1958 Schedule of Contents

This is the Complete Transcript from the Schedule Of Content.
Original Scans Courtesy of Philip Nanney Williams..


1. Huw Nannau the Younger, 1588-1647. Grandson of Huw Nannau Hen. Married Anne Vaughan of Corsygedol. (died c.1668).
High Sheriff 1626-7 and 1637-8.
Custos Rotulorum.

1a.Bond. 1597, to his father Gruffydd Nannau, for ‘the peaceable enjoyment of Doluwcheogrhyd.’

2. Gruffydd Nannau or Nanney, 1611-1655, Son of above.
Married Anne Gwyn of Dolaugwyn. (died 1688).
High Sheriff 1642.

3. Probably Anne, daughter of above, sister of No.7. and widow of William Vaughan of Corsygedol. (No.78).

4. Probably Catherine, daughter of above William Vaughan.
Married Colonel Hugh Nanney. (No.6).

5. Probably Jonet Salusbury (c.1645-1674).
Married Hugh Nanney of Doluwcheogrhyd. (No.7).

6. Colonel Hugh Nanney. (1669-1701).
2nd son of No.7, and younger brother of No.8, whom he succeeded 1690.
Married Catherine (No.4?), daughter of William Vaughan of Corsygedol (No.78).
Colonel of Merioneth Militia.
Vice-Admiral of North Wales.
M.P. 1695, 1698 and 1701.
High Sheriff 1691-2.

6a. Colonel Nanney’s Militia Drum.

7. Hugh Nanney of Doluwcheoghryd. 1633-1676.
Father of Colonel Nanney.
Only son of Gruffydd. (No.2).
Married Jonet Saluabury. No.5?)

8. Gruffydd Nanney. 1667-1690. Eldest son of above, whom he succeeded aged 9.
High Sheriff 1689-90. (Note Llyn Cynwch in background).

9. Sir Roger Mostyn, Bart. 1734-96. Father of Anna Maria Mostyn.

10. Lantern Clock. ‘Sir Roger Mostyn 1655.’ Probably brought to Nannau by Anna Maria Mostyn who married Robert Williames Vaughan (2nd Bart) in 1801.

11. Sheriff’s Banners. 1784. (Robert Howell Vaughan).

Contents of Glass Cabinet:

Shelf I (Top). Pair of Goblets and Sweetmeat Jar with covers (c.1770—80).

Shelf II. Pair of ‘scratch-engraved’ decanters. (Early 18th Century).
Three engraved Goblets. (One engraved ‘R EVANS’) (Early 19th Century)

Shelf III. Mug (possibly Christening) engraved ‘R.W.V.’ (Queen Anne coin enclosed in base) (Early 18th Century).

Set of six Tumblers, engraved ‘Nannau First day of January 1797’ and names of R.W. Vaughan, his two brothers and nine others.
Leather Case to fit, labelled ‘House-warming Glass.’ (Late 18th Century).

Two Tumblers, engraved ‘R.W.V. June 25th 1824.’ (Early 19th Century).

Shelf IV. Goblet, engraved ‘December 14th, 1957,’ and Muirhead and Vaughan Coats of Arms (late 17th or early 18th Century) (Engraved 1957).

Set of crystal Wine glasses, engraved with names of 13 members of ‘The Cycle’ (Jacobite Club). Names include R.H. Vaughan and Sir W.W. Wynn c.1770.

Shelf V. Jug, engraved ‘E.0.’ (Mid. 19th Century), and various items (Early Georgian).

Shelf VI. Waterford Bowl, with lid and stand (c.1780).
Six Waterford (or Waterford Style) Thumb Glasses (c.1800).

Shelf VII. ‘Teardrop’ Glass, engraved ‘THE KING GOD BLESS HIM.’
Six-penny piece (George V) moulded onto side of glass, probably at Coronation, 1911. (Mid 18th Century).

Four Waterford Style Thumb Glasses (c.1780), and Tall Ewer (17th Century).


