The great grandson of this lady, Lewis Van, purchased Llanwern near Newport in about 1630 and the family were were long to be associated with this place. Charles Van was Member of Parliament for Brecon from 1772 to 1778 but apparently spent much of his time at Bath. Although a wealthy man and follower of fashion, Van retained a broad Welsh accent. Because of this and his fervent support for Wales, one of his conversations in Bath is recorded.*
Charles had a son called Thomas Van of Llanwern who died in 1794. His
son, Charles John Van died without issue in 1798. The long association
with Monmouthshire came to an end.
* A Schizzo on the Genius of Man, E. Harrington, 1793. In this,
(pages 65-8) Charles Van argues about the merits of a painting with the
artist. The reported argument allows the writer to poke fun at Van's accent.
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