NEWELL, EBENEZER JOSIAH (1853 - 1916), cleric, schoolmaster, and historian

Name: Ebenezer Josiah Newell
Date of birth: 1853
Date of death: 1916
Parent: C. W. Newell
Gender: Male
Occupation: cleric, schoolmaster, and historian
Area of activity: Education; History and Culture; Religion
Author: Lawrence Thomas

Born in South-wark in 1853, second son of C. W. Newell, he went, in 1872, to Worcester College, Oxford, and graduated in 1876. After a period as assistant in a school at Cardiff, he was ordained in 1890 and took a curacy at Neath, where he also kept a school. In 1891 he opened a school at Porthcawl, acting also as curate of Newton Nottage, and further holding evening classes. Browsing in the library at Nottage Court (see the article Knight of Tythegston), he became interested in the history of the Welsh Church, and did good work in that field - becoming also a prominent member of the Cambrian Archaeological Association. Besides a volume of verse (The Sorrow of Simona, 1882), he published A Popular History of the Ancient British Church, 1887, A History of the Welsh Church to the Dissolution of the Monasteries, 1895 (a national eisteddfod prize essay), The Diocese of Llandaff, 1902, and S. Patrick, his Life and Teaching, 1890. At the end of 1900, he was preferred to the vicarage of Neen Sollers, Cleobury Mortimer (Salop) and died there at the beginning of June (buried 6 June) 1916.


Published date: 1959

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