15. Probably Anne, eldest daughter of Colonel Hugh Nanney, 1691-1729. Signed – ‘Medina, 1697.’ The little boy cannot be placed as a member of the family. He may be the hoped-for heir, of whom Sion Dafydd Las wrote in 1691.

16. Probably Catherine Vaughan, 1721-1807 (eldest sister of Robert Howell Vaughan, 1st Bart.) Not a pair with No.15, as formerly supposed. Painted by a later and inferior artist. Note likeness to 2nd Bart (No.24) who would be her nephew if this conjecture is correct.

17. Howell Vaughan of Hengwrt, c.1660-1697. Aged 16.
Grandson of Robert Vaughan the Antiquary.
Grandfather of 1st Bart.
Married Sidney Price of Rhiwlas.
High Sheriff 1696-7.
(Painted on Copper. Note avenue, formerly at Hengwrt, in background).

18. Thought to be Howell Vaughan of Hengwrt (as above).

19. Probably Robert Vaughan of Hengwrt, 1695-1750. Son of Howell (above).
Father of Hugh and Robert Howell (1st Bart).
Married Janet, 3rd (twin) daughter of Colonel Hugh Nanney, High Sheriff 1735-6.

20. Hugh Vaughan, 1723—1783, aged about 50.
Eldest son of No.19. and Janet.
Inherited Nannau on the death of William Vaughan of Corsygedol (No.75) in 1775.

21. Thought to be the same, aged about 21.

22. Robert Howell Vaughan, 1724-1792.
Younger brother of above.
Married Anne Williams, heiress of Meillionydd and Ystumcolwyn.
High Sheriff 1784.
Created Baronet 1791.

23. Anne Vaughan, (nee Williams), 1731-1791. Wife of above.
(See also No.110 and M.14).

24. Robert Williames Vaughan, 1768-1843. Eldest son of Robert and Anne Vaughan. (See also No.40.)

25. Edward Williams of Meillionydd, father of Anne.


M1. Probably Sidney Vaughan (nee Price) (c.1670-1752). Wife of Howell Vaughan of Hengwrt. (No.17).
M2 and M3. The Nanney Twins. Catherine (1692-1756), and Janet (1692-1728), daughters of Colonel Hugh Nanney.
M4. Not identified, Lady, mid 18th Century.
M5. Not identified, Lady, mid 18th Century.
M6,7 and 8. Probably Sidney Vaughan and her two grandsons. Hugh (1723-1783) and Robert (1724-1792).
M9. Not identified, Lady, late 18th Century (English School).
M10. Ann Carr, Signed ‘R. Cosway, R.A.’
M11. Robert Howell Vaughan (1724-1792). 1st Baronet.
M12. ‘J.F.’ Probably the Grandfather of Jane Fletcher, who married the Rev. William Vaughan of Pontesbury.
Brigadier Vaughan’s great-grandfather (English School c.1800).
M13. Ralph Littlehales, Grandfather of Jane Littlehales, who married (1790)
John Vaughan of Chilton Grove (father of the Rev. William Vaughan above).
(17th Century by Bernard Lens.
M14. Anne Williams (m. Robert Howell Vaughan) aged 10, (1740).
M15,16 and 17. Robert, Edward and Griffith Vaughan, sons of Robert and Anne Vaughan.
M18. Unidentified Lady. Early 19th. C.
M19. Robert Williames Vaughan, eldest son of Robert Howell Vaughan.
M20. Gritffith ap Howell Vaughan. youngest son of Robert Howell Vaughan.
M21. Unidentified Lady, early 19th Century.
M22. Unidentified Lady, early 19th Century.
M23. JANE LANE, who helped Charles II to escape after the Battle of Worcester (1649).
M24. PRINCE CHARLES EDWARD, the Young Pretender.
M25. Unidentified Gentleman, 18th Century.
M26. Unidentified Child, 19th Century.
M27. Unidentified Gentleman, c.1830.
M28. Unidentified Lady, c.1820.
M29. Unidentified Lady, c.1820.
M30. John Vaughan of Nannau, 1829-1900, father of General Vaughan.
M31 and 32. Unidentified Lady and Gentleman, c.1860.
M33. Ellinor Vaughan, née Owen, 1832-1916, wife of John Vaughan of Nannau.
M34. Katharine Pritchard, née Vaughan, 1881-1909, mother of Brigadier Vaughan.
M35. Mary, née Monck, wife of Brigadier Vaughan, 1936.
M36. Susan, eldest daughter of Brigadier and Mrs. Vaughan (Aged 3).

