ROBERTS, John (d.1731), of Plas Newydd, Denb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1710 - 1713
1715 - 1722

Family and Education

1st s. of Hugh Roberts of Havod-y-Bwch, Denb. by Anne, da. and h. of Richard Wynn Jones of Plas Newydd. m. (1) 1693, Susannah (d. 19 Jan. 1722), da. and eventually h. of William Parry of Llwyn Ynn, Denb., 3s. d.v.p. 1da.; (2) Jane, da. of Sir Walter Bagot, 3rd Bt., M.P., of Blithfield, Staffs., wid. of Morris Jones of Llanrhyadr, Denb.1

Offices Held

Sheriff, Denb. 1705-6.


Roberts was brought in as a Tory by the Myddeltons of Chirk Castle, near which he owned an estate.2 Absent from the division on the septennial bill in 1716, he voted against the repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts and the peerage bill in 1719. His name was sent to the Pretender in 1721 as a probable supporter in the event of a rising.3 Also in 1721 the South Sea committee of the House of Commons disclosed that he was one of the Members who had been credited with stock by the Company without paying for it, in his case £1,000 at 178 on 1 Mar. 1720, with the right to sell it back to the Company whenever he chose, receiving the increase in the price as ‘profit’.4 In 1722 he had to give up his seat to Robert Myddelton, on whose behalf he actively canvassed.5 He died 4 Sept. 1731, leaving an estate of about £2,000 p.a. to his daughter.6

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Peter D.G. Thomas


  • 1. W. M. Myddelton, Chirk Castle Accounts, 372n.; J. W. Lloyd, Powys Fadog, iii. 42; iv. 184.
  • 2. NLW, Chirk Castle mss E. 455-60.
  • 3. Stuart mss 65/16.
  • 4. CJ, xix. 573-8.
  • 5. Chirk Castle mss E. 469, 674.
  • 6. Hist. Reg. 1731, chron. p. 42.