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Margaret Cave

Also Known As: "Margaret (Cave) Wynne Aungier Wenman Pennant"
Death: Died in Flintshire, Wales
Place of Burial: Church of Whitford
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Thomas Cave, of Stanford and Eleanor St. John
Wife of Sir John Wynne; Francis Aungier, 1st Baron Aungier of Longford; Sir Thomas Wenman, of Oxfordshire and Maj. Hugh Pennant, of Bryn Shone
Mother of N.N. Wynne, infant
Sister of Sir Thomas Cave, of Stanford and Elinor Roe nee Cave

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About Lady Margaret Cave, Baroness Longford

A Genealogical and Heraldic History of The Commoners of Great Britain And Ireland Enjoying Territorial Possessions or High Official Rank: But Uninvested With Heritable Honours. History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland. Pennant, of Downing and Bychton. Lineage.

III. Hugh , of Bryn Shone , major in the service of Charles I. who greatly distinguished himself in the Isle of Anglesey against General Mytton , m. first, Margaret (This lady had four husbands; she paid our country the compliment of beginning and ending with a Welshman: her first was Sir John Wynne , of Gwedir , junior; they lived unhappily together, which sent him on his travels to Italy , where he died at Lucca . She then took one of the Milesian race, for she married Sir Francis Aungier , Master of the Rolls in Ireland , afterwards created Baron Longford . Thirdly, she gave her hand to an Englishman, Sir Thomas Wenman , of Oxfordshire ; and, finally, she resigned her antiquated charms to our gallant major, who in the year 1656 deposited her with his ancestors, in the church of Whitford .-Thomas Pennant .) baroness Longford , daughter of Sir Thomas Cave , knt.; ....

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Malevolent Lady Margaret

There is (or at least was) one sinister spirit at Gwydir Castle, a woman who haunted Judy for months early during the renovation. Lady Margaret followed Judy everywhere and triggered a series of “accidents” apparently intended to harm Peter.

Fortunately, Lady Margaret Cave—whose good nature darkened radically after the birth of her son in the early 1600s—has not appeared since. She was married to the philanderer Sir John Wynn, so perhaps being married to him sent her into an eternal rage against the man of the house.

Recently we found a 19th century account of Gwydir, mentioning the room where all this (i presume the haunting) had happened. "Sir Richard Wynn's Chamber," it said, "also called the Ghost Room."


But then CP Volume VIII page 119 brings us more information. Francis Aungier, 1st Baron Longford, married 3rdly Margaret, widow of Sir John Wynne, and daughter of Sir Thomas Cave by Eleanor St.John, He died (etc) and his widow married Sir Thomas Wenman of Dublin and she died in 1656.

If she married twice more after Sir John Wynn(e) why would she be haunting Sir John Wynn(e)'s family home?

If we combine the details, Sir John and Margaret Cave married in 1606, he was knighted in 1613, and then he dies aged 31 abroad. The Complete Baronetage tells that Sir John's father (Sir John, 1st Baronet) died 1 March 1626. The father married "about 1575" meaning Margaret's husband was born probably after 1580 and dying age 31 after 1613 seems to make him born 1582 and more likely after. It all could fit-----but does it? Can anyone add to this tale?


