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DEATH OF LORD DYNEVOR. ON Thursday morning, the 9th instant, Lord Dynevor died at Great Malvern, after a protracted illness, in the seventy-fifth year of his age. This lamentable event, although apprehended for many months, has produced unfeigned sadness and sorrow in every part of the county. It seems as if a friend beloved by everybody had departed from amongt us. Perhaps, no one has ever occupied a more enviable position than Lord Dynevor filled in this county for more than half a century. He was from early life conspicuous in the discharge of various public duties, and was thus brought into close relationship with all classes of the community. He represented the county in Parlia- ment for nearly thirty years. He was Vice- Lord-Lieutenant when the Rebecca Riots brought the people into collision with the civil and military authorities. He was for a long period Colonel of the Carmarthenshire Militia. He took an active part in the administration of the county business. He gave his time, his personal influence, and his money, freely and ungrudgingly, in promoting every movement for the benefit of the county, the education of the people, and the relief of the poor and afflicted. In this way he was closely identified with the county, and succeeded in maintaining the respect, confidence, and esteem of all classes, without regard to politics. The fine qualities that distin- guished him throughout a long life, made one forget that he held decided political opinions. But he never allowed politics to interfere with his public duties. His influence was freely exercised for all, his purse was open to all, whether Conservative or Liberal. He was never known to turn away from anyone who sought his advice or assistance. Those who knew him most intimately, say that he could not refuse a favour to anyone-that it was only neces- sary to ask in order to receive. The Right Hon. George Rice Rice-Trevor, Baron Dynevor, was born on the oth of August, 1795. He was the eldest son of George Talbot, by his wife, the Hon. Frances Townsend, third daughter of Thomas, first Viscount Sydney, and succeeded to the title on the death of his father, in 1852. He married on the 27th of November, 1824, Frances, eldest daughter of Lord Charles Fitzroy, and niece of the third Duke of Grafton, and by whom he had issue, five daughters, of whom three survive-the Hon. Lady Bateson, the Countess of Longford, and the Hon. Eleanore (unmarried). His Lordship was educated at Eton, and Christ Church, Oxford. At the general elec- tion, in 1820, consequent 011 the death of George III., he was returned unopposed to represent the county of Carmarthen in the House of Commons, and occupied the seat until 1831, when he volun- tarily retired'from Parliament under a conviction that the opinions he entertained on the subject of Reform, which was then agitating the country, did not agree with the views of his constituents, who had memorialised Sir James Hamlyn Williams to come forward as a candidate, and be was returned unopposed. He was, however, induced to contest the representation in 1832 with Sir James Hamlyn Williams and Mr Adams, of Middleton Hall, when he headed the poll. This was a memorable election, extending over fourteen days, at a cost to Lord Dynevor alone of £ 30,000. We may mention that an arrangement was come to for the return of Sir J. H. Williams with Col. Trevor, but a misunder- standing arose in Llandilo, and plumpers were given for Trevor and Adams, and Sir James lost the seat. Lord Dynevor, who was afterwards returned with Mr John Jones, of Ystrad, kept his seat until 1852, when, on the death of his father, he was raised to the Upper House. A few years afterwards his constituents presented him with a testimonial in recognition of his long and useful public services. The testimonial, at Lord Dynevor's request, as- sumed the form of a life-size portrait, by Lucas, which was formally presented to him at a public meeting in Llandilo, by Sir John Mansel, who spoke in the name of the subscribers, referring in laudatory terms to the public life of the noble lord and to his many charities. His lordship held for some years a captaincy in the Carmarthenshire Yeomanry, of which his father was Colonel. On the decease of Lord Cawdor (grandfather of the present Earl) the then Lord Dynevor became Lord-Lieutenant of Car- marthenshire, and Colonel Commadant of the County Militia, when the subject of this notice was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel, and continued unt I 1852, when, on the decease of his father, he became Colonel-Commandant of the regiment, but the Lord- Lieutenancy was conferred on the late Earl of Cawdor. Lord Dynevor held the colonelcy for many years afterwards. It was expected