Records of the Rickards family of Usk Priory

Scope and Content

Title deeds relating to the Usk Priory estate, Monmouthshire, mainly in the parishes of Llantrisant, Llantwit Vardre and Llanharan, 1654-1892, and to a lesser extent in Radnorshire, 1655-1710; family and estate correspondence, 1765-1918; papers relating to Lt-Col Edward Lynch Blosse of Milverton, Warwickshire, 1881-1914.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Rickards family of Usk Priory, Monmouthshire, was a branch of the Rickards family of Evenjobb, Radnorshire, that had settled in Gladestry in the same county. The Rev. Robert Rickards (1733-1810) was vicar of Llantrisant, Glamorgan. One of his sons was Richard Fowler Rickards (b. 1765, alive in 1831) of Llantrisant, whose son Robert Hillier Rickards (d. 1873) of Llantrisant, barrister-at-law, and formerly of the 3rd Bombay Lancers, was the father of Robert Rickards of Clifton, Gloucestershire, esq. In 1888 Robert Rickards bought Usk Priory from the mortgagees of Thomas Watkins of Highmead in the parish of Llanfair Cilgedin, Monmouthshire. Usk Priory had been the seat of the Jones family from about 1555 until 1810, when, with the death of the last member of the family, it had been sold to the dukes of Beaufort. In 1865 the eighth duke of Beaufort sold the priory to Thomas Watkins above. Robert Rickards married Isabella, daughter and eventual heir of the Rev. Edward Windsor Richards, rector of St Andrews, Glamorgan, and was succeeded by Robert Windsor Rickards, their only surviving child.


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Compiled by Stephen Benham for the HMC/NLW Family and Estates project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Bradney, Joseph, A History of Monmouthshire (London, 1992 facsimile ed.), vol. 3,part 1; Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of the Records of the Rickards family of Usk Priory.

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Rickards of Evenjobb & his descendants - a family history (Printed for private circulation, 1905). A copy is D2570.14.5.

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