JONES, RICHARD (1603 - 1655/6?), cleric and author

Name: Richard Jones
Date of birth: 1603
Date of death: 1655/6?
Parent: John ap Hugh
Parent: John Pew
Gender: Male
Occupation: cleric and author
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Religion
Author: Griffith Milwyn Griffiths

Born 1603; son of John Pew of Henllan, Denbighshire, according to A. Wood, Athenae Oxonienses, and Foster, Alumni Oxonienses, but John ap Hugh of Hendre Caerwys in Northop, Flint, according to Thomas, A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph. Educated at Jesus College, Oxford, he graduated B.A. in February 1625-6, and M.A. in July 1628. He was appointed vicar of Llanfair Caereinion, Montgomeryshire, in 1636, but ejected by the Council for the Propagation of the Gospel in Wales at their Llanfyllin session, 11 June 1650. He continued however to preach and minister in his old parish, and enjoyed the patronage of the Vaughan family of Llwydiarth. He has often been confused with a namesake, Richard Jones of Denbigh. During his deprivation, he published two works, both summaries of the contents of the Bible in free metric form. His Testun Testament Newydd ein Harglwydd … yn Benhillion Cymraeg, appeared in January 1652-3, and Perl y Cymro neu Cofiadur y Beibl ar fesurau Psalmau Dafydd, in 1655. He died at the end of 1655 or beginning of 1656.


Published date: 1959

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