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 Browse through the area's historical events.
Discover when the outbreaks of cholera occurred, when gas lighting was installed, how the town's streets developed,
read about tragic shipping disasters around Penmon, and much more.

Read about the Bulkeley family
and find out who worked there during the census years

Many Beaumaris families have links with Penmon. Read about them here.

People share their family memories of the town.

 Details of those who are listed in the electoral roll 




 Here are the views of the imposing Courthouse at Beaumaris, as you walk around the building.

It is situated in the square just across the road from Beaumaris Castle.

The Great Sessions were held here from 1614.


in 1880

1880 August 9th - BEAUMARIS COURT CASES.
Of Goodman Roberts, Wexham Street, parish Beaumaris, at Beaumaris for stealing ferns and primroses from Sir Richard L. M. Williams-Bulkeley. Ordered that Goodman Roberts pay to James McDonald £1 plus 9/- costs within 14 days or be imprisoned at Carnarvon for 14 days. 
Henry Bromley, also of Wexham Street was similarly fined for the same offence.
Goodman Roberts was a brother to my great grandfather, Charles Goodman Roberts, Cae Merddyn, Caim. KD

Beaumaris Court's Dock
 awaiting the arrival of Goodman Roberts

Goodman's view from the Court Dock at the hearing. 

".....and the case for the prosecution is......."

Be it remembered,
That on the 8th day of May in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty, in the Parish of Beaumaris, in the Borough of Beaumaris, Goodman Roberts of Wexham Street in the Parish of Beaumaris in the said Borough, is convicted before the undersigned one of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace in and for the said Borough of Beaumaris within Six Calendar Months next before the laying of Information wheron this Conviction is found to wit on the 30th day of April lat, at the Parish of Beaumaris in the said Borough did unlawfully (a) steal certain plants and roots to cut Ferns and primroses of the Value of  the property of Sir R. L. M. Williams Bulkeley Baronet of Baron Hill in the said Borough the growing in a certain pleasure of the said Sir R. R. L. M. Williams Bulkeley there situate contrary to the Form of the Statute in such Case made and provided : And the said Justice adjudge the said Goodman Roberts and I adjudge the said Goodman Roberts to pay to James McDonald the Sum of One pound to be paid according to Law and nine shillings for his Costs in this behalf; and if the said Sums be not paid within fourteen day I order that the Sum be levied by Distress and Sale of the Goods and Chattels of the said Goodman Roberts and in default of sufficient Distress in that behalf I adjudge that the said Goodman Roberts be imprisoned in the Prison at Carnarvon for the space of fourteen days unless the said Sums shall be sooner paid.

Given under my Hand and Seal the day and year first above-mentioned at Beaumaris in the Borough aforesaid
J. L. Harrington Lewis

(Information kindly supplied by Ann Lane)


Other convictions

Joseph Carter, 30 was tried at Beaumaris on a charge of larceny and was convicted to deportaion to Australia for four years.

William Jones 39, was convicted at Beaumaris and found guilty of house breaking. He was sentenced to deportation for 4 years to Australia

1866; Saw  William Thomas accused of stealing 32 sovereigns, the property of farmer William Jones of Cefn mawr uchaf, in the parish of Newborough. Jones stated that he left a purse containing the sovereigns in a chest of drawers in the siambr. When he found it missing he suspected Thomas, who occasionally called at the house when it was unoccupied to leave letters. A search of Thomas's house revealed a purse containing 16 sovereigns and some silver. The accused was represented by a solicitor who cross-examined the deponents at length.
The accused said "I reserve my defence". Robert Williams of Malltraeth, was the police sergeant in the case

1868; The Reverend Henry Harries Davies of Trosymarian, in the parish of Llangoed, was found guilty of poaching. He was ordered to pay £2 forthwith or be imprisoned in Beaumaris House of Correction for two months hard labour.

1867; Not all cases heard in the Court were bad. In a Memorandum of Recognizance, was made to Edward Williams of Caim, Penmon, a labourer, for the good behaviour of Mary Williams especially towards Margaret, the wife of Joseph Jones of Cae'r Merddyn, labourer, for six months. Joseph Jones was my great great grandfather. KD. 

