During the Commonwealth he was ejected from the livings of Llan-gan and Pentyrch for ‘not reading the Directory ,’ but received lenient treatment ‘because of his great learning and excellent parts’ and the favour of the Parliamentarian colonel Philip Jones , Fonmon (q.v.) . He was allowed a ‘fourth’ of the living of Llan-gan , and the living itself was leased to his brother Maurice . Later, payment of the ‘fourth’ was suspended and Davies maintained himself by keeping a private school and afterwards by entering the household of the countess of Peterborough as chaplain . At the Restoration , 1660 , he returned as rector of Llan-gan and applied for the tithes of Llantrithyd . He petitioned for the archdeaconry of Llandaff on the grounds of his ejection and loyalty to the king's cause; Sheldon , archbishop of Canterbury , endorsed the petition and Davies became archdeacon . In 1661 he received his D.D . He was consecrated bishop of Llandaff 24 Aug. 1667 , and lived and held his ecclesiastical courts at the episcopal manor of Mathern . He refounded the cathedral library, which had been destroyed during the Commonwealth , and installed the largest bell in the cathedral tower. He d. 14 March 1675 and was buried before the high altar in Llandaff cathedral ; his tombstone was revealed after the air-raid of 1941 .
Archdeacon Lawrence Thomas, D.D., (1889-1960), Aberafan
Published date: 1959