WYATT AM (D25)

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Vicar and Rural Dean of Raglan and Llandenny (1864 - 1874). During Rev. Wyatt's term, the Lady Chapel was built, reflecting an increase in the population of the village. The chancel was also restored and many windows repaired. Much of the stained and coloured glass dates from this period, as do most of the interior wooden screens and fittings. The top storey of the tower was restored and Miss Bosenquet had 3 clocks installed on the church tower. A plaque in the tower reads, "To the Glory of God and in loving remembrance of Arthur Montague Wyatt, Vicar of this Parish from 1864 to 1874. During his incumbency and mainly by his exertions this Church was restored, enlarged and embellished. It was re-opened the 27th of August 1868.

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INSCRIPTION

ARTHUR MONTAGUE WYATT, Vicar, Born May 11, 1810. Died, 15 June, 1874, age 64 years, Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ and steward of the mysteries of God, Corinthians 4.1 and his wife ANN ELIZABETH WYATT - (D24) (note: the bible passage suggests that Wyatt was a servant of God looking after his house)

LIFE

Arthur Montague (A. M.) WYATT, (1810 - 1874). Arthur Montague Wyatt was born in Tamworth Staffordshire on May 11, 1810 to Arthur Wyatt , esq of Troy near Monmouth and Arabella Montague Higginson. His father, the agent to the Duke of Beaufort, was central to the restoration of Raglan Castle in the early 1800s. A. M. Wyatt's brother, Osmund Arthur Wyatt, continued in his father's footsteps and was involved in the 1861 "Raid on Raglan Church" when the Somerset Vault was opened in the search for the first steam engine.

Arthur Montague spent his early life in Monmouth and had fond memories of his home. When he was 10 years of age he was sent to school in Westminster. After leaving school he attended college at St David's, Lampeter, Wales. In 1833 he was ordained and began his career. He was in Coventry for a year and then spent a year as P.C. of Perry bar, Staffs between 1834 - 47. He attended Peterhouse, at Cambridge University and graduated on June 7, 1839. Shortly after leaving Cambridge, in 1840, Wyatt married Ann Elizabeth Buck of Monmouth, the daughter of the late William Buck of Gibralter House, Monmouth. Rev. A.M. Wyatt was vicar of Penrhos, Mon. from 1847 to 1866. He was much loved in Penrhos. In October 1864, a celebration of praise and thanksgiving was held in Penrhos to thank Rev. Wyatt, their 'old and beloved pastor' ( Illustrated Usk Observer and Raglan Herald, 29, Oct, 1864-- Welsh newspapers online). The Wyatt's resided in Cefn-y-glaigoed, Tregare. Rev. Wyatt also founded the school in Penrhos, in April 1856. The school was funded by the estate of John Prosser, of Penallt, to serve as a church school for poor persons of and in the parish of Penrose (Bradney, Hundreds of Raglan, p. 101). Rev. Powell served as vicar of Penrhos, Mon. between 1847-66. He was active in the movement to improve church music. He was considered an excellent speaker. His sermons were considered, "elaborate and excellent" ( Monmouthshire Merlin, 1849). He was a supporter of progress - passionate about the Railway, and hosted discussions on the desirableness of lighting the village with gas (Illus. Usk Observer and Raglan Herald, 15, July 1865, via. Welsh Newspapers on-line). He was also a supporter of Christian missions. In 1865, he was secretary of the Missionary Society (Ill Usk Observer and raglan herald, welsh newspapers online).

He began his work in Raglan in 1860 when the resident vicar, William Powell, was near the end of his life. We believe that he lived in Castle Street and was the first of many vicars to live at the Vicarage on the corner of Castle Street and Primrose Green. He would have been overseeing St Cadoc's Church during the time of the 'raid on Raglan Church' and in 1863, he was responsible for the donation of the clocks on the church tower, by Miss Anna Bosenquet . Rev. Powell died in 1874 at the age of 87 and A.M. Wyatt resigned his position in Penrhos to take up the position of Vicar and Rural Dean of Raglan and Llandenny.

Rev. Wyatt was an educated man and he brought his love of music, art and literature with him wherever he went. In 1848, while he was vicar of Penrhos, he started the first school for the poor in that parish. He was a strong supporter of education and advocated for the establishment of a juvenile reformatory. He started the Atheneum Readings in Penrhos and often gave talks on topics such as, "A Sketch of America" (1862), and a lecture on, "The different methods of employment for women" (lamenting their present limited where of action), in 1864. After taking up the position as Vicar of Raglan, he soon began an annual series of "Penny Readings" for 'popular entertainment' at the National School, to entertain as well as educate the village. (Illus. Usk Observer and Raglan Herald, 10, Feb 1866, via. Welsh Newspapers on-line). At one such event, 150 people were in attendance! In another, the room was so crowded they had to close the doors and refuse further admission (Illus etc. 1 Dec 1866). He was also the chairman of the drawing class for adults in the National School (Ill Usk Obs etc, 16, June 1866). In his spare time, he was a member of the Monmouthshire Antiquarian Society (County Observer and Monmouthshire Central Advertising, 31 Aug, 1867).

