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This father of DAVID II lived at Great Nash in Llangwm parish and also had property in Jeffreston. THOMAS'S elder son Richard inherited the estate, and his other sons became mercers as well as mayors, bailiffs, and sheriffs in Pembrokeshire, where apparently all remained except our DAVID II in Carmarthen. One NASH man has not been definitively placed in the family, i.e. Thomas NASH of St Ishmael's near Milford Haven and Sandyhaven, but Derek Williams believes he was probably a grandson of this THOMAS and thus a cousin of our 2.RICHARD NASH. He married Elenor, daughter of Margaret Legh of Surrey and William ap Sir Rhys ap Thomas (GG, Yryen Rheged 12-13 76, Film no.104351). Possibly this marriage makes a link for our LEIGHS with the wealthy and important Legh and Culpepper families of Stockwell in Surrey, but we have not been able to find further relations. The mansion house at Great Nash was large, with 6 hearths or fireplaces, but was in ruins by 1811. A vaulted cellar still exists behind the later farmhouse, and a dovecote built by one of the last of the NASH line stands nearby.
This wife of THOMAS NASH came from the estate of New Moat (near Great Nash) when they married about 15OO. The SCOURFIELDS held extensive lands, and equally extensive pretensions since they apparently gave Lewys Dwnn a spurious pedigree relating themselves to "Sir John Vere, Earl of Oxford" and "Mareta Grin" [Greene] and thus back to the Normans and most of European royalty including Charlemagne. The Golden Grove pedigree gave the same "Mary Green" (Adv Pembs B360, Film no.104352). To disprove this part of the pedigree, see Derek Williams' "An Examination of the Scourfield Pedigree," Pembrokeshire Historian, 17-24. Nevertheless, the SCOURFIELDS were an important gentry family who continued to acquire lands, and in 1631 John IV SCOURFIELD (a contemporary of our RICHARD II LEIGH, grandson of ELIZABETH NASH) held 60 properties covering 5,000 acres in 18 parishes (Green, "Scourfields," 145-58. An interesting family anecdote concerns a William Scourfield (abt 1520-92), who was taken by pirates while in the Barbary area, so his wife remarried (Jones, Pembs Hist. 7 (1981) 67-68). On William's return he reclaimed her, and her erstwhile husband Morgan Philipps of Picton Castle remarried and ironically his son married Janet Nash (the last NASH heiress) and inherited Great Nash (GGB Adv Pembs B375, Film no.104352). The SCOURFIELD arms are given as "Gules, a chevron between 3 greyhounds coursant in pale argent", i.e. A red shield with a chevron and three running greyhounds silver, one above the other.
He is identified as father of ALICE MEILIR, wife of DAVID II NASH, by Dwnn (I,202). Likely he was related to the later John Meylir in 1567 who was master of a sailing vessel carrying wool and cloth to Bristol, and also merchant of the cargo. The Welsh Port Books show other likely relatives, namely David Maylir shipping coal to Ireland and a William Meyler bringing boards and other lumber from Bristol in 1602. Another John Meilir married into the SCOURFIELD family that had various relations to the NASHES. The MEILIRS also married into the Holland family of Conway in North Wales, apparently after Robert Holland became rector in Prendergast in 1591 (DNB). Already in 1571-78 Richard Holland of Carmarthen had commercial deals with RICHARD NASH (Cal. State Papers, Dom., 1566-79 Add., XXV, no.92). The GG books show numerous other individual marriages without a developed line, though the name Meilir continued in Haverfordwest church records until at least 1702 (Film no.105104). The MEILIR family would have had a coat of arms, but we have not found it.
She is identified as wife of JOHN MEILER and mother of 5.ALICE, wife of DAVID II NASH (Dwnn I,202). Her death date comes from the estimated date of her daughter's birth.
Very little is known of him except where he lived, his wife, and four children, our 6.HENRY, James, Anne, and Luce (GG, Gwaethvoed 43L 1650, Film no.104350).
Likely English in origin, the BATEMAN family were gentry and mercers in Haverfordwest who married into several families related to the NASH and BOWEN families (GG, Adv Pembs B368 28, Film no.104352). The BATEMANS of Honeyborough were presumably the main line, and the Haverfordwest branch must have descended from a younger son. Their arms were "Sable, a chevron between three escallops Argent", i.e. A black shield with a silver chevron between three silver shells.
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