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Descendants of William Barlow (ca1560 - 1636)

See the Barlows of Slebech for the previous lineage.

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John Barlow (ca1526-c1610), d. 25th Dec 1610, of Slebech, in the county of Pembroke, who wedded Elizabeth, daughter of John Fisher, esq. and had sons George and William. It is William who commenced the Lawrenny line.

  1. George Barlow - see Barlows of Slebech
  2. William Barlow (ca1560 - 1636)

William Barlow ba 1560 Pembroke, died 7 Mar 16361, buried Lawrenny2
William Barlow of Cresswell was the first to own Lawrenny. He was High Sheriff in 1612.
m. Elizabeth daughter of John Price (ap Rice).

  1. Lewis Barlow (1621 - 6 Aug 1681)1
  2. Thomas Barlow (ca1623 - 14 Apr 1638) of Cresswell, Pembroke1
  3. Elizabeth Barlow (ca1625 - ) of Cresswell, Pembroke1
  4. Margaret Barlow (ca1627 - ) of Cresswell, Pembroke1

Lewis Barlow b. 1621 of Creswell, Pembroke, death 6 Aug 16811
Lewis Barlow of Cresswell and Lawrenny was High Sheriff in 1641 and 16682.
m. Mary Owen of Lawrenny, Pembroke abt 1646
Eldest daughter of John Owen of Orielton, Pembroke
Mentioned in husband's will 1681.

  1. John Barlow (ba1647 - 15 Mar 1700)
    Will 04 Aug 1680 Chriswillim, Pembroke
  2. Rowland Barlow ba 1654 of Lawrenny, Pembroke
    Will 04 Aug 1680 Chriswillim, Pembroke
    Will 20 Feb 1693 Lawrenny, Pembroke
    Witness to brother's will c1700
    Mentioned in father's will 16814
  3. Arthur Barlow ba 1652 of Lawrenny, Pembroke
    Will 04 Aug 1680 Chriswillim, Pembroke
    Mentioned in father's will 16814
    Will 20 Feb 1693 Lawrenny, Pembroke
    Arthur may have migrated to Ireland.
  4. Lettice Barlow ba 1654 of Lawrenny, Pembroke
    Will 04 Aug 1680 Chriswillim, Pembroke
    Mentioned in father's will 16814
    Will 26 Oct 1690 Bonvill Court, Pembroke
  5. Anne Barlow
    Mentioned in father's will 16814
  6. Dorothy Barlow
    Mentioned in father's will 16814
  7. Mary Barlow
    Wife of ? Bowen
    Mentioned in father's will 16814
  8. Other issue
    D. v.p.

John Barlow (ca1647 - ) of Lawrenny
Eldest son and heir.
Mentioned in father's will 1681
High Sheriff of Co. Pembroke 16862
Will proved 15th March 1700-1, PCC4

  1. John Barlow ba 1675/1676 Lawrenny Pembroke, Death 30 Jan 1718 London1
  2. William Barlow
    2nd son. Had lands in East Williamston in the Parish of Begelly, Co. Pemb. under father's will4.
  3. Stephen Barlow
    Mentioned in father's will4.
  4. Elizabeth Barlow
    Mentioned in grandfather's will4.

Lettice Barlow (ba 1654) of Lawrenny, Pembroke
m. William Jones of Bonville’s Court who died without issue in July 1690.
According to Major Francis Jones in The Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their families, “His widow, Lettice Barlow from Creswell, was so deeply grieved, that in the following year she cut her throat with a knife and so died".
Lettice Barlow alias Johns of Bonvill Court made her will 26 Oct 1690 but it was not proven until 3rd April 1761. The will refers to her brother Arthur Barlow as the main beneficiary but he would have been dead by 1761 and everything was left to Hugh Barlow.

John Barlow ba 1675/1676 Lawrenny Pembroke, Death 30 Jan 1718 London1
Eldest son and heir
Executor of father's will 1700-1
High Sheriff for Co. Pembroke in 1705
MP for Haverfordwest2
Died in London 30th Jan 1718.
Will proved 20th March 1717-18, P.C.C
m. Anne Owen (b.1683 of Pentybarch, Pembroke, died 1730 Lawrenny, Pembroke) abt 1701 Pembroke1
Daughter of Sir Hugh Owen, 2nd Baronet, of Orielton2.
Proved her husband's will 1718.
Following the death of her husband in 1718 Anne Barlow married the Hon. Thomas Cornwallis at St Margaret Westminster in 1723. The 1732 Will of Anne Cornwallis verifies she was the widow of John Barlow of Lawrenny. All the children are named except John (who perhaps had died young)3.