In addition to the arts and education, he also supported sports activities and was one of the sponsors of the Raglan Cricket Club, Archery Club (1865)

In 1867, Rev. Wyatt began his most memorable work - that of restoring St Cadoc's Church. The church had been in 'a state of deplorable decay' and hadn't been updated since the Civil War, 200 years previously. This renovation began with a parish meeting on Friday, May 31st in the vestry room. He raised the funds and drew up the plans for the church we see today. Amazingly, the restoration took less than 12 months to complete. It reopened in May 1868 (County Observer and Mon Central Advertising, 23, May 1868). However, even after the work was completed and the church re-opened, fundraising events continued, to pay for the costs of the renovation.

After the restoration of St Cadoc's Church, Rev. Wyatt took up an interest in the local Floral and Horticultural Association as well as the Raglan Farmers Club and other non-contentious activities. He died 9 October, 1874 and is buried in St Cadoc's Churchyard.

The couple had no children of their own. They adopted a daughter called Hagar Lewis. Rev. Wyatt's widow, Ann, died after 1881. She is not listed in the St Cadoc's burial record but her name is inscribed on the gravestone for Rev. Wyatt. Nothing is known of their adopted daughter, Hagar. Today, the Wyatt's gravestone in St Cadoc's Churchyard is in a very delicate condition. The sandstone is cracking and the inscription is hard to read. It has not withstood the ravages of nature - but his legacy, the Church, is at the heart of our community.

LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. … ECCLESIASTICAL VACANCY.—By the death of the Rev. Arthur Montague Wyatt, vicar of Raglan, the living, worth between £500 and £600 a year, has become vacant. It is in the gift of the Duke of Beaufort. Mr. Wyatt, who died on the 9th inst., and was buried on Monday, had held the living at Raglan for a number of years, and was highly-respected not only in his own parish, but for miles around. As a clergyman, he was a sound orthodox man, without any proclivities to extreme views, and in the pulpit was very far beyond the average oratorical ability of country clergymen. Mr. Wyatt, was brother to Mr. O. A. Wyatt, agent to the Duke of Beaufort, and leaves a widow and an adopted child.

Monmouthshire Merlin   —   19 June 1874  |  News  |  p5  | 

ANCESTORS

PARENTS:  Arthur WYATT, 1775 - 1833, and Arabella Montague Higginson, 1781 - 1818 WIFE:  Ann Elizabeth Buck of Monmouth SIBLINGS:  Emma Wyatt, Arabella Montague Wyatt (1807-1875), Osmund Arthur Wyatt (1811 - 1894), Henrietta Montague Wyatt, (b.1815 - d. unk)

1829. A Wyatt, Esq. (father of A M Wyatt) was agent to the Duke of Beaufort who gave permission for the Oddfellows excursion to Raglan Castle, August 1829

Ann Wyatt was the daughter of William and Mary Buck. William Buck died before Ann and A. M. Wyatt married. Her mother, Mary,lived with Ann and A.M. in 1841

DESCENDANTS

They had no children- only an adopted daughter, Hagar Lewis (b. 1865, Raglan). Hager married Ferdinand W Davis in 1886 and they had two sons: Melbourne and Alan. Hager died 29 March, 1941 aged 76, in Monmouth.

Family Tree: Wyatt, A.M.

A.M. Wyatt's younger brother, Osmund Arthur Wyatt (1811 - 1894), attended St John's College and was called to the Bar in 1839. He was Clerk of the Peace and Clerk to the Lieutenancy of Monmouthshire from 1880 and Agent to the Duke of Beaufort. He married Louisa Anne Wyatt, daughter of J. Wyatt, of Bangor. He died, Jan. 30, 1894 at Stratford-upon-Avon.

He was the father of Arthur (1870) and Henry C. (1875).

Source: Law Lists; Inns of Court; Foster, Men at the Bar; Guardian, Feb. 7, 1894.

NOTES

Sources: Cambridge Univ Alumni, 1261 -1900. Name: The Rev ARTHUR MONTAGUE Wyatt. College:PETERHOUSE, Died:1874 More Information: Adm. sizar (age ‘24’ sic), at PETERHOUSE, June 7, 1839; a ‘Ten-year man.’ [B. May 11, 1810. School, Westminster.] Ord. deacon (St Davids), 1833; priest (Coventry), 1834; P.C. of Perry Bar, Staffs., 1834-47. V. of Penrhos, Mon., 1847-66. V. of Llandenny, and Raglan, 1866-74. Married, May 11, 1840, Ann Elizabeth, only child of W. Buck, of Monmouth. Died June 9, 1874. (Record of Old Westminsters; T. A. Walker, 466; Clergy List; Crockford.)

