TURBRIDGE, John, of Dogfeilyn Llanrhudd, Denb.
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Family and Education
1st s. of Robert Turbridge, baron of the Exchequer, and particular sureyor of crown lands in North Wales, by Ann (or Jane), da. and coh. of Humphrey Dymock of Lleweni Green. educ. Shrewsbury 1577; Furnival’s Inn; L. Inn 1582, called 1589. m. Margaret, da. and h. of John Lloyd of Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, 2da.
The Turbridges had been settled in Ruthin for some generations before Robert Turbridge, the MP’s father, established the family fortune by his appointment in 1562 (jointly with John Gwyn) to the surveyorship of crown lands in recognition of his ‘constant diligence about the Queen’s affairs in the said counties’—presumably in his capacity of baron of the North Wales Exchequer. Apart from the emoluments of the office, it put him in the way of acquiring during the next few years leases in the town of Ruthin and the crown wastes of Dyffryn Clwyd. He was on good terms with the powerful Wynns of Gwydir until his death, which must have occurred soon after 1607. He was later alleged to have served as ‘agent’ to the Earl of Leicester and Ellis Price in their high-handed dealings with the North Wales gentry. Turbridge himself took no known part in public affairs apart from his membership of this one Parliament. He left no son to continue the line, but the succession was maintained through his younger brother Robert, who married into the Conways of Bodrhyddan. His descendants long retained their standing among the minor gentry of the vale of Clwyd, but they never again sat in Parliament.
Harl. 1971, f. 112; Dwnn, Vis. Wales, ii. 351; CPR, 1560-3, p. 299; Cal. Wynn Pprs. pp. 13, 14, 46-7, 66, 69, 71, 72, 284-5, 339; Augmentations, ed. Lewis and Davies (Univ. Wales Bd. of Celtic Studies, Hist. and Law ser. xiii), 387, 389; Al. Ox. i. 1512; Trans. Denb. Hist. Soc. x. 46.