1870; William Jones, Chapel Street, Newborough, a labourer, was ordered to keep the peace, especially towards Mary, the wife of Robert Roberts, a labourer from Penlan, Newborough

1871; John Jones was accused of stealing 29 oysters from the Baron Hill Oyster Fishery, the property of Sir Richard Williams Bulkeley, Baronet. Others involved were oyster catchers Hugh Jones and Henry Jones, the latter from Beaumaris.
John Jones, in a statement said, "It wouldn't have happened if we had been properly paid, I have been dredging for three weeks and have received nothing"

1871; William Rowlands appeared before the magistrates for stealing timber from farmer Samuel Owen, TynyCoed, Newborough. The witnesses for the defence were Richard Hughes timber worker, James Rowlands, sailor, and John Rowlands, sailor, brother of accused.

1880; A complaint was issued against Humphrey Jones of Caim, by Lewis Morris, Llangoed, on behalf of the Bangor & Beaumaris School Attendance Committee, that Jones habitually neglected to provide instruction for his daughters Margaret and Elizabeth, by them not attending the National School, Penmon.

1880; Similarly, Lewis Morris raised a complaint against Owen Williams, also of Caim, that Williams habitually neglected to provide instruction for his children Elizabeth and Owen Morris Willaims, by them not attending the National School, Penmon.

1880; Richard Staples was ordered to pay 6d plus 4/6 to the informant, for the non attendance at school of his daughter Margaret.

1881; Richard Williams was ordered to pay 1/- for the non attendance of his children at school.

1880. Hugh Parry was ordered to pay £25 plus 10/6 costs, or to be imprisoned at common gaol Carnarvon  for 3 months hard labour. He had continued in charge of the "Great Emperor" passenger steamer in waters where a qualified pilot was required. He had refused to five charge Owen Roberts, who was a qualified pilot.
James Burke, who navigated the "Great Emperor", was ordered to pay £50 plus 10/6 costs, or be imprisoned at common gaol Carnarvon for 3 months hard labour. As master of the vessel, HE failed to have a qualified pilot on board, in water where one was required. 

1881; Reverend Hugh Davies Owen was ordered to pay 1/- plus 9/- costs for letting his chimney catch fire.

1881; Sarah Pratt was ordered to pay 1/- plus 8/- costs for letting her chimney catch fire.

1881; Richard Evans and Edward Roberts were imprisoned at Carnarvon Prison for 14 days hard labour, for begging.

1881; William Owen, Town's End, Beaumaris was ordered to pay 2/6 plus 8/6 costs for destroying part of a tree on the private grounds of Sir R.L.N.Williams Bulkeley. 

1881; Evan Evans was ordered to pay 5/- plus 9/6 costs to Inspector Warren, for being cruel to a horse. Non compliance would result in 14 day hard labour at Carnarvon gaol.

1881; Inspector Edward Hughes brought a case against Willaim Fraser, Plas Llanfair for not keeping a dangerous dog under control.  Fraser was ordered to keep the dog under control.

1881; John Ellis was ordered to pay 10/- plus 9/6 costs for keeping a dog without a license, or be imprisoned at Carnarfon gaol for 14 days hard labour.

1881; Charlotte Ienne was ordered to pay 5/- plus 9/6 costs for keeping a dog without a license.

1881; William Stanley was ordered to pay 5/- plus 9/6 costs for keeping a dog without a license.

1881; David Perchard was ordered to pay 5/- plus 9/6 costs for keeping a dog without a license or be imprisoned at Carnarfon gaol for 14 days hard labour.

1881; Hugh Jones, New Street Beaumaris appeared for not supporting his wife, Alice Jones. He was orderd to pay 3/6 per week to her for as long as she was unable to work. 

1881; Hugh Bromley was ordered to keep the peace, especially towards Edward Owen, Chancery House, Castle Street, Beaumaris for 6 months.

1881 - the following were convicted for being drunk. Fines plus costs and the Police Officers involved are detailed.
Failure to pay would result in 14 days hard labour at Carnarvon gaol.