26. Carpet, made by blind Indian orphans to the order and special measurements of Major (afterwards Maj. General John Vaughan, when serving with his Regiment in India (c.1908).

27. Set of eight Chinese Chippendale chairs (Probably unique).

28. Chinese Chippendale table, bought with two others by Brigadier Vaughan at the sale of furniture belonging to the late Sir Eric Skaife at Dolserau, 1956.

29. 17th Century Workbox, which belonged to Mary Cromwell, sister of Oliver Cromwell.

30. Cabinet, painted by Brille, 17th Century Flemish Artist.

31. Chandeliers bought (together with the one in Hall), with the proceeds of the sale of General Vaughan’s sporting cups.

32. Show use containing:
A – Pair of Georgian Salvers, 1771.
B – 12 barrel-shaped silver drinking cups. 6 engraved ‘Nanney 1787,’ 6 engraved ‘Hengwrt 1788.’ (1788 was the year in which Hengwrt was restored to the family after a long Lawsuit).

33. A Pair of Adam Cabinets.
A – Containing a quantity of Bow, Dresden, Chelsea and other figures.
B – Containing Chamberlain-Worcester Tea Service and other china.

34. Showcase containing a quantity of seals and other trinkets of family interest.

35 Showcase containing Battersea Enamel Boxes.

36. Showcase containing:
Victorian Chatelaine: the watch and seal bear the name of Catherine Vaughan, presumably General Vaughan’s Aunt (1830-92).
Gold, pearl and enamel watch.
Jacobite Pincushion, 1746, printed with names of 75 Scottish supporters of Prince Charles Edward.
Pincushion, ‘M.W.’ marked in pins, i.e. Merryel Williams, grandmother of Anne (No.23), or her aunt.
Early Bryant and May Matchbox.
Pair of silver candle-snuffers.

37. Susan, eldest daughter of Brigadier and Mrs. Vaughan. Aged 20, July 1957.

38. David Muirhead, Aged 23, July 1957. Married Susan Vaughan, December 14th, 1957.


40. Sir Robert Williames Vaughan, Bart. 1768-1843.
Eldest son of Sir R.H. Vaughan. (No.22).
M.P. for Merioncth for 44 years (1792-1836).
High Sheriff 1836-7.
(Painted by Drummond. 1825).

41. Nannau, c.l820, as built by the above, and where he lived until his death. (Painted by Delamotte).

42. Robert Williames Vaughan, 1803-1859. Only son of Sir R.W. Vaughan above.
Succeeded him as 3rd and last Baronet, 1843.
High Sheriff 1846. (Painted by Drummond 1825).

43. Rhug. c.1820, where above lived after his marriage with Frances Lloyd of Rhagatt (1835). (Painted by Delamotte).

44. France: Vaughan (nee Lloyd), 1810-1858.
Wife of Sir R.W. Vaughan, 3rd Bart.

45. Griffith Howell Vaughan, 1769-1847.
Youngest son of Sir R.H. Vaughan, 1st Bart. (No.22).
Colonel of Merioneth Militia.

46. Robert Williames Vaughan (the younger), sketched near Maesybryner with his donkey, by James Ward.

47. Two pastel portraits, of sons of Sir R.H. Vaughan.
A.- Robert Williames Vaughan (the elder).
B.- Griffith Howell Vaughan, his youngest brother. The portrait of the 2nd Son, Edward is in the Corridor (No.85), with his collection of watercolours (No.89).
A Collection of Paintings by D. Clowes

48. The White Ox. slaughtered for the Coming-of-age of R.W. Vaughan (the younger). June 24th 1825. (With the Ox is the great-great-uncle of Brigadier Vaughan’s Shepherd, Mr. Oliver Rees.

