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Although it saw no large battles, the Civil War in Denbighshire was a bitter and drawn-out affair. The unusually numerous and old-fashioned gentry of the area (praised by Thomas Churchyard in his 1587 poem, The Worthines of Wales) were predictably Royalist in inclination, and supplied many officers of the King’s armies. But the town of Wrexham, and even the surrounding countryside, produced its Parliamentary officers and supporters too: a few are even connected to Brymbo. Samuel Powell, the younger brother of Thomas Powell of the Gyfynys, has already been mentioned as an example of a Parliamentarian among the area’s gentry families.

Two others, however – Captain Hugh Prichard and Captain Edward Taylor – were from the yeomanry, rather than the gentry. The latter certainly took up arms against the King, while the former was very active during the Commonwealth. They were, in fact, old associates, being related by marriage: Prichard’s wife, Ellinor, was a kinswoman of the Taylors, and both men were strongly religious, with nonconformist convictions that doubtless influenced their support of Parliament.

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