Sergeant John Jones' cases;
William Roberts, £1 plus 8/6 
Ellen Jones £1 plus 9/6
Richard Jones 5/- plus 8/-
James Hughes 1/- plus 9/6 (no gaol)
John Beauchope 5/- plus 10/6
John Roberts 1/- plus 9/6
George Roberts 2/6 plus 9/6
John Roberts 1/- plus 4/6 (no gaol)
David Lloyd 1/- plus costs (7 days)


Police Constable (P.C. No 10)
William Jones' cases;

Henry Roberts 10/- plus 9/6
John Hughes 1/- plus 8/6 (7 days)
Martin Gallagher 1/- plus 8/6 (no gaol)

No Police offer stated;
John Thomas 10/- plus 8/6 (January)
John Thomas 10/- plus 8/6 (March)
Hugh Roberts 10/- plus 8/6
Thomas Williams 2/6 plus 3/6 (no gaol)
John Williams 1/- plus 8/6. (7 days)
Jane Parry 2/6 plus 9/6
Thomas Hughes 5/- plus 4/6
Henry Marinel 2/- plus 8/6
William Jones 20/- plus 11/6 (one month)
Jane Parry 5/- plus 9/6
John Bowers 2/6 plus 8/6.
Bowers also assaulted and beat
Police Sergeant John Jones
10/- plus 8/6 costs
Margaret Pritchard 1/- plus 9/6
Evan Hughes 2/6 costs only
John Anderton 1/- plus 9/6 (7 days)
Holland Williams 2/- plus 11/6 (no gaol)
John Roberts 1/- plus 9/6 (no gaol)
Griffith Hughes 1/- plus 8/6 (7 days)
James Hughes 1/- plus 8/6 (no gaol)
John Ellis junior 2/- plus 9/6
Thomas Staples 2/6 plus 8/6
John Williams 1/- plus 8/6 (7 days)
George Roberts 2/6 plus 8/6

1881; Joseph Cavana was also convicted of being drunk and was ordered to pay 2/6 plus 9/6 costs or be imprisoned at Carnarfon Court for 14 days hard labour, but it didn't end there!
He was convicted for assaulting and beating Joseph Moran and ordered to pay 5/- plus an unspecified sum for costs, and.......
Joseph Moran was ordered to pay 5/- plus an unspecified amount to Joseph Cavana for assulting him!

1881; Richard Williams of Penhwnllys was ordered to pay 5/- plus 7/6 costs or be imprisoned at Carnarvon for 14 days hard labour, for driving a cart without the owners name on it.

1881; Richard Williams was ordered to pay 2/6 plus 6/6 costs for driving a cart without reins.

And finally...........
1881; Hugh Owen of Fedw Bach. Llangoed was ordered to pay 2/6 plus 9/6 costs, for letting his ass stray on a highway.


William Murphy was a retired corporal with Royal Anglesey Engineers and was probably an Irishman. He spoke no Welsh.
He was committed for trial at Beaumaris on the 26th January 1910, for the murder of a married woman, Gwen Ellen Jones.
The jury took just three minutes to find him guilty.
Executioner Pierrepoint put an end to Murphy's life at Caernarfon Castle, where he was imprisoned after the trial.


William Murphy
(click here to read more)


Click here for a very informative tour of the Gaolhouse

A passageway at the back of Beaumaris Gaol

Photo and text copyright Eric Jones and licensed
for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Beaumaris Gaol was designed by Joseph Hansom, of "Hansom cab" fame and built in 1829. It was later expanded in 1867.
It served as the jail for the whole of the Island of Anglesey.
There were two executions at the gaol, those of William Griffith for the attempted murder of his wife and of Richard Rowlands (Dic Rolant) for the murder of his father in law.
With his dying breath Dic cursed the clock of St Mary and St Nicholas Church.
The prison was closed in 1878.
It then served as the town's police station.


Edward Owen 30, labourer, convict, Anglesey
Samuel Hughes 65, farmer, debtor, Anglesey
Hugh Jones 65, labourer, debtor, Anglesey
Robert Jones 55, farmer, debtor, Anglesey
Thomas Taylor 30, stable groom, debtor, England

Griffith David 45, labourer, convict, Caernarvonshire
Edward Jones 15, labourer, convict, Anglesey
Ann Williams or Edwards 15, no trade, convict, Anglesey
click here to read about Ann, of Llanfechell
on the Menter Mechell History Society

Elizabeth Hayne 50, no trade, convict, Anglesey

The jailer at that time was Hugh Jones 55,
his wife Elin was 50 and son John 15, lived with them.