  • AUNGIER, Francis (1558-1632), of Gray's Inn, London and East Clandon, Surr.; later of Longford and Dublin, Ireland.
  • b. c.14 May 1558, 1st s. of Richard Aungier of Cambridge by Rose, da. of William Stewart of Ely. educ. Westminster, Queen’s scholar 1570; Trinity Coll. Camb. 1574; sp. adm. G. Inn 1577, called 1583. m. (1) bef. 1589, Douglas, da. of Hon. Edward Fitzgerald, sis. of Gerald, 14th Earl of Kildare; (2) Anne, da. of Sir George Barne of Woolwich, wid. of Walter Marler; (3) Margaret, da. of Sir Thomas Cave, wid. of Sir John Wynne; at least 5s. 3da. suc. fa. 1597. Kntd. 1609; cr. Baron Aungier [I] 1621.1
  • Offices Held
    • Steward, manor of Woking 1588, manors in Anglesey, Orwill and Burwill, Flints. 1597; j.p. Surr. from 1592/3; j.p. Guildford 1604-9; ancient, G. Inn 1593, reader 1602; master of the rolls [I] 1609-d.; PC [I] by 1611; jt. ld. keeper [I] Apr.-May 1619.2
  • Aungier’s Aungier’s father, a Cambridgeshire landowner and a lawyer, was murdered in his chambers by a younger son and his body found floating down the Thames. Aungier himself married into the Irish nobility and became related to Elizabeth, Countess of Lincoln, who in 1589 appointed him executor of her will, leaving him the lease of the rectory and of other property at Woking in Surrey. The will was proved in 1590—after some dissension among interested parties—and Aungier settled in Surrey thereafter. He was assessed for the 1593 subsidy as of East Clandon, at £20 in lands, was appointed to the commission of the peace and may have been adding to his Surrey property as late as 1609. The only ascertained connexion with the duchy of Lancaster borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme for which he sat in the 1589 Parliament is that his father was then retained as counsel by the duchy. On 27 Feb. 1589 he was named to a committee to discuss the progress of the bill for purveyors. It was presumably Aungier’s friendship with (Sir) William More I, who appointed him an overseer of his will, that enabled him to be returned at Haslemere in 1597. In the Parliament of that year he was appointed to the committee of privileges (5 Nov.) and to two others concerning armour and weapons (10 Nov.) and monopolies (10 Nov.).3
  • When he went to Ireland, already an experienced lawyer whom Francis Bacon could describe as ‘very honest and able’, he displayed great energy in discharging his judicial duties: as a justice of assize he rode on circuit twice a year and earned a reputation for severity. He became a commissioner for the plantation of Ulster in 1616 and of Longford in 1620, where he later built a mansion. He also had a house in Dublin—once a monastery of the White Friars near Dublin Castle—where he died, 8 Oct. 1632. In his will he asked to be buried simply in a chapel near his Dublin home. All his lands, except some in Cambridgeshire reserved for his son George, and his wife’s jointure, were to go to his eldest son Gerald, while to his younger sons Ambrose and Francis he left sums of money. To Gerald, then over 30 years of age, he left his ‘history books and books of discourse’, to Ambrose his ‘divinity books’ and to Francis his law books, and he made bequests to his servants and the poor of the parish where he lived. If his movables were insufficient to meet his debts and legacies, these were to be paid for from the profits of Woking rectory. As executors he appointed his sons Gerald and Ambrose along with his ‘trusty servant’ Ralph Leventhorpe, and he asked the lords of the Privy Council in Ireland to protect his wife and children. He was first buried according to his request, but on 6 Dec. 1632 was re-interred in St. Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin.4
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  • Francis Aungier, 1st Baron Aungier of Longford (1558–1632), also known as Lord Aungier, was the progenitor of the Earldom of Longford, member of the House of Lords, Privy Councillor for Ireland, and Master of the Rolls in Ireland under James I and Charles I.
  • Francis was born in 1558 in Cambridge, England, the eldest son of Richard Aungier, Esq., and Rose Steward. His father was a barrister and a member of Gray's Inn. Francis attended Westminster School, and Trinity College, University of Cambridge, before entering Gray's Inn in 1577. He became a member of several jurisdictions, and was the reader of the Inn in 1602.[1] His father was murdered in his chambers in 1597, soon after his third election as Treasurer of Gray's Inn, and his body thrown into the Thames: the brother of Francis, Richard Aungier, was hanged for the crime at Tyburn on 25 January 1598.[2]
  • In 1609, King James I appointed Aungier to the Irish Privy Council, as well as to the position of Master of the Rolls for Ireland. He was also knighted at Greenwich the King that same year.[3] He was re-appointed Master of the Rolls for Ireland by King Charles I in 1625.[4]
  • Aungier attended the House of Lords in 1614 and served as commissioner of the plantations at Munster in 1616 and Longford in 1620. In 1619, he was appointed as a commissioner of the Great Seal following the death of Archbishop Thomas Jones.[1] In 1621, he was created Lord Aungier, Baron of Longford by patent, which stated that he descended from the Counts of Aungier.[4] He purchased the lands of the White Friars Monastery where he resided in Dublin, where in 1677, Aungier Street was dedicated in his honor of family.[1]
  • Aungier was married three times, and had several children through his marriages.[5]
  • He married first Douglas Fitzgerald, and had five children:
    • Gerald Aungier, 2nd Baron Aungier of Longford, who married Jane Onslow, daughter of Sir Edward Onslow
    • Ambrose Aungier, Chancellor of St. Patrick's Cathredal, who married Grisel Bulkeley, daughter of Archbishop of Dublin, Lancelot Bulkeley, and was the father of Francis Aungier, 1st Earl of Longford, Gerald Aungier, and Ambrose Aungier, 2nd Earl of Longford
    • Elizabeth Aungier, who married Simon Caryll, Richard Barne, and John Machell
    • Lettice Aungier, who married Edward Cherry, Sir William Danvers, and Sir Henry Holcroft
    • Thomas Aungier
    • Francis Aungier (died young)
  • He married secondly Anne Barne, daughter of Sir George Barne III, and had two children:
    • George Aungier
    • Frances Aungier
  • He married thirdly Margaret Cave, daughter of Sir Thomas Cave, with whom he had no issue.
  • From:,_1st_Baron_Aungier_of_Longford


  • A Genealogical History of the Dormant: Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct ... By Sir Bernard Burke
  • Pg.18
  • SIR FRANCIS AUNGIER, Knt., descended from the Aungiers, of Cambridge, having adopted the legal profession, was appointed master of the rolls 5 October, 1609, and created BARON AUNGIER, of Longford, in the peerage of Ireland, 29 June, 1621. His lordship m. 1st, Douglas, youngest sister of Gerald, Earl of Kildare, and had by her,
    • I. GERALD, his heir.
    • II. Ambrose, D.D., who m. Griseld, younger dau. of Lancelot Bulkeley, archbishop of Dublin, and had issue,
      • 1. FRANCIS .... etc.
    • I. Elizabeth, m. 1st, to Simon Caryll, Esq., of Tangley; 2ndly, to Richard Barne, Esq.; and 3rdly to John Matchell, Esq.
    • II. Lettice, m. 1st, to E. Cherry, Esq.; 2ndly, to Sir William Danvers, Knt.; and 3rdly to Sir Henry Holcroft, Knt.
  • Lord Aungier m. 2ndly, Anne, dau. of Sir George Barne, Knt., and had issue,
    • George.
    • Frances.
  • He m. 3rdly, Margaret, dau. of Sir Thomas Cave, Knt., of Stanford, by whom (who m. 2ndly, Sir Thomas Wenman) he had no issue. His lordship d. 8 October, 1632, was buried at St. Patrick's, Dublin, 6 November following, and was s. by his eldest son,
  • GERALD AUNGIER, 2nd baron, .... etc.


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