Vaughan, Sir William
Sir William Vaughan, colonial promoter, author (b at Carmarthen, Wales 1575; d at Llangyndeyrn, Wales Aug 1641). Vaughan was one of the earliest advocates of Newfoundland as a practical and economically suitable place for English settlement. In 1616 he purchased the southern Avalon Peninsula from the London and Bristol Co and the next year sent out WELSH colonists to Renews. This colony, and further attempts at Trepassey in the 1620s and 1630s, met with failure. Vaughan also wrote 2 of the earliest promotional works about Newfoundland's value to Great Britain, The Golden Fleece (1626) and The Newlanders Cure (1630).