 Robert Owen, 49, Lead miner, born Dolgelley
George Williams, 35, Mariner, Nevin
Richard Pugh, 33, Farm labourer, Machynlleth
John Wight, 32, Mariner, Pwllheli
Alexander Gough, 30, Coal miner, Northumberland
William Wright, 27, Boat man, Galston, Norfolk 
James Smith, 27, Bricklayer's labourer, Riley, Middlesex
William Roberts, 27, Mariner, Holyhead, 
William King, 26, Miner copper & lead, Whitley, Yorkshire
William Jones, 26 Stone miner, Llanedian
Willaim Thompson, 25, Stone miner, Wolverhampton
George Robins, 25, Mariner, St Martin
Thomas Smith, 22, Farm labourer, Ireland
John Roberts, 21, Stone miner, Holyhead
Charles Boyten Hempin, 21, Law student, Ireland

George Gwynne, 20, Mariner, Swansea
Robert Roberts, 20, Copper miner, Holywell
William Williams, 19, Shoe maker, Newborough
John Pury, 19, Pedlar Earthenware, Dolgelley
William Williams, 18, Railway labourer, Llandegai
RRichard Morris, 18, Post boy, Bangor
Richard Williams, 16, Stoker, Caernarvonshire
William Williams, 13, Joiner, Anglesea

John Jones, 39 was Governor of the County Gaol, born Liverpool
His mother, Margaret Jones, 59 was the Matron of the Gaol, Llaneilian 
His sister Martha Jones 28 was the Assistant Matron, Liverpool
Also in the household were;
his father John Jones, 70, a Retired Mariner, Caernarvonshire,
 his widowed sister Margaret Rankin 30 born Liverpool
and brother William Jones, 23 a mariner, born Liverpool.



(Only Prisoner's initials are recorded on the census)
C.W., 36, Laundress, born Merionethshire
T.M., 20, Mariner, America
J.R., 21, Agricultural labourer, Llantrisant
W.B., 32, Boots at Hotel, Wrexham
R.R., 39, Saddler, Carlisle
J. J.,53,  Agricultural labourer, Llanbabo
H.J., 27, Agricultural labourer, Llanfaethlu
W.O., 59, Agricultural  labourer, Llangoed

Governor of the Gaol was John Jones, 49, born Spool, Llancs.
Matron was his mother, Margaret Jones 69, Llaneilian
Assistant Matron was his sister Charlotte Jones, 31, Spool
John's father, also a John Jones 80, was a mariner, Llangwnan
Nephew John Hughes , 7 also lived at the Gaol, Menai Bridge
Lewis Edwards, 31 was a servant, Llanfihangel 


Margaret Jones, Edward Parry, John Prichard
Richard Rowlands, M. Williams, John Jones
Jonathan Hughes, William Naylor, Hugh Roberts

Beaumaris Gaol Visitors Book
(click here to see the visitors book, and discover who visited.)


Richard Bromley, 35, Labourer, born Beaumaris
Hugh Hughes, 38, Shoemaker, Llannerchymedd
James Farrier, 19, Groom, Ireland
Robert Roberts, 71, Blackmith, Llanllyfni
Roger Morgan, 19, Labourer, Ireland
Daniel Phillips, 23, Soldier, Ellesmerre
Joseph Davies, 27, Tramp, Macclesfield
Mary Pritchard, 25, Tramp, Llanddeiniolen
Margaret Jones 27, Amlwch
Mary Davies 19, Nevin
Elizabeth Edwards, 15, Servant, Beaumaris
Governor of the Gaol was Oliver Jones, 35, born Llangefni.
Matron was Charlotte Jones 38, Llaneilian
John Williams, 35, was a warder, 35, Beaumaris
Jane Lipia Morgans, 15, general servant, Beaumaris
John Hughes 17, warder, Menai Bridge 


Person in Charge

William Jones, 39, Police Constable, Llansantffraid Glan Conwy
Elizabeth Jones, 29, wife, Llanrisant

