VAUGHAN, Watkin.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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The name Watkin appears frequently in the pedigrees of the Vaughans of Herefordshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire and the 1572 MP cannot be identified with certainty. A possibility is a younger (prob. 2nd) s. of Sir William Vaughan of Porthaml, Brec. by his 1st w. Catherine, da. of Jenkin Havard; bro. of Sir Roger Vaughan. This man, who was j.p. Herefs. by 1574, wrote from Bredwardine to Lord Burghley on 17 Dec. 1584 asking for a bill in Parliament to free the marches from inquiries into crimes committed in adjoining shires, and was presumably dead by 1596, when his name disappears from the commission of the peace.1

Another possibility is a common councilman and original burgess of New Radnor named Walter Vaughan, and described as of Presteigne, alias of Harpton, alias of London. He was pardoned in 1559 for offences connected with the clipping of coins. His mother was presumably the Eleanor Vaughan of Harpton, widow, who made her will 30 Dec. 1564, leaving houses and lands to her younger son Walter. Walter Vaughan and his wife ‘of Radnor’ (presumably the Harpton people) were still alive late in 1601.2

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: M.R.P.


  • 1. T. Jones, Brec. iv. 285; Clarke, Limbus, 242; CSP Dom. 1581-90, p. 215; Harl. 3525, f. 110; C. M. Bradford, Blanche Parry (privately).
  • 2. CPR, 1588-60, p. 289; Trans. Rad. Soc. xxix. 49; Star Chamber, ed. Edwards (Univ. Wales Bd. of Celtic Studies, Hist. and Law ser. i), 140.