He was one of the principal originators of the ‘ Act for the Better Propagation of the Gospel in Wales ’ ( 1650 ), under which he became one of the twenty-five examiners appointed to inquire into the suitability of preachers who sought to minister in Wales . From this time until his death Monmouthshire was the scene of his primary labours, and we find him distributing alms to ‘divers religious people’ in that county in accordance with the law. On 25 March 1652-3 Cradoc established himself at Usk , thus displaying moderation in his views upon tithe. His moderation was equally in evidence when Vavasor Powell (q.v.) was impelled by the failure of the ‘ Parliament of Saints ’ to publish the petition A Word for God and so to manifest his opposition to Cromwell . Cradoc came into the open as the principal supporter of Cromwell in Wales , and a loyal petition, The Humble Representation and Address , was prepared, which was signed by 700 people, mostly from South Wales . This was presented by Cradoc to Cromwell on 4 Feb. 1655-6 and caused Vavasor Powell and some of the members of the congregation at Wrexham to send him a courteous but strongly-worded letter accusing him of betraying the truth. Cradoc took no further part in the controversy and in May 1655 was appointed vicar of Llangwm, Mon. He d. 24 Dec. 1659 and was buried in the chancel of Llangwm church . His will was dated 9 Dec. 1659 and was proved 28 Nov. 1661 by Richard Creed . His wife was Catherine Langford , daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Langford of Trefalun , Wrexham (see the article on that family), and he had two daughters, Eunice and Lois — the latter the wife of Richard Creed .
Cradoc was best known as a preacher , and the greater part of his published work consists of sermons. His publications were: (i) The Saints fulnesse of joy in their Fellowship with God ( London , 1646 ); (ii) Gospel-Libertie in the Extensions Limitations of it … Whereunto is added good Newes from Heaven ( London , 1648 ); (iii) Mount Sion or the Privilege and Practice of the Saints ( London , 1649 ); (iv) Divine Drops Distilled from the Fountain of Holy Scriptures , 1650 ; (v) Gospel-Holinesse or The Saving Sight of God ( London , 1651 ).
Reverend Principal Robert Tudur Jones, D.Phil., (1921-98), Bangor
Published date: 1959