John Jones, 38, Police Sergeant, Llangeinwen
Catherine Jones, 39, wife, Llanfihangel
William Jones, 15, Holyhead
Joseph Jones, 10, Holyhead
JohnJones,6, Holyhead
Catherine Williams, 7, visitor, Holyhead


Thomas Jones, 37, Police Sergeant, Llanfachraeth
Elizabeth Jones, 40, wife, Llanfair ynghornwy
Thomas Jones, 14, mariner, Holyhead
Christmas Jones, 12, Llanfechell
Samuel Jones, 10, Amlwch
John P. Jones, 8, Amlwch
Mary C. Jones, 3, Amlwch



Thomas Hughes, 36, Police Sergeant, Llangadog
Catherine Hughes, 33, wife, Liverpool
Margaret Hughes, 5, Llannerchymedd
Violet C. Hughes, 4, Llanerchymedd
John Hughes, 1, Beaumaris

David Jones, 48, Police Constable, Llanrhaeadr
Elizabeth E. Jones, 43, Holyhead
Owen E. Jones, 14, Baker bread, Tregele 

The end
The condemned man's last step was through this door.....

on the end of a rope.......... in front of a large crowd.
It only happened on two occasions in Beaumaris,
to Richard Rowlands and William Griffith.

(Dic Rolant)

Richard Rowlands was found guilty of the murder of his father in law, Richard Williams on Friday 1st November 1861 at Llanfaethlu and was sentenced to death. His public execution was the the last to be carried out at Beaumaris gaol, in April 1862.
He was allowed several visitors including relatives and ministers of religion  who actually came and prayed with him.
The ministers included Rev William Hughes, on the 24th to the 29th and 31st March 1862, and the 1st, to the 4th of April.
On the 2nd April, several members of his family were ordered to visit Richard Rowlands by ther Rev. D. Jones. These were his wife, Ellen Rowlands of Llanddeusant, brothers Hugh and John from Rallt and Thomas from Gamog, son Hugh from Rallt and nephews (?) Roberts of Gonglwyd and William Roberts of Henblas.
The Rev D. Jones had visited Rowlands earlier that day with Rev W. Hughes and Rev. W. Davies.
Attending to pray with him on the 3rd April were the Reverends W. Davies, three times and both W. Hughes and W. Thomas, twice.
The last day Richard Rowlands received visitors was the 4th April, 1862. They were the Reverend W. Davies and W. Hughes.
He met his end at the gallows at 8 o'clock in the morning, refusing to admit to the murder.


Dic Rolant, Llanrhyddlad
(click here to read the full story)

Beaumaris Gaol

I am a researcher for
The One Show
on BBC Network.

We are interested in doing a short film about Beaumaris Gaol.

I was wondering if you have any contacts for relatives of
Richard Rowlands, executed at the gaol in 1862, or
John Morris, who escaped from the jail in 1859.

I'd really appreciate your help.
Best wishes, Letitia Fitzpatrick
27th July 2013

If you can help Letitia, she can be contacted via


William Griffith was condemned to death for the attempted murder of his wife in April 1830 and was the first to be hanged at the then new gaol at Beaumaris.
Many attending the hanging the felt that William should not have been hanged as his wife was not actually killed. 


William Griffith
(click here to read more)

Connection with Caernarfon and Ruthin Gaols

Edward Parry Jones
(Edward Penlan)
1846 - 1917

Your site is really very beautiful, with lots of excellent information.
I as looking at page 32. trying to see anything related to my family tree. I have relatives and ancestors from Merioneth and places such as Blaenau Ffestiniog, Bala and Anglesey.

I think that the photo of the staff at the Gaol that you have posted has a relatives of mine in it - the Governor Edward Parry Jones and his daughter Emily Parry Jones (who is standing to the far left.) I think that the photo was taken around 1891-1893. I also think it is in fact Caernarfon Gaol not Beaumaris Gaol.
Once again, a wonderful website.
John Jones (Perth Western Australia)

Edward Parry Jones (Edward Penlan) was my Great Great Uncle. He was initially a Policeman at Caernarvon and was later promoted to Governor of Caernarvon Gaol and then, during the late 1890s, became Governor of  Ruthin Gaol. 

