PRYSE, Thomas (?1716-45), of Gogerddan, Card.
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Family and Education
b. ?1716, o.s. of John Pryse of Glanseryn, Mont. by Mary, da. of David Lewis of Dolhaidd, Carm. educ. Westminster, Oct. 1724 (aged 8)-1728; Oriel, Oxf. 9 June 1732, aged 15; L. Inn 1732. m. Maria Charlotte, da. and eventually h. of Rowland Pugh of Mathafarn, Mont., 1s. suc. Lewis Pryse at Gogerddan 1720.
Pryse was returned for Cardigan as a Tory on his family’s interest, voting against the Government in all recorded divisions. After Walpole’s fall a local adherent wrote to him: ‘I congratulate you and the rest of the Patriots on your late victory’.1 One of the signatories of the opposition whip of 10 Nov. 1743,2 he died 21 May 1745, described as ‘of a free, hospitable temper, and a great promoter of agriculture ... a strenuous assertor of the liberties of his country, and zealous for suppressing the barbarous practice of his countrymen in rifling and plundering shipwrecks’.3