JONES, Lewis (by 1519-67/69), of Bishop's Castle, Salop.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Constituency

Dates

Apr. 1554

Family and Education

b. by 1519, prob. s. of Jenkin ap Llewelyn. m. (2) Jane, da. of Humphrey Plowden of Plowden, wid. of Richard Blunden of Bishop’s Castle; 2s. d.v.p. 8da.1

Offices Held

Sheriff, Mont. 1542-3, 1557-8; j.p. Salop 1547, 1564; constable, Bishop’s Castle by Dec. 1547-d.; escheator, Brec. 1548-9, Salop in 1557; commr. relief, Brec., Mont., Salop 1550.2

Biography

Despite his prominence in three of the counties in which he held lands, the only account to have been found of Lewis Jones’s ancestry appears in the pedigree of his son-in-law David Lloyd Blayney of Gregynog, Montgomeryshire, where, to add a touch of confusion, he is called Lewis Gwyn. By 1536 he may have been in the service of Bishop Rowland Lee, president of the council in the marches. An active administrator in Montgomeryshire from 1540, he was described in 1546 as of Bishop’s Castle, not far from his Montgomeryshire estate of Church Stoke.3

At Bishop’s Castle Jones was a neighbour of the Plowdens, and Edmund Plowden, perhaps already his brother-in-law, may have helped to secure his return for Leominster to Mary’s second Parliament; the steward of Leominster, Humphrey Coningsby, was a brother-in-law of Plowden’s patron Sir Francis Englefield, and the sheriff of Herefordshire, Sir John Price, was Plowden’s colleague on the council in the marches. Jones had another influential neighbour and friend in Edward Herbert, himself knight for Montgomeryshire in this Parliament. Nothing is known of Jones’s part in the proceedings of the House, but alth