James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Emma and Timothy's death

Timothy Morgan Owen 3 The Morgan-Owens were living at "Bronwylfa" when Emma died 30 October 1923, after which Timothy’s health declined. He held on to see Hugh, his 'favourite surviving son', whom he knew was due to return home from abroad, but died at "Bronwylfa", Montgomery, on the evening of Tuesday, 7 October 1924. The following Saturday local civic dignitaries including the Mayor escorted his funeral cortege to Snead Parish Church, where there was already a brass plaque in memory of his wife and of their son Gurth. Those present included his five surviving children and his only surviving brother, Elisha.

Timothy was a very wealthy man and although he lost some of his fortune paying the creditors of his son-in-law Maxwell Wood, at his death, he still owned "Garreg-y-frân Beguildy", Radnorshire, as well as the properties mentioned earlier. I am told that Timothy may have severed his ties with some of his siblings who had approached him for money. He left the furniture and farming stock of "Llwynderw" to his daughter Gwendolen but the paintings of her grandfather James and of her Uncle John (Emma’s younger brother) and of the Dog were bequeathed to his son Morgan with the proviso that they are not to go out of the family. The value of his estate was £3831-6s-10d.

There are many letters and many articles by and about Timothy in old copies of both local and national newspapers, some of which have been included here. Together with his book, Early English and Welsh History, they provide a lasting legacy and reflect the wide range of subjects in which he was interested, as well as some of his many prejudices. No one can deny that Timothy was a hard worker and a great orator - he was much in demand as a public speaker - and he clearly enjoyed the status that wealth and his intellect brought but I suspect he would have been disappointed as he looked back on his life; the reason why he failed to reach the pinnacle of his chosen profession, why his political aspirations were summarily cut short and why he was passed over for the honour to which he aspired was due, sadly and most probably, to his bombastic outspokenness.