VAUGHAN, John II (by 1525-74), of Kidwelly, Carmarthen and Golden Grove, Carm.
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Family and Education
b. by 1525, 1st s. of Hugh Vaughan of Kidwelly by 1st w. Jane, da. of Morris ab Owen of Bryn-y-Beirdd, Llandeilo, Carm. and Upton Castle, Pemb. m. Catherine, da. of Henry Morgan of Muddlescwm, Carm., 2s. Henry† and Walter†; at least 6s. 5da. illegit. suc. fa. 1532/40.2
Bailiff, Carmarthen in 1553, mayor 1554-3, 1563-4, alderman in 1555; receiver, duchy of Lancaster, Kidwelly 10 Mar. 1554-d.; j.p.q. Carm. 1558/59-d., commr. subsidy 1560, piracy 1565; customer, Milford Haven, Pemb. 1560-d.; steward, Cilgerran, Pemb. 26 Sept. 1560-d.; sheriff, Carm. 1562-3; bailiff, coroner, escheator and town clerk, Kidwelly by 1572.3
The family of Vaughan of Golden Grove was of illegitimate descent from the medieval princes of Powys. John Vaughan’s father was the first of the line to settle in Carmarthenshire, where he married the daughter of a Lancastrian supporter who was second cousin to Sir Rhys ap Thomas of Dynevor; on the execution in 1531 of Sir Rhys’s grandson and heir Rhys ap Gruffyd he was appointed bailiff and rent collector of the Dynevor lands in the lordship of Kidwelly.4
John Vaughan himself took advantage of t