49 and 50. Two hunters belonging to Sir R.W. Vaughan.

51. Sir R.W. Vaughan’s spaniel, ‘Sancho.’

52. Hound, belonging to Sir R.W. Vaughan, hunting a fox on wooded hills near Hengwrt (Precipice Walk in the background).

53. Hunter and dogs. Llangollen Bridge and Castell Dinas Bran in background. By Weaver.

54. A Foxhound. By Weaver. 1829.

56. A quantity of silhouettes. Sir R.W. Vaughan and other members of the family.

57. Oak Dining Table. Originally at Corsygedol. Reputed to be the table on which the Death Warrant of Charles I was signed. Presumably brought to Merioneth by Colonel John Jones of Maesygarnedd, one of the signatories.

58. [MORE] Oak Carrying Chair. Made c.1620. Used by Sir R.W. Vaughan. M.P. when touring his constituency. The dates represent the occasion on which he crossed Bwlch o’r Drws to Dinas Mawddwy, to join the London Coach.
ERROR ON THIS ENTRY – NO – R.V. of Corsygedol who had dropsy, had to be carried into the House of Commons

59. Horns and forefeet of the White Ox (see No.48), The Barron, which was roasted for the Coming-of-age of Robert Vaughan the younger, weighed 165lbs.

60. Candlesticks, copied from the chimneys of the Archdeacon’s house at Bangor. The wooden ones were made from the remains of the Oak in which Owain Glyndwr hid Howel Sele’s body. (See No.70, and Biographical notes in Souvenir Booklet).

61. The ‘Ceubren Cups.’ Also made from Howel Sele’s Oak. They were used at Robert Vaughan’s Coming-of-age celebrations. Each of the acorn-shaped Stirrup Cups is inscribed with a different Welsh saying.

62. Brass lock, inscribed ‘Sir R.W. Vaughan, Bart’, from the trunk used by his son at Balliol College, Oxford.

63 Collection of Silver.
A. – Charles II Tankard. 1681.
B. – ‘Monteith’ Punch Bowl. 1700. Made by Henry Penstone.
C. – Pair of Queen Anne Candlesticks. 1710. Made by Anthony Nelme.
D. – Two George II Beer Jugs. 1751. Each weighs approximately 30 ozs (Troy.)
E. – Pair of Georgian Soup Tureens.


70. Howel Sele’s Oak Tree. July 28th, 1813. Print of a drawing by
Sir Richard Colte Hoare, the day before it fell. (See Souvenir Booklet).

71. A coloured print of the oak, from a drawing by John Parry.

72. Print. showing the discovery of Howel Sele’s skeleton.

Three Portraits by James Fellows.

73. William Vaughan of Corsygedol. M.P. 1707-75. Married Catherine, daughter and heiress of Colonel Hugh Nanney.

74. Mrs. William Vaughan (Catherine Nanney). 1692-1768.

75. Ann, only daughter of William and Catherine Vaughan. 1734-1767. (This portrait is named ‘Mrs. William Fychan.’ but since she would have been 59 in 1951, it seems more likely to be the daughter. The name is by a different hand from the Artist’s signature, and appears to have been added at a later date (probably by someone who did not know that Catherine was 15 years older than William).

76. An old barber’s chair. (18th Century).

77. A Print showing the fight between Howel Sele and Owain Glyndwr (I404). (Drawn by Barker. 1798).

78. William Vaughan of Corsygedol. 1632-1669. Married Anne Nanney (No.3). Father of Catherine who married Col. Hugh Nanney (No.4).

79. One of the daughters of Colonel Nanney, probably Ann the eldest, or Catherine, the elder twin. (See likeness to No.74).

