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JONES , JOHN ( 1645 - 1709 ), cleric ;

the son (or grandson) of Matthew Jones of Pen-tyrch, Glam. , he was educated at Jesus College , Oxford , of which he was successively scholar and Fellow . He took the degrees of B.A. ( 1666 ), M.A. ( 1670 ), B.C.L. ( 1673 ), and D.C.L. ( 1677 ). He was licensed to practice medicine in 1678 and did so at Windsor . He was admitted licentiate of the College of Physicians in 1677 , and appointed chancellor of Llandaff cathedral in 1691 . He published a Latin treatise on fevers in 1683 , and in 1700 a work on The Mysteries of Opium Revealed , which is described as ‘ extraordinary and perfectly unintelligible .’ He invented a clock ‘ which moved by the air, equally expressed out of bellows of a cylindrical form, falling into folds in its descent, much after the manner of paper lanterns .’ He was licensed on 29 Aug. 1678 to marry Mary Starkey of New Windsor . He d. 22 Aug. 1709 and is buried near the west door of Llandaff cathedral .


  • Hardy , Jesus College (1899) ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Wood , Athenae Oxonienses (1813–20) ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959