OWEN, Arthur I (c.1608-78), of New Moat, Pemb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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c. Jan. 1646
1661 - Sept. 1678

Family and Education

b. c.1608, 3rd s. of John Owen of Orielton by Dorothy, da. of Rowland Laugharne of St. Bride’s; bro. of Sir Hugh Owen, 1st Bt. educ. Hart Hall, Oxf. ?1623, BA 1626; L. Inn 1626, called 1633. m. Mary, da. of Sir John Philipps, 1st Bt., of Picton, wid. of John Scourfield of New Moat, 1s.2

Offices Held

J.p. Pemb. by 1634-?49, 1656-d., Anglesey by 1642-?49., commr. for militia, Pemb. 1642, Mar. 1660, association, S.W. Wales 1644, assessment, Pemb. 1647-8, Jan. 1660-d., Haverfordwest 1661-3, scandalous ministers, S. Wales 1654, accounts, propagation of the Gospel 1654; dep. lt. Pemb. c. Aug. 1660-73, commr. for loyal and indigent officers 1662.3

Maj. (parliamentary) 1643, ?col. by 1646.4


Unlike his elder brother, Owen was a consistent Parliamentarian during the first Civil War and fought under his cousin Rowland Laugharne in Pembrokeshire. He was elected as a recruiter for the county, but secluded at Pride’s Purge. He retained his seat at the general election of 1660, but took no known part in the Convention. A contemporary account describes him as ‘a second Titus, the delight of the gentry of Pembrokeshire, among rigid Presbyterians a Royalist and among the unlimited Royalists a Presbyterian; firm to hi