[ Genealogy of Leighs]
(Back from Elizabeth Nash)
The NASHES were a landed gentry family, but RICHARD descended from a second son who did not inherit the estate of Great Nash in Llangwm parish in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Like his father he made his own way in the growing urban society. There is no evidence that he finished his training as a lawyer, as did his father, or that he applied for the degree in Civil Law by supplication (after self-study). But he pled his own cases before the Court of Chancery in London. He also sailed on a merchant ship with Sir Francis Drake on the famous (and disastrous) campaign to Portugal in 1589. Numerous other references were found by Derek Williams to RICHARD'S work as a mercer, his service in the government of Carmarthen, and even his troubled marital relations with his wife, who (he claimed) was alienated from him by the machinations of her brother. For more information about RICHARD, see his biography.
Conceivably a John Nash who signed the Carmarthen Order Book on 26 Oct. 1571 (Carmarthen Record Office, MUS 156A) may have been an early son of RICHARD, but otherwise he left no known male descendants. The male NASH line died out with RICHARDíS cousin also named Richard who died in 1582 and the estate of Great Nash went to his son-in-law Albin Philipps of Picton Castle. Yet RICHARD clearly remained important in the LEIGH family memory, because so many sons (at least three from 1650/60 to 1847) were named Richard Nash Leigh, and the name Nash was used as a first or middle name at least five times, the last example by SAMUEL LEIGH in Utah in 1864, over three hundred years after the birth of this RICHARD NASH.
Nothing is known of how the marital alienation of this couple ended, or how it affected their daughter ELIZABETH NASH. ELIZABETH BOWEN outlived her husband as she was called a widow (undated), and possibly she was buried in St Mary's church, Haverfordwest on 21 December 1599 (FIlm no.105104). From the pedigrees of Lewys Dwnn and the Golden Grove books (as indicated below), Derek Williams worked out the long line of the BOWEN family of Lochmeyler back to about 1270, and several of the wives' lines. Derek also traced the line of an earlier Elizabeth BOWEN who married an earlier Richard NASH (an elder brother or cousin of DAVID II), and resolved the confusion of the two couples, but their line is not given here. The Bowen mansion house was a little northwest of the estate of Great Nash, in Llandeloy parish. It is now a four-star farmhouse hotel with 32 beds and a 220 acre farm still named Lochmeyler, which means "Meyler's pool." The BOWEN arms are given as "Gules, two annulets interlaced Argent", i.e. a red shield with two interlaced silver rings.
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