He was born in 1846 in Llanycil, Merioneth, Wales, and appeared in the census in March, 1851 at Penlan in Llanycil, Merioneth.

1851 Census, Penlan, Llanycil 
John Jones, 45, farmed the 30 acres of Penlan. His wife Margaret was 36, and born in Llanycil as were their children. Edward was 5, Isabel 3.
Rebecca Jones, 21 born in Waun, and David Jones, 20 born in Llangower, lived and worked there as domestic and general servants respectively.

He appeared in the census in April, 1861 also at Penlan in Llanycil, Merioneth,.

1861 Census, Penlan, Llanycil.
John Jones, now 49 still farmed Penlan with his wife Marharet, 35. Edward was 15, and the couple had another 2 sons, David, 8 and John 6, both born in Llanycil.

Edward Parry JONES married Elizabeth (Jones?) in 1865 at St Mary Magdalene in Cerrig y Drudion, Denbighshire, Wales (this the only marriage we could find but we aren't certain that it is the correct one).

Edward Penlan again appeared in the census in April, 1871 at Penlan in Llanycil, Merioneth, when
he was described as a Police Officer. He is not at home for the 1871 census - he is listed as Absent in Caernarvon - Police Officer.

1871 Census, County Gaol, Carnarvon.
Richard Roberts, 41 was Governor of Carnarvon Gaol. His wife and daughter also lived there, Ellen M. 36 and Richard L., 11 months old.
Edward Parry Jones, 25 and married, is recorded as the Gaol Warder.
Edward's wife Elizabeth, 30 was living with his parents at Penlan. Her occupation was recorded as a Guard of Gaol's Wife initially, but this was deleted to read Police Officer's wife.  They had four children, Margaret J. 4, born Cerrigydrudion, Elizabeth A, 3, Hannah 2, and Emily 3 months, all born in Llanycil.
Edward's name was entered on the census, but also deleted, with a comment stating that he was Absent in Caenarvon 

He appeared in the census in April, 1881 at 4 Shire Hall Street in Llanbeblig, Caernarfonshire, and was described as a Prison Officer.


Caernarvon Gaol

1881 Census, 4 Shire Hall Street, Llanbeblig.
Edward, 35 was now a Prison Officer, his wife Elizabeth, born in Cerrig y Drudion,  was 40. They had seven children living with them; Elizabeth A, 13, Hannah 12, Emily, 10, all born in Bala,  Mary R. 6, John D. 4, Ellen 3 and Sarah, 1 month old, all born in Carnarvon.

He appeared in the census in April, 1891 at Her Majesty's Prison, Shirehall Street in Llanbeblig, Caernarfonshire.

1891 Census, Her Majesty's Prison, Llanbeblig, Carnarvon.
Edward Parry Jones, now aged 48, is the Governor of the Prison. His wife Elizabeth is 50. Their family living with them consist of John David, 14, Ellen 13, and Sarah 10 .
Staff and prisoners there are also listed on the census.

By the time of the March 1901 census, Edward Parry Jones had been appointed Governor of the H. M. Prison in Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales.

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1901 Census, H.M. Prison, Ruthin.
Edward Parry Jones, 54 is Governor of the Prison. Wife Elizabeth is 60, and Ellen is the only daughter living with them aged 23. Niece Ellen Frances Jones, 4, also lives with the family.
Staff and prisoners are also recorded on the census.

He appeared in the census on April 2, 1911 at Cibyn Hall in Llanbeblig, Caernarfonshire,  giving his birth place as Llangower. Edward was described as a Pensioned Civil Service & Farmer. Edward and Elizabeth are listed as having had 10 children 3 of whom died before the 1911 census.

Edward died in 1917 at the age of 71 and 2 months. He was buried in 1917 at Llanbeblig Church in Llanbeblig, Caernarfonshire, Wales.

Llanbeblig Church

Edward Parry Jones's
headstone is inscribed as follows:-

Hoffus wr craff a siriol - dian
ydoedd a diddan ryfeddol
mawr ing sydd yma ar ol
colli'r gwr cal rhagorol

Which roughly translates as:-

A likeable man smart and cheerful
 He was amazing and entertaining
 After great angst here
we have  lost an outstanding man