  1. Lewis Barlow ba 1702 Pembroke1 burial 22 Oct 1737
  2. Hugh Barlow (ba 1704 - 29 Nov 1763) Pembroke1
  3. Anne Barlow ba 1706 Pembroke1
  4. Arthur Barlow ba 1708 Pembroke1 Will 1761 Bonville’s Court, Pembroke
  5. Thomas Barlow ba 1710 Pembroke1
  6. Elizabeth Barlow ba 1712 Pembroke1
  7. Dorothy Barlow ba 1714 Pembroke1
  8. Katherine Barlow ba 1716 Lawrenny Pembroke1
  9. John Barlow b 26 Mar 1718 Lawrenny Pembroke1

Lewis Barlow
Eldest son.
Executor of his father's will 1716.
Buried at Lawrenny 22nd Oct 1737
s.p. (without offspring)

Hugh Barlow ba 1704 (or 1709) Pembroke, burial 29 Nov 1763 Lawrenny Pembroke
The last male generation of the Barlows, Hugh Barlow died without issue and is buried in the Parish Church2.
m. Elizabeth Owen, daughter of Sir Arthur Owen of Orielton in 1735. This was Elizabeth's second marriage.
Sir Arthur Owen had married his cousin Anne, daughter of Charles Owen of Great Nash, from which marriage came the last baronet of Orielton, Colonel Arthur, Governor of Pendennis Castle in 1759, and Elizabeth.
Elizabeth lived at Lawrenny till her death and was buried 31st Dec 1788 at Lawrenny with Hugh Barlow2.

Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition contains a daughter Catherine Barlow (ca1737 of Lawrenny Hall, Pembroke). She married Sir William Hamilton, KB, PC (13 Dec 1730 – 6 Apr 1803), on 25 January 1758. Hamilton was Britain's ambassador to the court of Naples from 1764 - 1800. They had no children and she died on 25 Aug 1782 at Napoli Italy.

Anne Barlow ba 1706
m. Wyrriot Owen eldest son of Charles Owen of Great Nash 7th Dec 1725.
Their son Hugh Owen succeeded to Lawrenny, and took the surname Barlow in 1789. He sat for the Pembroke boroughs for 34 years continuously up to his death in 1809. He had inherited one undivided third of Lawrenny under the will of his mother's brother, Hugh Barlow, the last of the Barlows of Lawrenny, and M.P. for Pembroke in 1747 and 1754; by his will, dated 31st October 1805, he devised Nash and his share in Lawrenny to his widow, Anne (who survived until 1844), for life, with remainder to his relation, William Owen of the Temple (afterwards the eighth baronet), with ultimate remainder to John Lort Phillips, a captain in the Carmarthenshire Fusiliers. John Lort Phillips was the pro- genitor of the well-known Pembrokeshire family of that name ; he was the son of George Phillips, M.D., of Haverfordwest, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Lort of Prickeston in Castlemartin (the last of the Lorts) , and of Dorothy Barlow of Lawrenny, sister of the testator's mother."

Arthur Barlow ba 1708
3rd son. Mentioned in father's will 1716.

Thomas Barlow
4th son. Mentioned in father's will 1716.

Dorothy Barlow ba 1714
Mentioned in father's will 1716.
m. John Lort of Pricaston in 17421 at Haroldston, Co. Pembroke

  1. Elizabeth Lort
    Elizabeth Lort married in 1767 George Phillips, MP., of Haverfordwest, and their descendants ultimately succeeded to Lawrenny, namely the Lort-Phillips family who continue to own it to this day.

John Barlow
Baptised at Lawrenny 26th March 1718.

