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BRISCOE , THOMAS ( 1813 - 1895 ), cleric and scholar . Born 30 June 1813 at Wrexham , son of Richard Briscoe , druggist ; educated at Ruthin School and Jesus College , Oxford ; B.A. (First Class Lit. Hum. , 1833 ; M.A. , 1836 ; B.D. , 1843 ; D.D. , 1868 ). Ordained deacon 1836 , priest 1837 , by the bishop of Oxford ; Fellow of Jesus College , Oxford , 1834-59 ; tutor , 1835-9 and 1843-57 ; vice-principal , 1849-58 ; perpetual curate of Henllan, Denbs. , 1830-40 ; vicar of Holyhead , 1858-95 ; surrogate , 1858 ; chancellor of Bangor cathedral , 1877 .

Briscoe was an excellent scholar in ancient and modern languages , including Welsh . In 1851 he translated into Welsh from the German , Ellendorff 's 1st Petrus in Rom und Bischof der Romischen Kirche gewesen? He also translated the following O.T. books from the Hebrew : Isaiah 1853 , Job 1854 , Psalms and Proverbs 1855 , and, in 1894 , the New Testament into Welsh with the readings adopted by the English Revised Version . He d. 16 Feb. 1895 . His library was presented to Bangor cathedral library .

Bibliography:

  • Crockford's Clerical Directory ;
  • Bangor Diocesan Calendar and Clergy List … ;
  • A. Ivor Pryce , Diocese of Bangor During Three Centuries, seventeenth to nineteenth century inclusive being a digest of the registers of the bishops , 1929 ;
  • National Library of Wales Manuscript 9252.

Author:

Chancellor John Williams James, D.D., Aber, Bangor