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FOULKES , WILLIAM (d. 1691 ), cleric and translator ,

son (says Ashton ) of a cleric called John Foulkes ; he went to Jesus College , Oxford , in 1650 (his age at that time is not given), and graduated in 1653 . He was sinecure rector of Cwm (near Rhuddlan ) in 1660-1 , rector of Llanfyllin (and also of Llanbrynmair ) 1661-91 — together with Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa after 1680 — and canon of S. Asaph from 1662 . He d. at Llanfyllin at the beginning of 1691 , and was buried on 9 Jan. In 1685 , he prepared for press Gweddi'r Arglwydd wedi ei hegluro , an exposition of the Lord's Prayer , by bishop George Griffith (q.v.) , and in 1688 published a Welsh translation of bishop Ken 's Practice of Divine Love .

Sources:

  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1651–1850 (1893) , 85-6;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , i, 360, ii, 230, 234.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor



He had a son, WILLIAM FOULKES , who graduated from Jesus College , Oxford , in 1699 ( B.C.L. 1705 , D.C.L. 1707 ). The name ‘Gul. Fowkes LL.D. e coll. Iesu’ appears at the foot of a composition in verse in the appendix to Cardiff MS. 26 .

Sources:

  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Evans , Reports on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language (1898–1910) . ii, 224.

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959