The North Wales Chronicle – Tuesday April 25th, 1843


Our obituary of this day recounts a very mournful event, the demise of Sir Robert Williams Vaughan, Bart., of Nannau. In an affecting letter from the neighbourhood, dated Saturday, the writer thus briefly but feelingly describes it:–

“The worthy Baronet of Nannau is no more! He expired this morning, at 20 minutes past 6 o’clock, seemingly without any pain or emotion whatever. The good Sir Robert had been complaining for these last 10 days, but he appeared to be decidedly convalescent; indeed so much so, that he took his accustomed place at the dinner table yesterday, and was in excellent spirits,–pleasant and cheerful as usual. His family are all in deep affliction; and Nannau is a house of woe! The shock came as a thunderbolt on all, and more especially on those who had seem him so much better, and so much himself again the whole of yesterday.”

The deceased Baronet has left a kind hearted and amiable widow to mourn her irreparable loss, and an excellent son who, together with his father’s honours and estates, we have been assured, inherits also his virtues. But it is no disparagement to him to express our apprehension that, although a worthy scion of an ancient stock, it will be long ere the gap be made up, which that Father’s lamented removal from a sense of usefulness has made in society.

Thos who knew him best will most fully appreciate his loss. For strong common sense, and shrewdness of intellect, as well as real kindness of heart, he was unsurpassed by none of his contemporaries. In the daily practice of unbounded, but unostentatious hospitality, he exhibited a faithful picture of the old country gentleman, a worthy race, which the more artificial state of society, in the present day, is fastsweeping away from amongst us.

His loss will be long and deeply felt by every grade. The lighter ranks will lament his loss as a valuable member of their body, ever ready to contribute an ample share to the cheerful pleasures of the social circles:–attentive, too, on all occasions, to the higher requisites of his high station, the promotion of his country’s good.

He represented in Parliament the county of Merioneth for forty-four years. He was a kind and considerate Landlord, at all times ready to consult the good of a numerous tenantry, and with his valuable advice to further their best interests. To his inferiors he was affable and condescending,–the poor man’s best friend, not so much by indiscriminate almsgiving, as by adopting that course which tends to preserve and foster his independence of character,–by supplying him with work.

This hasty sketch, so unworthy of such a subject, we are now indured(sic) to insert, in default of a more particular and circumstantial account of this estimable character.

The late Baronet succeed his father, Sir Robert Howell in 1790; Married September, 1801, Anna Maria, daughter of the late Sir Roger, and sister of the late Sir Thomas Mostyn, Baronet, and has issue, Robert Williames, born June 25, 1803, Married July 1835, Frances, daughter of Edward Lloyd, Esq. of Rhagatt.

He sat in Parliament for the county of Merioneth from 1792 to June 25th 1836, when he resigned.