1840: Arthur Montague Wyatt married, Apr-Jun 1840 at Monmouth, Mon. vol 26 p 99

1840: Rev Arthur Montague Wyatt, incumbent of Perry Barr, Staffordshire married Ann Elizabeth, only child of the late William Buck, Esq. of Gibraltar, Monmouthshire. (Chester Chronicle, 22/05/1840) (2nd source: find my past, Monmouthshire Marriages - Transcripts)

1841: Perry Village, Handsworth, Perry Barr, WEST BROMWICH, Staffordshire (HO107 piece 980 folio 4/20 page 1) WYATT, Arther M, age 31, Clerk of Perry Barr, married to Ann Elizabeth age 30, Mary Buck, age 50, b. 1791 (nb. probably mother of Ann Elizabeth Wyatt).

1851: Tregare Census A.W. Wyatt, age 40, vicar of Penrhos, married to Ann Elizabeth, age 39. (nb. they were living at Heynegligued (sp) next to the White Lion Inn, Tregare.

1859: Slaters Directory. Raglan Rev Arthur Montague Wyatt, Gentry.

1861 Wales Census- Tregare, District 22/5 Mon, Wales Arthur Montague Wyatt, age 60, b. abt 1811, Tam worth, Staffordshire, England, Vicar of Penrose wife: Ann Elizabeth Wyatt, age 54 yrs. b. abt 1807, St Marys, Lambeth, and two servants.

1861 Wales Census- Tregare, District 22/5 Mon, Wales Arthur Montague Wyatt, age 60, b. abt 1811, Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, Vicar of Penrose wife: Ann Elizabeth Wyatt, age 54 yrs. b. abt 1807, St Mary's Lambeth, nb. They had an adopted daughter, Hagar Lewis, b. abt. 1855, Raglan).

1861 - Woodcroft worked with the land agent of the Monmouth estates, Mr. Osmond Arthur Wyatt (brother of Rev A.W. Wyatt and representative of Duke of Beaufort). Wyatt was a barrister of the Inner Temple. His father, Arthur Wyatt was the agent of the Duke 'who did so much to restore the Castle and to make it a popular ruin'. He also became clerk to the Lieutenancy for Monmouthshire and (at the age of seventy-nine) became clerk to the County Council.

1864 - On Wednesday last, the new vicar of Raglan and Llandenny (the Rev. A. M. Wyatt) regaled the children of the Sunday Schools of Penrose and Raglan, to the number of about sixty, with good tea and cake, being a parting treat to the school children of the worthy vicar's former parish (Penrose), and an introductory one to those belonging to the Raglan schools.(Illustrated Usk Observer and Raglan Herald, 13 August 1864, Welsh Newspapers on line

1868: (Plaque. West Wall of Tower) In the Glory of God and in loving remembrance of Arthur Montague Wyatt Vicar of this Parish from 1864 to 1874, the Western Window of this Church is dedicated. During his incumbency and mainly by his exertions this Church was restored and enlarged and embellished and reopened the 27th of August 1868 (photo: P1050911).

1870 Raglan Village Rate Book Rev. A.M. Wyatt, resided in house and garden (no. 180). The property was owned by the Duke of Beaufort. Wyatt was also responsible for 34 acres of glebe land occupied by Merrick Jones and the Vicarage (occupied by James Carnegy (property no 13).

1871: Wales Census, Arthur Montague Wyatt, age 60 b. abt 1811, BoleHall, Staffordshire, England, Vicar of Raglan, Wife, Ann E Wyatt, b. Surrey, Clapham. Hagar Lewis, adopted child, age 6 (b. abt 1865) (note: Hager/Hagar Lewis b. 28 Jan, 1865, son? of Isaac and Elizabeth Lewis, top, farrier (raglan09 baptisms 1863-1900 - no marriage record in Raglan).

1871 PO Directory Raglan. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the King's Books at £4.3.3d; the yearly tithe rent-charge is £301, with 20 acres of glebe land and residence, in the gift of the Duke of Beaufort, and held by the Rev. Arthur M. Wyatt, B.A., of St. David's College, Lampeter: the Rev. George H. Fielding, M.A. of Lincoln College Oxford, is the curate of Raglan and Llandenny. Rev Arthur Montague Wyatt, Vicar and Rural Dean.

1874 - Burial record: Arthur Montague Wyatt, died 15 June, 1874, age 81 years (burial record no 95). National Probate Calendar, 1858 - 1966: Arthur Montague Wyatt, probate date: 7 Sep 1874, Death Date: 9 June 1874, Registry Llandaff. He and Ann Elizabeth Wyatt are buried in Plot 25 of St Cadoc's Churchyard.

1881 Census Ann E. WYATT, Head, widow, age 74, born Clapham, Surrey, England, Gentle woman, living on Castle St. with two servants. (no 79)

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