on 23/7/02 4:46 am, Clyde Ormond at ckormond(a)burgoyne.com wrote:
Can anyone tell me any thing about a "Lord Kensington" who held land in the
Marloes area of South Wales in about 1825. I have been told that his
surname was Edwards and that he owned "thru the Crown, a large district
which included much farmland and the village of Marloes."
I am looking for information on what his name was, who his parents were and
who his siblings might have been. Any help would be appreciated.
The family name was Edwardes.
The Barony started in 1776, so which Baron Kensington do you need the
parents of? (Burkes Peerage will give the information).
The 4th Baron Kensington purchased St Brides "Castle" in 1880 and his
grandson(?) the 6th Baron Kensington sold the estate in 1920. It then
consisted of "A Baronial residence. Skomer island, Midland and Grassholm and
Gateholm islands, twelve farms, 22 small holdings, 40 cottages, manorial and
foreshore rights, in all 3,662 acres."
At various times the family owned property in Narberth, Marloes, St. Brides,
Haroldston St Issels, Llanstadwell, Johnston, Robeston Wathen and Ludchurch
parishes in Pembrokeshire, land in Carmarthenshire (in Laugharne and
Llandawke parishes), and an estate in Llanarth, Cardiganshire. I believe
that in the early 20th century they owned land in London [Edwardes Square].
William Edwardes was created the first Baron Kensington in the peerage of
Ireland 20 July 1776. He was the son of Francis Edwardes of Haverfordwest
(MP for Haverfordwest 1722 -1725). William Edwardes died at Johnston Hall in
1801 aged 90, having represented Haverfordwest in nine parliaments.
Now, as then, MPs (of all parties) seem to own more property than the
average person in the street.
Francis Edwardes's father was Owen Edwardes. The 2nd Baron died in 1861. The
3rd Baron Kensington was William Edwardes.
Gleaned from "Historic Pembrokeshire Homes and their Families" [apart from
the bits about London and about MPs being able to line their pockets!].