Shropshire and a bit of Montgomeryshire

Here’s a simplified timeline related to the previous two posts.

William Beddoes (1710-1774) bought Cheney Longville in Shropshire in 1745.

His first son Thomas (1746-1822) married Priscilla Minton (1754-1819), the daughter of the manor holder in Minton, Church Stretton, Shropshire. Eventually, she inherited that estate.

Priscilla’s and Thomas’s son Thomas (1777-1837) owned both Minton and Cheney Longville. They passed to his son Thomas (1809-1850), apparently the first to call himself Minton Beddoes.

Upon Thomas’s death, his brother William (1817-1870), a doctor, became lord of the manor at Cheney Longville and Minton. He was a friend and relative of the poet Thomas Lovell Beddoes.

William Minton Beddoes married Laura Seraphina Pugh, from the Pugh family of Dolfor – a place across the border, in Montgomeryshire, Wales.

Their first son, William Francis (1858-1928), practiced law in London and was married to the niece of Queensland’s first PM. The second son, Thomas Pugh (1861-1930), was a surgeon. The youngest son, Henry Roscoe (1865-1919), reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, survived WWI but died in a steamboat wreck near Messina.

It so happened that it was Henry Roscoe’s son, Edward William (1907-1952), who inherited the Minton Beddoes’s real estate. In addition, he inherited the Pughs’ land and house in Montgomeryshire: he referred to himself as “squire of Dolfor” in 1930, and served as the high sheriff of Montgomeryshire in 1948.

The next in line is Major Stewart William Minton Beddoes (b. 1939), Zanny Minton Beddoes’s (b. 1967) father.

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