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EDWARDS , JONATHAN ( 1629 - 1712 ), cleric and controversialist .

Born at Wrexham . He entered Christ Church , Oxford , in 1655 , graduated in 1659 , and became Fellow of Jesus College in 1662 and vice-principal in 1668 . Livings and appointments held by him included: rector of Kiddington , rector of Hinton Ampner , rector of Llandysul, Cards. , and vicar of Clynnog-fawr, Caern. ; in 1686 he was elected principal of Jesus , and was vice-chancellor of the university 1689-91 ; treasurer of Llandaff cathedral . He had spirited controversies with the Socinians and with the Antinomians .

He published A Preservative against Socinianism in four parts, 1693-1703 , and A Vindication of the Doctrine of Original Sin from the exceptions of Dr. Daniel Whitby ( Oxford , 1711 ). He d. 20 July 1712 , at the age of 83, bequeathed his library to Jesus College , and left money towards the repair of the college chapel where he was buried.


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen (1852) ;
  • NLW MS 9256;
  • Hardy , Jesus College (1899) , 149-50.


Elwyn Evans, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959