80. Unidentified. Possibly Margaret Vaughan. c.l694-1752, daughter of Howell of Hengwrt (No.17), or a Vaughan of Corsygedol. (See likeness to William (No.78).

81. Probably Mary Nanney, youngest of Colonel Nanney’s daughters.

82. Unidentified. Possibly Catherine Vaughan, l72l-1807, eldest sister of 1st Bart.


85. Edward William Vaughan. 1769-1807.
2nd son of 1st Bart. (See No.47, for his two other sons). Assumed the additional name of ‘Salusbury’ on inheriting Rhug.
Commanded H.M. 1st Regiment of Foot Guards.

86. Eton College Prayer Book. ‘E.W. Vaughan Salisbury, 1783.’

87. ‘Book of Orders of the First Battalion First Regiment Foot Guards on Foreign Service. Commencing 26th Feb. 1793.’ Signed: E.W.V. Salisbury.’

88. Knife, fork and spoon used by Colonel Vaughan-Salusbury, during the Peninsular War.

89. Colonel Vaughan-Salusbury’s Collection of Water Colour Sketches of the European Military Uniforms of 1797. Signed : ‘C.J. Smith.’ Probably unique.

90. Model of a British Man-o’-War (c.1800), made by French Prisoners of the Napoleonic Wars (from the bones of their rations and their own hair), in Salop Gaol. Acquired by Brigadier Vaughan’s great-grand-fafther, the Rev. William Vaughan. Vicar of Pontesbury, Salop.

91.Showcase containing old Coins, not yet classified.

92. Prehistoric Bronze ‘Bucket.’ Kurdish type. The only one of this type found in Great Britain (to date 1958). Dug up in Nannau Deer Park, about 1880. (c.600 B.C.)

93. Copper Halberd (Irish). Early Bronze Age. Found at Dolfrwnog.

94. Copper Spearhead (Irish). Found in Cist at Tyddyn Bach.

95. Early Stone Hammer, also found on the Nannau Estate.

96. Elizabethan Water Bottle, said to have belonged to Queen Elizabeth I.

97. Welsh Oak Dressers, and a quantity of Oriental and English pottery, delft and china, including delft sand-holders for quill pens. (c.1700).
(The Oriental China was collected by Sir Charles Pritchard K.C.I.E., Brigadier Vaughan’s Grandfather).

98. Two ‘Straw Pictures’ of Cymmer Abbey, made by Sir R.H. Vaughan.

99. Two paintings of birds by the same.

100. Oil Painting of Covenanter, attributed to Frans Hals.

101. Stone Inscription from the house built on this site by Huw Nannau Hen in 1581.
‘HUGHE:NANNE:ANES:N:’ (i.e. Hugh and his wife Anne Vaughan of Corsygedol).

102. Victorian Firescreen, showing ‘Old Nannau.’ from a sketch by Moses Griffth (in the National Library of Wales). Also ‘Old Rhug,’ and two of the bridges on the Estate built by Sir R.W. Vaughan, 2nd Bart.

103. Coromandel Lacquer Cabinet.
(On Oak Stairs, Leading to Upper Stairs)

109. Paintings of Pugs, belonging to Owen Slaney Wynne, who lived for many years at Doluwcheoghryd. (Painted by is wife c.1890).


110. Anne William, 1730—90, heiress of Meillionydd and Ystum Colwyn. Married Robert Howell Vaughan (afterwards 1st Bart).

111. Arthur Williams of Meillionydd, grandfather of above.

112. Unidentified, but thought to be Merryel Williams, wife of above.

113. Family Group, thought to be Anne Williams’ maternal grand-mother, with the two daughters of her first marriage, Anne and Margaret Pugh.

114. Lady. Early 18th Century ‘ANNE’ on canvas. Thought to be Anne Lloyd, mother of Anne Williams, or her half-sister, Anne Pugh.

