Watkin ANWYL of The Red Lion
Catherine JONES
(Abt 1736-1821)
Evan ANWYL of Harlech
(Est 1770-Aft 1841)
Watkin ANWYL of Dolgellau & Pwllheli, Esq.


Family Links

1. Jane JONES

2. Mary LLOYD, widow

Watkin ANWYL of Dolgellau & Pwllheli, Esq.

  • Born: 1792, Llandanwg, Merioneth, Wales
  • Christened: 17 Sep 1792, Dolgellau, Merioneth, Wales 1
  • Married (1): 9 Jan 1822, Dolgellau, Merioneth, Wales 2
  • Married (2): 20 Sep 1866, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire, England 3
  • Died: 27 Mar 1876, Pwllheli, Caernarvonshire, Wales 4
  • Buried: 4 Apr 1876, St. Mary's Parish Church, Dolgellau, Merioneth, Wales 5

  Research Notes:

Watkin son of Evan Anwyl of Harleigh by Anne his wife (baptismal record)


In 1827 Watkin Anwyl was a witness at the marriage of his sister Jane to John Jones of Barmouth.

Co-executor and a residuary legatee of the Will of his father-in-law Griffith Jones of Gwanas in the parish of Dolgelley, Gent. (1837)



NOTICE is hereby given, that, by an indenture bearing date 8th day of July, 1844, JOHN EDWARDS of Dolgelley, in the county of Merioneth, Gardener, Nurseryman, and Seedman, hath conveyed and assigned all his estate and effects whatsoever unto Watkin Anwyl, of Dolgelley aforesaid, Ironmonger and Grocer, and Evan Jones of Dolgelley aforesaid, Maltster and Farmer... [The] said indenture was duly executed by the said John Edwards, Watkin Anwyl, and Evan Jones, on the said 8th day of July, 1844, in the presence of and attested by William Williams, of Bala, in the county of Merioneth, Gentleman, and Richard Hughes, Clerk to Humphrey Lloyd Williams, of Dolgelley aforesaid, Attorney-at-Law....

Eddowes's Journal, and General Advertiser for Shropshire, and the Principality of Wales, Shrewsbury, Wednesday, July 17, 1844.


DOLGELLY.—Several young girls, unknown to their parents, went to bathe in a most dangerouss part of the river on Tuesday, among whom were two daughters of Mr. Watkin Anwyl. The youngest of the two, named Harriet, aged ten years, got out of her depth, and the other, named Eliza, attempted to get her out, but slipped in herself, and sank. The other children immediately raised an alarm, and assistance was very soon obtained. After very energetic exertions, both children were got out by two men and taken to the house of Mr. W. Jones, carrier. Medical aid was sent for, and through the continual exertions of Drs. Evans and Williams, Williams and Rowland Lloyd, of Dolgelly, and O. Morris, of Barmouth, Harriet was resuscitated, but in the other, life was extinct....

Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian, Glamorgan, Monmouth, and Brecon Gazette, Saturday, July 24, 1847, citing Eddowes's Journal.


In 1851 Watkin Anwyl (58) of Dolgelley, grocer, and wife Jane (51) of Dolgelley were living in Eldon Square Dolgelley. Present were children (born in Dolgelley): Anne (25), Catherine (23), Harriet (15), Jane (20), Evan Jones (20).

In 1861 Watkin Anwyle (68) of Dolgelley, grocer, and wife Jane (62) of Dolgelley were living in Eldon Square Dolgelley. Present were children (born in Dolgelley): Evan Jones (31), grocer, Ann (35), Harriet (24).

In 1871 Watkin Anwyl (78) of Dolgelley, retired grocer, and wife Mariah (66) of Manchester Lancashire were visiting widow Anne Williams (52) of Dolgelley, charwoman, at 3 Fron Cottage, Dolgelley.


ANWYL—March 27, aged 83, Mr. Watkin Anwyl, Pwllheli.

The Liverpool Mercury, Wednesday, March 29, 1876, p. 3

Watkin Anwyl of Glanymor House Pwll heli died aged 83 years (burial record).

FUNERAL OBSEQUIES.—The mortal remains of Mr Watkin Anwyl, formerly a merchant of this town but lately of Pwllheli, were conveyed to this town on Tuesday last for interment in St. Mary's Parish Churchyard...

The North Wales Chronicle, Saturday, April 8, 1876, p. 6


The Will with a Codicil of Watkin Anwyl late of Glan-y-Mor House Pwllheli in the County of Carnarvon Esquire, who died 27 March 1876 at Pwllheli, was proved 29 April at Bangor by Mary Anwyl of Pwllheli, widow, the relict, and the Reverend Thomas Davies of 46 Kennngton Oval in the County of Surrey, independent minister, the executors. Effects under £18,000. 4

  Marriage Information:

Watkin married Jane JONES, daughter of Griffith JONES of Gwanas, Gent. and Mary ROBERTS, on 9 Jan 1822 in Dolgellau, Merioneth, Wales. (Jane JONES was born in 1799 in Caertyddyn, Dolgellau, Merioneth, Wales, christened on 27 Apr 1799 in Dolgellau, Merioneth, Wales and was buried on 28 Mar 1864 in Dolgellau, Merioneth, Wales, aged 64 years.)

  Marriage Notes:

Watkin Anwyl, bachelor, shopkeeper, of Dolgellau, Merioneth, to Jane Jones, spinster, of Dolgellau.

Marriage Bond: 2 Jan 1822 (Bangor A 54/1)


Watkin Anwyl of this Parish and Jane Jones also of this Parish

Married by Licence with Consent of Parents

Witnesses: Griffith Jones, Lewis Williams

  Marriage Information:

Watkin also married Mary LLOYD, widow and relict of Rowland LLOYD, Esq., on 20 Sep 1866 in Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire, England. (Mary LLOYD was born about 1805 in Manchester, Lancashire, England.)

  Marriage Notes:

ANWYL—LLOYD—Sept. 30, at the parish church, Prestwich, by the Rev. J. P. Alrey, M.A., Watkin Anwyl, Esq., of Mount-pleasant, Pwllheli, to Mary, relict of Rowland Lloyd, Esq., of Plas Gwyn, Dolgelly. 3


1 Dolgellau Parish Registers, Baptisms.

2 Ibid., Marriages, p. 66, no. 197.

3 The Liverpool Mercury, Monday, September 24, 1866, p. 3.

4 Probate Calendars of England & Wales 1858-1959, p. 96.

5 Dolgellau Parish Registers, Burials, p. 244, no. 1946.

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