GRIFFITH, William II, 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

1st s. of John Griffith II of Plas Mawr, Caern. and Llanidan, Anglesey, by Margaret, da. of Rhys Thomas of Aber; bro. of Nicholas and ?of Robert. m. Jane, da. of Hugh Gwyn alias Bodvel by Gaynor, da. and h. of Thomas ap John of Pistyll, Caern., 1s. 3da.

Offices Held

J.p. Anglesey from c.1601, sheriff 1604-5, 1625-6; sheriff, Caern. 1615-16, subsidy collector 1622.


Little has been ascertained about Griffith in the Elizabethan period. He is not mentioned by name in the parliamentary journals, but as knight for Caernarvonshire he may have attended the following committees: enclosures (5 Nov.), the poor law (5, 22 Nov.), armour and weapons (8 Nov.), the penal laws (8 Nov.), monopolies (10 Nov.), the subsidy (15 Nov.) and Newport bridge (29 Nov.). He was certainly alive in 1623, and probably still alive two years later.2

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: A.H.D.


  • 1. Folger, V. b. 298.
  • 2. Griffith, Peds. 125; 171, 185, 202; D’Ewes, 552, 553, 555, 557, 561, 565; Harl. 1947, f. 23; NLW, Cal. Wynn Pprs. pp. 161, 173, 215.