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Brogyntyn (or Porkington), parish of Selattyn, near Oswestry, Shropshire, has been home to the Ormsby-Gore family, later Barons Harlech, since 1815, and before that their ancestors the Maurices and Owens. In the mid sixteenth century the owner of the Brogyntyn estate was John Wynn Lacon whose daughter and heiress, Margaret (1541-1571/2), married Sir William Maurice (1542-1622) of Clenennau, Caernarfonshire. After Sir William's death the family's focus moved from Clenennau to Brogyntyn where his grand-daughter Ellen Eure (1598-1626) made her home with her husband, John Owen of Bodsilin. The Civil War saw their sons Col. Sir John Owen (1600-1666) and Col. William Owen (1607-1670) take charge of Brogyntyn. Marriages during the seventeenth century forged links with the Anwyl family of Parc, Llanfrothen (1648), and the Glyn and Ystumcegid estates (1683). William Owen (d. 1768) married Mary, daughter of Henry Godolphin, Dean of St Paul's and Provost of Eton. Their son, Robert Godolphin Owen (1733-1792) died without issue and the estate passed to his sister, Margaret (d. 1806), who had married Owen Ormsby in 1777. In 1815 their daughter, Mary Jane (1781-1869), heiress of Brogyntyn, Clenennau and Glyn, married William Gore (1779-1860), who assumed the additional surname of Ormsby. Their heir, John Ralph Ormsby-Gore (1816-1876) was created Baron Harlech. The estate held by him in 1873 came to some 20,000 acres of land in North Wales with an estimated rental of £9,613. The 6th baron is Francis David Ormsby-Gore (b. 1954).


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