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FOULKES , HUMPHREY ( 1673 - 1737 ), cleric and antiquary ,

son of David Foulkes , Llannefydd, Denbs. He graduated B.A. , from Jesus College , Oxford , 1695 , M.A. , 1698 , and D.D. , 1720 . Ordained priest in April 1700 he was instituted to the living of S. George, Denbs. , in 1702 . The prebend of Llanfair in the cathedral church of S. Asaph was bestowed upon him in 1705 and he became rector of Marchwiel, Denbs. , 1709-10 , and sinecure rector of Llanfor, Mer. , 1713 . He wrote dissertations on several aspects of life in the middle ages in Wales and corresponded frequently with Edward Lhuyd (q.v.) on a variety of antiquarian and philological topics. He d. in 1737 .


  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 (1908) ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , i, 348;
  • R. T. Gunther , Early Science in Oxford , xiv, Life and letters of Edward Lhwyd second Keeper of the Musaeum Ashmoleanum ;
  • Browne Willis , A Survey of the Cathedral-Church of St. Asaph (1720) , i, 300, 391.
  • NLW MSS 1563, 1663, 1723, 1803;
  • S. Asaph diocesan records;
  • [and see The National Library of Wales Journal . ix, 184.]


Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959