that he would have been made Lord Lieutenant, notwthstanding the party in power at the time; and it was said that in recognition of his services for many years as Vice-Lieutenant Her Majesty the Queen appointed him one of her aides- de-camp. It was during the Rebecca Riots he was first appointed Vice-Lieutenant. He was active in suppressing the riots. His personal influence was found of immense service. He gave himself up to the duties that devolved upon him, making every- thing su bordinate to the restoration of peace and good will between the authorities and an aggrieved people. It is hardly possible to say how much the country owes Lord Dynevor in this matter. His lordship's taste was decidedly military. In contour and general bearing he seemed born to command. He took a warm interest, at first in the Yeomanry, and afterwards in the Militia,—an interest far beyond that which might have been expected from him. He evidently loved the work for its own sake. In politics he was a Conserva- tive in the truest sense of the word. Indeed, before the passing of the Reform Bill, he delighted in the good old name of Tory. He was attached to the Conservative party, and could always be depended upon as an uncompromising supporter of constitutionalism in its widest sense. As we have seen, he retired rather than sacrifice his opinions to the wishes of his constituents on Reform. Still he rejoiced in the support of all parties on other than political grounds. An in- spection of the poll book in the severest contest through which he passed would at once make this plain. He was personally so popular with the electors, that many of them could not find it in their heart to vote against him, however much they differed from him on the leading political questions of the day. Those who re- member the contests in which he engaged, must know that his success was attributable as much to personal regard as to political partizan- ship. Notwithstanding the hauteur in his lord ship's demeanour to strangers, he was unassuming and even captivating to his friends and supporters, and indeed to all whom he knew of whatever grade. He certainly had the power of charming, not so much by word as in his manner. In the discharge of his magisterial duties he was punctual, painstaking, and uniformly dignified, and never by word or gesture assumed superiority on the Bench or at Quarter Sessions. As a land- lord, he was exceptionally generous-ever ready and ever willing to extend indulgence again and again to the distressed or unfortunate. Indeed, Lord Dynevor almost appears to have held his noble estate for the benefit of his tenantry, we should have said a devoted tenantry. In matters of general benevolence it would be impossible to recount his deeds. He gave away every year the half of a princely revenue in numberless charities. His open-handed gifts extended to all. Public charities, the Church, the Dissenting chapel, the Schools, all partook freely. And the giving was to him a pleasure. When friends expostulated and would have tempered his passion for giving, he would ask them why he should not do so, and reminding them that he had enough for all his wants, he would ingenuously remark that it was impossible to resist the importunities for help that reached him from all quarters. With the noble Lord ends the direct line, trace- able from the earliest historical period of Wales- from the Kings of Reged, through Sir Rhys ap Thomas, to our own day. The attainder wrongly suffered by Griffith ab Rhys, in the reign of Henry VIII., deprived the family of its princely possessions in South Wales, which were appropriated by Henry and given to his own creatures. Mary, in her mercy, restored the comparatively trifling portion, which possibly forms the present estate to the family of Gruffydd. Mr George Rice, of Newton, grandfather of the deceased Baron, a Privy Councillor, and Lord-Lieutenant of the county, married Cecil, third daughter of Earl Talbot. On the death of Mr Rice, Earl Talbot was created Baron Dynevor, with remainder to his daughter (Mrs Rice), who upon the death of her father became Baroness Dynevor, and took the names and arms of De Cardonnel, which name has since been discontinued. The present Lord took the name of Trevor, to- gether with the estate in Bedfordshire. In default of male issue the barony devolves upon the Rev Francis William Rice, son of the Hon. and very Rev Edward Rice, Dean of Gloucester, born May 10th 1804. He was appointed to the living of Fairford, Gloucestershire, in 1827. He married first, in 1830, Harriet Ives, daughter of the late Mr Daniel Raymond Barker, which lady died in 1853 and secondly in November, 1856, Amelia, eldest daughter of the Rev Henry Carnegie Knox.



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