HARRY, GEORGE OWEN (or OWEN, GEORGE) (c. 1553 - c. 1614), antiquary

Name: George Owen Harry

Date of birth: c. 1553

Date of death: c. 1614

Parent : Maud ferch Ffylip ap Sion ap Tomas

Parent: Owen Harry

Gender: Male

Occupation: antiquary

Area of activity: History and Culture; Scholarship and Languages

Author: Bertie George Charles

According to the pedigree which he himself supplied to Lewis Dwnn, he was the son of Owain ap Harri of Llanelly and Maud, daughter of Phillip ap John ap Thomas of ’ Hendre Mor,’ Gower. He was instituted into the rectory of Whitchurch in Cemais, Pembrokeshire, on 18 March 1584, on the presentation of George Owen of Henllys. He was also rector of Llanfihangel Penbedw in the same neighbourhood, holding both livings from 1597 to 1613 or longer. The rector was a frequent visitor to Henllys, for Whitchurch was but a short distance away, and for nearly thirty years the two antiquaries enjoyed each other’s friendship and literary interests. George Owen Harry was the author of The Genealogy of the High and Mighty Monarch, James … King of great Brittayne, &c. with his lineall descent from Noah, by divers direct lynes to Brutus (London, 1604), The work was intended to show the fitness of James, as shown by his pedigree, to rule over all the countries of Great Britain. It was compiled at the request of Robert Holland, another Pembrokeshire clergyman, who supplied an introductory letter addressed to the king. Another book entitled The Well-sprynge of True Nobility is also attributed to George Owen Harry, (see NLW MS 9853E ) but no copy of it has so far been discovered in any library. He was also a genealogist, and we have a work of his on Pembrokeshire coats of arms.

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