MAURICE, DAVID (1626 - 1702), cleric and translator

Name: David Maurice
Date of birth: 1626
Date of death: 1702
Parent: Andrew Maurice
Gender: Male
Occupation: cleric and translator
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Religion; Scholarship and Languages
Author: John James Jones

son of Andrew Maurice, dean of S. Asaph. This Andrew Maurice was, according to Browne Willis, a Shropshire gentleman, but according to Wood (Athen. Oxon.), a native of Denbighshire. ‘Llyfr Silin’ and Walter Davies (Gwallter Mechain) make him the eighth in descent from Ieuan Gethin. Philip Yorke (Royal Tribes) says he was ‘of a younger branch of Clenennau.’ But his son, David Maurice, according to D. R. Thomas (S. Asaph), bore ‘not the shield of Owen Gwynedd nor of Einion Efell, but that of Cunedda Wledig.’ David Maurice matriculated from Jesus College, Oxford, 3 June 1651. He graduated B.A. 1654/5, and M.A. 1657, from New College. He held the following ecclesiastical preferments — vicar of Llangernyw, 1662; rector of Cegidog S. George, Denbighshire, 1663; cursal prebendary of S. Asaph, 1664; canon, 1666; vicar of Llanasa, Flintshire, 1666; rector of Gwytherin, 1675; vicar of Abergele, 1684; of Betws-yn-Rhos, 1684; of Llanarmon-yn-Iâl, 1696. He held the last three livings at the time of his death, and was buried in Abergele churchyard, where there is a Latin epitaph on his tomb. His ‘information’ relating to the ‘Popish Plot’ was printed in The Information of J. Sergeant and D. Morris relating to the Popish Plot, 1681. In addition he published The Promised Reed; a sermon preach'd … for the support of weak Christians, 1700, and Welsh translations of two of the works of Theophilus Dorrington, under the titles, Arweiniwr cartrefol i'r iawn a'r buddiol dderbyniad o Swperyr Arglwydd, … 1700, and Cynffwrdd i'r gwan Gristion, neu'r gorsen ysig, 1702. [See close of article on William Jones, died 1679 ].

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Published date: 1959

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