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ELLIS , JOHN ( 1674 - 1735 ), cleric and antiquary ;

second son of Thomas Ellis of Llandegwning , Llŷn , and his wife Jane Marsh , widow of Herbert Griffith , Brynodol . He matriculated at Jesus College , Oxford , 31 March 1690 , at the age of 16, graduated B.A. in 1693 , M.A. (and a Fellow ) in 1696 , S.T.B. in 1703 , and S.T.P. c. 1720 , was ordained a deacon 7 Sept. 1707 , and a priest 4 July 1708 , and was presented to the rectorate of Llandwrog 30 Sept. 1710 and appointed a canon of Bangor cathedral in the same year. He surrendered the latter office on receiving the prebend of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd on 26 March 1713 , and was presented to the rectorate of Llanbedr-y-cennin with the vicariate of Caerhun on 24 July 1719 . He m., 13 May 1720 , Catherine , daughter of Richard Humphreys , Hendregwenllian , Penrhyndeudraeth , and step-sister of bishop Humphrey Humphreys (q.v.) ; they had three children — one, John Ellis , Ll.B. , became vicar of Bangor and archdeacon of Merioneth , but the others d. in infancy. He d. at Llanbedr in July 1735 ; the register of that parish records his burial on the 12th day of the month . John Ellis took a great interest in antiquities . Browne Willis acknowledges the valuable assistance which he rendered in the compilation of A Survey of the Cathedral Church of Bangor , 1721 .


  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (1914) , 210;
  • A. Ivor Pryce , Diocese of Bangor During Three Centuries, seventeenth to nineteenth century inclusive being a digest of the registers of the bishops (1929) ;
  • Browne Willis , A survey of the cathedral church of Bangor; and the edifices belonging to it … (1721) , v, 151, 175;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • 'Dictionary of Welsh Biography.' 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 .


Gildas Tibbott M.A., (1900-79), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959