HARRIS, Hugh (d.1566), of Tre'r Fron and Haverfordwest, Pemb.

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

s. of John Harris by Alice, da. of Maurice ap Thomas Duy. m.Margaret, da. of Lewis Sutton by Anne, da. of Sir Rhys ap Thomas, ?4s. 2da.

Offices Held

Mayor, Haverfordwest ?1538, 1553, j.p. 1561.


According to Dwnn (whose pedigree of the family is open to doubt), Harris’s grandfather, Sir John Harris, came from Essex. If so, his son’s marriage into an old Carmarthenshire family and his grandson’s marriage to a grand-daughter of Sir Rhys ap Thomas, the chief Welsh supporter of Henry of Richmond, gave the family an assured place in Welsh county society. His one appearance in Parliament for his local borough left no trace in the records. He died on 21 Aug. 1566. His will, which was not proved until 1571, lists a number of properties in Haverfordwest and in the neighbouring parish of Redbourne. A small sum went towards the maintenance of St. David’s cathedral, and Harris expressed a wish to be buried in St. Mary’s, Haverfordwest. His widow was executrix, and his son Thomas was principal heir.

Dwnn, Vis. Wales, i. 161; NLW, 1387, f. 42; West Wales Hist. Soc. viii. 93-112; LP Hen. VIII, xiii(2), p. 109; Lansd. 1218, f. 89; CPR, 1560-3, p. 447; E. Laws, Little England beyond Wales, 218; C142/274/122; PCC 9 Holney.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: A.H.D.