RICHARDS, THOMAS (1687? - 1760), cleric and author

Name: Thomas Richards
Date of birth: 1687?
Date of death: 1760
Parent: Richard Richards
Gender: Male
Occupation: cleric and author
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Religion
Author: William Llewelyn Davies

Although a native of Cardiganshire and born at Llanychaearn (Foster, Alumni Oxon.), he may have been a member of the Richards family of Coed, near Dolgelley (see under Richards family of Caerynwch). Educated at Jesus College, Oxford (graduated in 1711), he was an excellent classical scholar; Dr. Trapp, professor of poetry at Oxford, said he was the best Latin poet since Vergil. He was appointed rector of Newtown, 1713, appointed canon of S. Asaph in 1718, and sinecure rector of Llansannan in 1720; he was also rector of Llanfyllin from 1718 up to his death in 1760. He was buried at Llanfyllin.

He translated into Welsh several popular English songs, published a Latin elegy on the death of queen Caroline (London, 1737), a sermon on S. Luke, ii, 10, 11 (London, 1727), a sermon preached at Newtown, 28 April 1732, on the occasion of the death of lady Pryce, wife of Sir John Pryce of Newtown Hall (1732). A letter by him on the fire in Harlech Marsh, 1694, appeared in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. He was in 1759 a corresponding member of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion.

Richard's best-known work is his satire in reply to Holdsworth's Muscipula, 1709, with the title of Χοιροχωρογραφία sive Hoglandiae Descriptio (London, 1709); he also published a satire on Hampshire, Holdsworth's native county, together with an English version, Hogland: or a description of Hampshire. A Mock Heroic Poem in answer to Mr. Holdsworth's Muscipula (London, 1709), reprinted London, 1728. J. H. Parry (Cambrian Plutarch, 344) gives an account of the circumstances under which Richards's counterblast to Holdsworth's satirical attack on the Welsh people was produced.

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Published date: 1959

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