (a) John, heir to his uncle Hopton, and (b) Charles, who died unmarried; by his second wife, Thomas was the father of another son, (e) Leonard, who was heir to his brother John; .5, Ilachd, married to Henry Morgan, Esq., of Rhos-newydd 6, Anne, the wife of Roger Williams, Esq., ot Cefn-helig; 7, Mar- garet; 8, Frances, married to Sir William Boothbv, Baronet, of Eroadlow Ash, in the county of Derby, ancestor of the present baro- net of that place; 9, Mary, the wife of —— Wilcox, Esq. and 10, Blanch. Sir Trevor was succeeded by hia eldest surviving son, Sir John Williams, lord of the manors of Ewyas, Lacy, Waterslow, and Trescaiilon, and proprietor of other lands in the county of Hereford. He was also lord of the manor of Caerwent, in Monmouthshire, but having con- tracted debts in the public service, he obtained an act of Parliament in the reign of Win. IIi. to sell this estate. By this means, the. extent of the Llangvbi estates was greatly reduced. Sir John married first Anne, daughter and co- heir of Humphrey Baskerville, Esq of Pont- rilas, in Herefordshire, and secondly, Catherine, third daughter of Philip, fifth Earl of Pern- broke, and sister to the sixth and seventh Earls, but the baronet died, in 1704, without issue, and was succeeded by his brother, Sir Hopton Williams, third son of Sir Trevor. He represented Monmouthshire in Parliament during the reign of Queen Anne. By his wife Mary he had two sons, who died unmarried, and one daughter, who became the wife of CnfKain Webb. He died in 1723, at the age of 60, and was succeeded by his nephew, Sir John Williams, son of his brother Tho- paas, the fourth son of Sir Trevor Williams. He married Temperance llumsey, and had issue three daughters: 1, Ellen, his heiress; 2, Mary, married to Francis Herbert, Esq.; 3, Delarivers, who died unmarried. Sir John died 1738, and was succeeded in the baronetcy py his half-brother, Sir Leonard Williams, who died without issue in ] 758, when the estates devolved upon his niece, Ellen Williams. This lady, in the year 1748, married William Ad dams, Eq., ot' Mon- mouth, the eldest son of William Addams, Esq., of that town (derived from a branch of the Addams of Cheaton, county of Salop.) and Anne his wife. Upon his marriage with the heiress of Llangybi, Mr Addams assumed the additional surname of Williams. He had issue i., William, his heir; ii., John, horn 1750, became of Llangybi; iii., Trevor, born 1756, died 1782 iv., Thomas Addams, vicar ofUsk, born 1758, was twice married, by his first wife had two sons—1, Thomas Addams- Willianis, of Monmouth, 2, William Addams- Jl illiams, of Monmouth, who married his cou- sin youngest daughter of Mr Williams of Llangybi by his second wife the vicar of Ursk had issue—1, Frederick; 2, Arthur, vicar of Llanbaddock; 3, Annabella; 4, Frances; 5, May; 6, Emma; 7, Catherine, the wife of James Boulton, Esq., of Usk. Mr Addams- '\Villiams died in 1806, and wassucceeded by his son, William Addams- TVmiams, Esq., of Llan- gybi Castle, born in 1749, and married in 1784 to Caroline, eldest daughter of Samuel Marsh, Esq., of Clapham, formerly M.P. for Chippen- ham, and had issue 1, William, his heir 2, Henry, died unmarried in 1815; 3, John, of Penarth-house 4, Samuel Trevor, born iu 1793, married Eliza, daughter of the Rev John Thomas, vicar of Caorleon, and had issne--(a) Henry John Trevor, born 1820, (b) Eliza, mar- ried to T. M. Llewelyn, Esq., of Abercarne 5, diaries, in holy orders, rector of Llangybi 6, Frederic, in holy orders, rector of Llandegveth 7, Edward,; 8, Ellen-Annabella, married to Mr Thomas Richards 9, Caruline,. 10, Mary, mar ried to her cousin W. Addams-Wiiliams, Esq., of Monmouth. jlr Win, Addams-Wiiliams of Llangybi died in 1824, and was succeeded by his eldest son, William Addams-Wiiliams, Esq., of Llangybi. This gentleman was born in 1787, and in 1818 married Anna-Louisa, eldest daughter of the Rev lltyd Nicholl, D.D of The Ilam, in the county of Glamorgan. Mr Williams represented the county of Monmouth in Parliament from 1831 to 1840, and also served the office of High llCrifI of the county. He had issue: i., Wil- liam Addams, born 1820, a magistrate for Mon- mouthshire 2, Louisa-Caroline j 3. Caroline- Francos 4, Augusta-Maria Marsh, who died in 1843. Mr Williams was a deputy-lieutenant, and magistrate for the county of Monmouth. -:0:- H.





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