PROBERT, Henry (c.1645-by 1719), of the Argoed, Pen-allt, Tryleg, Mon.
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Family and Education
b. c.1645, 2nd s. of Sir George Probert† of Pant-glas, Tryleg by Magdalen, da. of Sir Charles Williams† of Llangibby, Mon., sis. of Sir Trevor Williams, 1st Bt.† educ. Jesus, Oxf. matric. 22 May 1663, aged 18; I. Temple 1664. m. (1) by 1670, Rachel, da. of Thomas Morgan† of Machen and Tredegar, Mon., sis. of William Morgan†, 3s. (1 d.v.p.) 3da. (1 d.v.p.); (2) by 1691, Eleanor, da. of Henry Baker of Abergavenny, Mon., 1s. 1da. suc. bro. 1680.1
Sheriff, Mon. 1689–90.
Despite his father’s Royalism, and the fact that his second wife came of a Catholic family, Probert was an active supporter of the ultra-Protestant faction in Monmouthshire headed in the early 1670s by his uncle Sir Trevor Williams and after 1677 by John Arnold*. Probert was removed from the commission of the peace with Arnold in November 1677 ‘for affronts to the Duke [of York] and misdemeanours in offices’, and, though restored, was purged again in 1680. He had testified in 1678 to the Commons’ committee inquiring into the growth of popery in South Wales and the marches that his original expulsion from the commission had been provoked by his zeal in the Protestant cause. Sheriff in 1689, he may have been the Henry Probert who with one Anne Pierce petitioned the Treasury in 1693 for a share in a ‘concealed’ estate