JONES, Roger (c.1691-1741), of Buckland, Brec.
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Family and Education
b. c.1691, o. surv. s. of Edward Jones*. educ. Balliol, Oxf. matric. 16 May 1707, aged 15; I. Temple 1707. m. (1) c.1714, Dorothy (d. 1735), da. of Henry Cornish*, s.p.; (2) Eleanor, s.p. suc. fa. 1696.
Steward, lordship of Penkelly 1731.1
Jones inherited his father’s estate, though not his Jacobite sympathies. He probably owed his success in the 1713 election, when he defeated Edward Jeffreys* by a clear margin in Brecon, to the backing of the Whiggish Morgans of Tredegar. According to the Worsley list, he acted as a Tory in the 1713 Parliament, though the compiler added that ‘il vient d’épouser une jeune femme Whig et promet de se mettre du parti de madame’. He was, however, marked as a Tory in two lists of the Members re-elected in 1715, and his voting record under George I was not consistently Whiggish. Following defeat in 1722 he avoided the expense of future election contests and died in 1741, aged 50, ‘lamented by his friends and country in general’. His widow took her fortune of £15,000 into marriage with Sir John Pryce, 3rd Bt., with whom she resided for a time at Buckland. After Pryce’s death she sold the estate.2