Born in Glamorgan. He matriculated at Oxford from S. Edmund Hall, 11 March 1585/6, at the age of 16; B.A. from Jesus College, 16 June 1589; M.A., 8 July 1592. He was appointed vicar of Caerleon, 2 February 1595/6, rector of Shire-Newton, 8 August 1597, rector of Llangattock-juxta-Usk, 15 April 1598, vicar of Llangattock-feibion-Afel, 12 July 1599, vicar of Llangattock-juxta-Neath, 23 July 1603, and chancellor of Llandaff in 1606. In 1606 he translated into Welsh Certain Sermons or Homilies, under the title Pregethau a osodwyd allan trwy awdurdod i'w darllein ymhob Eglwys blwyf a phob capel er adailadaeth i'r bobl annyscedig. Gwedi eu troi i'r iaith Gymeraeg drwy waith Edward James … 1606. A reprint of the Homiliau was published by John Roberts of Tremeirchion (1775 - 1829) in 1817 and another by Nicander (Morris Williams) in 1847. As there are no extant Llandaff diocesan records of this period, the date of James's death is not known; J. C. Morrice gives it as 1610, but no successor was appointed until 1620 (D. R. Phillips, Hist. of the Vale of Neath, 76).
Published date: 1959
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