PRICE (AP RHYS AP HYWEL), William (c.1520-74 or later), Beaumaris, Anglesey.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Family and Education

b. c.1520, 1st s. of Rhys ap Hywel ap Rhys of Bodowyr in Llanidan by Alice, da. of Dafydd ap Ieuan ap Matto. suc. fa. 1540.1

Offices Held

Capital burgess, Beaumaris 1562.2


In the will of Rhys ap Hywel, written in Welsh and Latin and proved in 1540, William Price is mentioned as the eldest son. Although of an old Welsh family from the south of Anglesey and kin to several unsympathetic to the Bulkeleys, he was to identify himself with the Bulkeley interest. His father named one William Bulkeley (probably the Member of that name, living at Llangefni) as protector of his wife and executrix, and a generation later Price was the lessee of ten acres from Richard Bulkeley. On the first two occasions that he was returned for Beaumaris the knight for the island was his cousin Rowland ap Meredydd and on the third Richard Bulkeley. After 1559 Price rarely used the Welsh form of his name, but it was by his patronymic that he was entered on the tenancy list in 1574. This is the last reference found to him.3

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558

Author: P. S. Edwards


  • 1. Date of birth estimated from fa.’s will, PCC 17 Crumwell. Griffith, Peds. 51, 83.
  • 2. CPR, 1560-3, p. 347.
  • 3. C. E. M. Evans, ‘Medieval Beaumaris and the commote of Dindaethwy’ (Univ. Wales M.A. thesis, 1949), iii. 96.