115. ‘Omai, Sir Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander.’ By William Parry, 1742-1791, son of the blind Harpist of Wynnstay, and pupil of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Omai, a South Sea Islander, was brought to England by Captain Cook in 1773. He was ‘lionised’ by London society, and introduced to King George III. He was returned to his native Huaheine in 1776. Solander and Banks (afterwards President of the Royal Society), were the botanists who accompanied Cook on his voyages of discovery, and named Botany Bay.

116. Royal Warrant for the Baronetcy of Robert Howell Vaughan. 1791.

117. Patent granting a Coat of Arms to Robert Howell Vaughan. 1791.

118. John Vaughan of Nannau, 1829-I900. (Father of Major General John Vaughan).

119. Sir Charles Pritchard, K.C.I.E. (Grandfather of Brigadier Vaughan).


125. Oil Painting. Fruit and Flowers, By ‘Baptiste.’ (Jean Baptiste Monnoyer 1636-1699).

126. Oil Painting. Cows overlooking the Vale of Clwyd. (Artist unknown).

127. Oil Painting. Cock and Hens. By Hondecoeter. (1636-1695).

128. Oil Painting. Storm at Sea. By D. Lynn. c.1826.

129. Iron Tankard. ‘1601,’ and Royal Arms of Queen Elizabeth I.

130. [Oak ‘High Chair.’ ‘G.N. 1669.’ i.e. Gruffydd Nanney, born 1667. (No.8).

BREAKFAST ROOM (The ‘General John Vaughan Room’)

135. John Vaughan, aged 10, with his pony. (Painted by E.L. Barrington from a photograph taken outside the window of this room).

136. Major-General John Vaughan (1871-1956), mounted on ‘Red Letter,’ a famous Point-to-Point winner. (Painted by E.L. Barrington, from a photograph).

137. A Collection of paintings of horses owned by General Vaughan.

138. A Collection of Sporting Prints. Hunting, Shooting, Fishing.

139. Another Collection. Polo and Pigsticking.

140 Hoof of ‘Vedette,’ the pony on which General Vaughan won the ‘Kadir Cup.’ (the ‘Blue Riband’ of Pigsticking). (1907).

141. [The spear with which General Vaughan won the Kadir Cup, and the tusks of the boars killed.

142. Miniature of General Vaughan.

143. General Vaughan’s 10th. Royal Hussars Spurs.

144. General Vaughan’s Medals.

145. 10th Royal Hussars Ceremonial Bridle and Breastplate.

147. A Collection of coloured Military Prints. 7th and 10th Hussars 1715-1891. (Probably unique).

150. Sheriff’s Banners 1836-7. Sir Robert Vaughan (2nd Bart).

1965 Auction

Most of the original period furniture and effects were sold off at auction, by direction of Brigadier C.H.V. Vaughan, D.S.O., D.L, J.P.

The sale included one-thousand lots and comprised of: English and French 19th century chandeliers, oil paintings, watercolours, prints, engravings, silver, china, glass, ornamental items, books, soft furnishings, etc. which Beresford Adams & Sons – Estate Agents – Surveyors – Auctioneers – Valuers. The Cross, Chester, will sell by auction on the premises on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 14th, 15th and 16th June, 1965. Commencing at 11:00am promptly.

VIEW DAYS: Friday and Saturday, 11th and 12th June, 1965, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Following the disposal of the mansion with a few acres of surrounding land, and the Owner’s intention to reside in a smaller home nearer Dolgellau, the major portion of the contents is being sold by auction on the instructions of Brigadier C.H.V. Vaughan, D.S.O., D.L, J.P.

It is interesting to note that Nannau, a Georgian house standing 700ft. above Dolgellau amid some of the most delightful scenery in Britain, is probably the fifth on the site, built 1788-96. The first known house was erected in 1100 by Cadwgan ap Bleddyn, Prince of Powys from whom the Nannau (or Nanney) and Vaughan family, descend.

And so there has been a member of this old Welsh family at Nannau for well over 800 years, thus creating a wealth of principality and family history, instructive, interesting and varied. It naturally follows that the mansion itself with its many antiquities, armorial stones, royal arms and family portraits (not to be sold) will attract considerable attention.