Two High Sheriffs of Brecon of the Morgan Family

Many thanks to my cousin Stuart Davies, who is a direct descendent of Morgan Morgan Castell Craig y Nos. I hereby add them to my list of High Sheriffs of the Morgan Aubrey Family and archive them via this blog. We have established definitively that Elizabeth Portrey indeed lived at Ynys Cedwyn House. She was married to her Garth cousin, both were descended from Bleddyn ap Maenarch, Prince of Brycheiniog, son in law of Tewdwr Mawr, Brenin Deau Cymru, the Tudor ancestor. I will ask the Office of the High Sheriff of Powys whether it has Coats of Arms of all the Sheriffs, and documents with heraldic seals. The Uncle of Carole and Mary Hopkin was Leonid Morgan the historian. So they are double cousins of mine (from William Hopkin Nant y Moel Craig Cefn Parc, born in the early eighteen twenties). There must surely be a memory of Elizabeth Portrey in the Morgan Family, and any information on this would be most interesting.

Sent: 11/03/2017 22:17:00 GMT Standard Time
Subj: Re: Coats of Arms

Possible addition to your list is Morgan Watkin Morgan, a grandson of Morgan Morgan and the eldest son of the eldest son of Morgan Morgan, the latter being William Watkin Morgan of Tymawr. More relevant is that Morgan Watkin Morgan was High Sheriff of Breconshire in 1917. The family of William Watkin Morgan had lived with his parents during their ownership and occupation of Craig y nos in the late 1870s.

The youngest brother of Morgan Watkin Morgan, Alfred Howell Morgan, [there were six brothers] was also High Sheriff of Breconshire, in 1931.

Howell was born in the 1880s and thus was very young when his grandfather, Morgan Morgan died, but Morgan Watkin Morgan was born in the 1860s and was thus in his twenties when Morgan Morgan died and would have obviously known him well. In fact this is a direct link back to Elizabeth Portrey as Morgan Morgan himself was say 17 years old when she died.

It would be interesting to see whether either of these two High Sheriffs took the opportunity to link back to the Portrey family within a proper coat of arms.

Albeit that I saw Howell once, he died in 1967, the family of his one daughter have been based in London for many years. Morgan Watkin Morgan died in the early 1940s and only one of his four children married. This was Hamilton Morgan who as a pilot in the RFC landed his aircraft on the mountain above Abercrave Colliery in 1918 without authorisation. His two sons must be quite elderly now and I have not met them.

Stuart Davies

Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 2:45 PM
Subject: Coats of Arms

Windsor Herald,
College of Arms,

Dear Major Hunt,

Can the College of Arms advise on how many coats of arms have been awarded in the attached direct line back to the point at which coats of arms were first defined? Is there an online index of coats of arms available from the College of Arms or some other reliable source? I know that several of the Aubrey, Portrey and Gough families of Ynys Cedwyn were High Sheriffs of Brecon, so would be entitled to a coat of arms assuming that they petitioned for arms. In the extended family there many coats of arms because it is such an ancient family. For example in the extended Aubrey Family the following were High Sheriffs of Brecon all entitled to arms provided they petitioned for arms:

1) Dr William Aubrey Cantref, 1545.
2) John Aubrey Abercynrig 1572.
3) Sir Edward Aubrey Tredomen 1583 and 1589.
4) Morgan Aubrey Ynys Cedwyn 1616.
5) Richard Portrey Ynys Cedwyn 1727.
6) Richard Gough Aubrey Ynys Cedwyn 1800.
7) Richard Aubrey Gough of Ynys Cedwyn, 1840.
8) Fleming Richard Dansey Aubrey Gough Ynys Cedwyn 1895.

Additionally Rice Davies Powell Craig y Nos was High Sheriff in 1847, but apparently did not petition for arms although the office gave him entitlement to Arms. Morgan Morgan of Craig y Nos was High Constable of Brecon. Would this office have entitled him to arms? Finally Lord Tudor Watkins became a Life Peer entitled to arms, but apparently did not petition for arms. I attach a few genealogies. There is a collection of genealogies on compiled with the help of many fine scholars, notably: Stuart Davies, Dewi Lewis, Arthur Turner-Thomas, Vivienne Swaby, Clement Bartrum and many other sources.

Thank you in anticipation

Myron Evans,
Armiger 2008.

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