Jump to…

Hawarden Castle.

Near Mold, Flintshire.—Gladstone.

In the olden times here was a stronghold of the Saxons, arid at the date of the Conquest it was in the hands of

Edwin, King of Deira.

It was then comprehended in the grant made to

Lupus, and was afterwards held under the tenure of Seneschalship by the family of

Montalt, or de Monte Alto.

In after times, in the wars between the Welsh and the English, it more than once had a change of owners, and, among others of these, one was

David, the Welsh Prince, but after his death on the scaffold, it went, through various other possessors, to the family of

Stanley, by whom it was held till the time of the Civil War, when the castle suffered seriously more than once, and on the beheading of the then Earl of Derby in the fight at Worcester in 1651, it was bought by

Mr. Serjeant Glynne, who afterwards attained the dignity of Lord Chief Justice. His subsequent successor,

Sir John Glynne, rebuilt the house, on a new site, of plain brick, in 1752, and it was further altered, and cased with stone in the castellated style, in the year 1819, by the then proprietor. On the death of the last of the family,

Sir Stephen Richard Glynne, Baronet, the estate went, by the marriage of his eldest daughter, to that of


John Gladstones, of Toft-Combes, near Biggar, Lanarkshire, married Janet Aitken. Their son,

Thomas Gladstones, of Leith, married Helen, daughter of Walter Neilson, Esq., of Springfield, and died in 1809. His eldest son,

Sir John Gladstone, born December 11th., 1701, dropped the final s in his name by Royal Licence, February 10th., 1835, and was created a Baronet, June 27th., 1816. He married, in 1792, Jane, daughter of Joseph Hall, Esq., of Liverpool, which lady died in 1798. He married, secondly, April 29th., 1800, Anne, daughter of Andrew Robertson, Provost of Dingwall, in Rosshire, and died in December, 1851, having had four sons and two daughters. The fourth son,

The Right Honourable William Ewart Gladstone, P.C., D.C.L., M.A. of Christ Church, Oxford, born December 29th., 1809, was appointed, after having filled several other minor offices, Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1845, Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1852, and again in 1859, First Lord of the Treasury from 1868 to 1874, and again, as also Chancellor of the Exchequer, in 1880, having been succes- sively M.P. for Newark, for the University of Oxford, for South Lancashire, Greenwich, and Midlothian. He married, July 25th., 1839, Catherine, eldest daughter and heiress of Sir Stephen Richard Glynne, Baronet, of Hawarden Castle, and had four sons and four daughters, the eldest son being

William Henry Gladstone, M.A., M.P. for Whitby, and afterwards for East Worcestershire, 1880, a Lord of the Treasury from 1869 to 1874, born June 3rd., 1840, married, September 30th., 1875, the Honourable Gertrude Stuart, youngest .daughter of Lord Blantyre.

Read more at Wikipedia »


Explore larger map with satellite imagery »

« Back to all illustrations

Unique posters

Decorate your walls with a complete collection.

Illustrations have been compiled into unique displays of similarity, sets, maps, and more.

Posters »

Original scans