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CHRISTOPHER , JACOB ( fl. 1655-90 ), Independent preacher .

There is evidence that he was a recognized preacher before the Restoration , but not actually set apart for the work; he was ‘silenc'd’ (to use Calamy 's term) either before or by the Act of Uniformity of 1662 (before, more likely). He is first associated with Mawdlam near Margam ; he and Lewis Alward of Kenfig were both persecuted under the penal code of Clarendon about 1664 , but in 1672 he took out a licence to preach in Kenfig at Lewis Alward 's house. In Henry Maurice 's report of 1675 , he is named as one of the teaching elders of the Cilfwnwr church ( Tirdoncyn ). The records of that church say that he d. 31 May 1690 .


  • Calamy , An account of the ministers … ejected (1660–2) , ii, 733;
  • Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series , 1663-4 , 568-9; Entry Book ; 38A, 197, licence documents;
  • Broadmead Records (1847, 1865) (ed. Underhill ), addenda B, 514, Glamorganshire;
  • The Carmarthen Antiquary , xv, 51.


Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959