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(Back from Elizabeth Nash)
This family is fairly well known. In the 14th century a deed was witnessed by John Wyddelock in 1334 (Cardiff Record Office, CL/Deeds/I/3672). and another John Wydlock was a steward and sheriff of Pembroke in 1383 (British Library, Sloane Ch. xxxii, 19), as found by Siddons.
This is the earliest man on the SCOURFIELD pedigrees in Dwnn and the Golden Grove books who can be considered chronologically possible, though without external documentation. He is preceded by spurious marriages to daughters of Sir Thomas Greene and the Earl of Oxford. His wife too is acceptable though unproved.
In both Dwnn and the Golden Grove books, she is said to be the daughter of ROBERT WYARD Esq. and the widow of Sir John Hearl. Both families had lands in Pembrokeshire, and possibly WILLIAM SCOURFIELD came to Wales with his marriage to the widow Hearl. Bartrum found them to be roughly contemporary (Williams 21).
After his first wife JONET WYRRIOT died, MORRIS married a second time to Isabel/Elsbeth, daughter of John Cheveral (GG, Gwaithvoed 42L 1649-50, Film no.104350, and Dwnn, I,116). MORRIS was wealthy enough to be able to set up at least three of his sons with their own estates. His son Roger by the second marriage inherited the estate of Roblinston, and it is Roger's grandson Mark who produced both "Agnes" and "Anne" Bowen, step-cousins 2X-removed of our 12.WILLIAM BOWEN, whose son 6.HENRY/HARRI BOWEN (speculatively) may have married a daughter of Agnes and David Button or of Anne and David Boulton. Perhaps study of wills and deeds may support (or rule out) these speculations on the identity of 7.NN BYTON/BUTTON (BOULTON?), grandmother of ELIZABETH NASH.
The WYRRIOT family was one of the truly ancient families of Pembrokeshire (GG, Adv Pembs 341B 1, Film no.104352). It was known there already in 1188 when the famous traveler Gerald of Wales visited on his journey around Wales with Baldwin, Archbishop of Canterbury. Gerald's descriptive writings from this trip are of great value to the Welsh historian. Of Orielton among other things he mentioned the "ghostly visitants at the house." Many of the WYRIOTT men were knights, sheriffs, and royal officials for the English kings from Richard II in 1384 to Henry VIII before 1546. The Wyrriot arms were given in 1530 as "Argent, a lion passant Sable", i.e. A silver shield with a black lion walking on four legs. The male line expired in 1577, but the female line continued at Orielton until 1857, according to Francis Jones' Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and Their Families. Among present-day descendants is Captain Mark Phillips, divorced husband of Princess Anne.
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