GRIFFITH, Robert, of Caernarvon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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In seven of the eight later Parliaments of Elizabeth’s reign—the Parliament of 1589 is the odd one out—the Member for Caernarvon Boroughs was either a son or a grandson of William Griffith (d. 1587)of Plas Mawr. In 1571 and 1572 the seat was held by his first son, John II; in 1584 by his sixth son, Edward; in 1586 by his second son, William Griffith I; in 1597 by his grandson William Griffith II, son of John II; and in 1601 by another son of John II, his grandson Nicholas. That the Member in 1593, Robert, was either a son or grandson is not in doubt, but there were then two Roberts in the Griffith family, and no reason has been found for preferring one to the other. The choice lies between the Robert about whom nothing is known except that he was William Griffith’s fourth son (brother of Edward, John II and William Griffith I) and Robert, another son of John II (and grandson of William, like his brothers Nicholas and William II), who married Florence, daughter and heiress of Rowland Griffith of Llangedwaladr, Anglesey, by his wife Catherine Mostyn.

Griffith, Peds. 125.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: A.H.D.