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Sir Robert Salusbury

Sir Robert Salusbury d. in 1599 , and on the death in 1608 of his son, JOHN SALUSBURY , without children, captain John Salusbury , the young man's uncle, inherited the estates. He, however, d. without issue three years later, in 1611 , to be succeeded by another brother, WILLIAM SALUSBURY (known in later years as ‘ Hen Hosanau Gleision ,’ i.e. ‘Old Blue Stockings’). Sir Robert and the captain had spent extravagantly during their thirty-year tenure of the estates, and William found them heavily mortgaged. In another thirty years of hard work and frugal living he paid off his debts, restored his inheritance, and even added to it. Then, because of a violent quarrel with his eldest son, OWEN SALUSBURY , over the latter's marriage to Mary , daughter of Gabriel Goodman of Abenbury , prothonotary of North Wales , William split his estates into two parts, giving Rug and the Merionethshire lands to Owen , and Bachymbyd and the Denbighshire lands to his second surviving son Charles . William was one of the king's staunchest supporters in the Civil War ; he repaired Denbigh castle at his own expense in 1643 , and, although advanced in years, defended it stubbornly against the Parliamentary army . It was not until 26 Oct. 1646 , after a siege lasting six months, that he was forced to surrender the castle to general Mytton — and would do so then only after he had received the king's written command. William , whose wife was Dorothy , daughter of Owen Vaughan of Llwydiarth , had been Member of Parliament for Merionethshire in 1620-22 ; he d. in 1660 . Owen Salusbury , the eldest son, followed a vacillating course during the Civil War ; he was sheriff of Merioneth in 1647-8 . He d. 17 Jan. 1657/8 , transmitting the Rug estates to his eldest son WILLIAM SALUSBURY , who served as sheriff of Merioneth in 1661-2 , and d. in 1677 . He was succeeded in turn by his son OWEN SALUSBURY , who, after having become a Roman Catholic , d. in 1694 , leaving two daughters. ELIZABETH , the elder, who inherited Rug , m. Rowland Pugh of Mathafarn in Cyfeiliog