Migration of Arthur Barlow to Ireland

There is overwhelming evidence that an Arthur Barlow from the Slebech branch migrated to Ireland.

e.g. from 'Barlow Family Records by Sir Montague Barlow'4

Pedigree No. 13, P. 48.—Miss Eva D. G. Barlow, (Eva Dorothea Grace Barlow) of Lawrenny, Walton-by-Clevedon, Somerset, sends particulars of her ancestors, beginning with an Arthur Barlow who settled in Ireland, apparently before 1750, and who, according to family tradition, came from the Slebetch Branch. Much information as to the pedigrees of Irish families has been destroyed during the Revolution, and so far it has not been possible to find confirmation of this connection with Slebetch ; it is, however, significant that in February, 1625, William Barlowe, Esq. (Pedigree No. 13), had a warrant for the payment of £10 " for the press of 100 footmen, and their conduct from Pembroke to Milford Haven for service in Ireland," and a son or relative of his may therefore have settled there ; Hist. MSS. Commission, Rep. No. IV., App., p. 4.

There are two candidates - Arthur Barlow son of Lewis Barlow and Arthur Barlow son of John Barlow.

It is most likely to be the former since William Barlow had a warrant to send a force to Ireland and it is very likely that a relative would have discharged this duty. The latter as best as can be determined did not marry and produced no heirs.

See Counsellor Barlow of Ireland for the continuation.


Tourists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries have much to say about Lawrenny. In 1798 Shrine wrote, ‘This place (Lawrenny), much improved by the taste of its present owner, Mr. Barlow, may justly be called the finest in Pembrokeshire, both from its internal decoration and its commanding position at the extremity of a high ridge clothed with thick woods’; Barber, in 1803, says much the same; and Fenton in 1811, notes, ‘Lawrenny, the charming seat of Hugh Barlow Esq., MP for Pembroke, where he lives for at least seven months of the year . . . He boasts a park well stocked with venison, extensive and well managed hot-houses, and has the command of fish.’ The house, though of that unpicturesque species of building peculiar to this country about a century ago, a tall cube, and in its external as to form not much entitled to admiration, yet is within disposed of with much taste and convenience, and is well connected with its offices; and from the breakfasting-room you walk into a neat conservatory well furnished with rare plants.’

On 3 June 1809 a notice read, ‘To be let, Lawrenny-Hall (late residence of Hugh Barlow, Esq., deceased)’, with, on the ground floor, a spacious dining parlour, drawing room, breakfast parlour communicating by a glass door with a conservatory, a library, commodious kitchen, steward’s room, housekeeper’s room, servants’ hall, cellars, and other offices; on the first floor, four bedchambers with dressing rooms; on the second floor, seven bedchambers with three dressing rooms, and a store-room; in the attic storey, ten bedchambers; also coach-houses, stables, walled gardens, hot houses, pleasure grounds, paddock, park, and demesne lands, in all about 388 acres. In 1840, S. Lewis writes, ‘Lawrenny Hall, the ancient seat of the late Hugh Barlow Esq. . . . and now a ruin. This fine estate is entailed on the family of Lort-Phillips of Haverfordwest’. The historian, Burke, states in 1858 that the original house ‘Has lately been pulled down, and another is in the course of being created by Mr. Phillips in the castellated style’. This was George Lort-Phillips, M.P., whose family had inherited the property. This large towered and turreted mansion, typical of the mid 19th century, known as Lawrenny Castle, remained until 1950 when it was demolished. The family continued to live there and to contribute to public life – J. F. Lort-Phillips was High Sheriff in 1880, Lt. Col. Patrick Lort Phillips in 1954, and David Lort-Phillips in 1983. Mr. David Lort-Phillips, the present owner of the estate, lives at nearby Knowles Farm, a commodious farmstead.


Agreement by Thomas Carew to lease to Hugh Barlow of Lawrenny, Pembroke, a coney warren and a house called Waste Williamston Park with liberty to dig for limestone, 1758.
Sir William Owen of Orielton, Pembroke, Bt. and Thomas Kymer of Roleston Hall, esq.
Elizabeth, widow of Hugh Barlow of Lawrenny, Pembroke, esq.
Assignment of the remainder of a lease of 1758 for Owen and Kymer to work 9 existing limestone quarries and to dig another quarry at Williamston in Carew, 1777, with a note of an agreement with Thomas Rogers of Williamston, 1790.


  1. IGI
  2. Francis Jones Historic Houses of Pembrokeshire and their Families
  3. Lefayre Palmer
  4. Barlow Family Records by Sir Montague Barlow

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