File P 1/7 - Morgan pedigree roll

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P 1/7


Morgan pedigree roll


  • 1633 (Creation)

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1 roll (4 items)Torn 14 cm.

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According to a note in Octavius Morgan's handwriting, the roll appears not to have been part of the Morgan family papers, but to have been met with accidentally in 1877 and bought as lot 135 at the sale of William Mytton's collection of topographical and genealogical manuscripts (see Tredegar 3/7 for a copy of the catalogue).

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Pedigree roll drawn by Water Hopkins, and finished at Brecon, 10 Dec. 1633, showing Sir William Morgan of Tredegar's lines of descent from various great personages, including from Edward I, king of England; Alfonsus, king of Castille; Philip, king of France; Peter, king of Spain; William, earl of Henalt [Edward III's father-in-law]; Edmund of Woodstock, earl of Kent; Richard, earl of Arundel; Roger Quincy, earl of Winchester; William, earl of Ferrers; John, lord Wake; James, lord Audley; Walter Devereaux, lord Ferrers of Chartley; Ralph, lord Boteller; Robert, lord Whittney; and Thomas, lord Roch. -- The descents are padded to some extent, with some lines of descent effectively duplicating others, including those showing Sir William Morgan's descent from Edward II, Edward III and Edmund of Langley, duke of York, son, grandson and great grandson of Edward I; and from Thomas Holland and Edmund Holland, earls of Kent, the grandson and great grandson of Edmund of Woodstock, earl of Kent. -- The roll encloses three pages of notes by Octavius Morgan, including "this pedigree is a good illustration of the practice of ostentatious pedigree making which prevailed in the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I & Charles I. It probably took its use from the researches which were made in the time of Henry VII to ascertain the Tewdwr descent, and was revived again in the time of Edward VI when a great stir was made to draw out the Herbert pedigree on the creation of the second Earl of Pembroke ..."

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Preferred citation: P 1/7

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  • Text: P 1/7 (Bocs 347); $q - Torn 14 cm..