GRIFFITH, William I, of Caernarvon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

2nd s. of William Griffith (d.1587), and bro. of Edward, John II and ?Robert. educ. Clare, Camb. 1567, BA 1571, MA 1574, LlD 1581; adv. Doctor’s Commons 1583. m., 2s.1

Offices Held

Escheator, Caern. 1582, j.p. from c.1588; j.p. Anglesey from c.1583; admiralty judge for N. Wales 1586; dep. v.-adm. Denb., Flints., Merion., Caern.2


Griffith is easily confused with his father and his two nephews, all namesakes and active in local affairs. As a magistrate, he was jointly responsible for the county musters of 1587, and in the same year he denounced to the council the secret Welsh recusant printing press in Rhiwledyn cave.3 His main concern was, however, with his Admiralty duties, which he was still carrying out in 1611. This is the last clear reference to him.4

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: A.H.D.


  • 1. Griffith, Peds. 125; E. G. Jones, ‘The Caern. Squires’ (Bangor MA thesis), 145-6.
  • 2. J. Wynn, Gwydir Fam. ed. Ballinger, 75; Lansd. 737; EHR, xxiii. 756.
  • 3. Jnl. Welsh Bibliog. Soc. ix. 4-5; Clenennau Letters, ed. Pierce, no. 4.
  • 4. Flenley, Cal. Reg. Council, Marches of Wales, 60, 74, 127, 213; Clenennau Letters, nos. 171, 197, 200, 259.