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From: "John Ball" <>
Subject: Re: [POWYS] Hugh Powell, Breconshire
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 21:41:24 -0000
Barbara Good wrote:
Looking for information on a Hugh Powell and family, of Castle Madoc,
Breconshire. There appears to be a series of Hugh Powells, the one I have
was born ca 1555. I would appreciate any information on this Powell family
of Castle Madoc.
I quote verbatim from page 166 of the South Wales (Breconshire) section of
"The Beauties of England and Wales" (Volume XVIII) by Thomas Rees, published
.Castell Madoc, a family mansion, long the residence of the Powells, but now
the property of Mr. Hugh Price. The present house was built in the year
1588, by Mr. Thomas Powell, on the site of a castellated mansion of
uncertain date. Near the house stands an artificial mound of earth of
considerable elevation, which was probably surmounted at one period by a
keep or prison.
Mr. Owen states that William Powell, of Castell Madoc, was a poet and
flourished between A. D. 1580 and 1620. He gives us, however, no list of his
writings, which appear to be little known. Mr. Charles Powell, the last male
representative of this house, whose name has already been mentioned in
connection with some antiquities in this county, which he examined at the
request of Mr. Strange, "was a man of more than common talents, improved by
an intercourse and correspondence with several of the learned of his day,
and by great reading and much experience during the progress of a long
life." He died at an advanced age in the year 1796, leaving one daughter,
Catherine Powell, who, dying unmarried, bequeathed the estate to the Rev.
Hugh Price, rector of Rettenden, and of Little Ilford in Essex. On the death
of Mr. Price, in 1803, the property devolved to his son Mr. Hugh Price.
On a hill in this neighbourhood, above Alltarnog, are some remains of a
British intrenchment, which are conjectured to have been occupied by Madoc
ap Maernach previously to the erection of Castle Madoc.
John Ball, Ystalyfera, near Swansea, Wales, UK
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