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JONES , RICHARD ( 1603? - 1673 ), schoolmaster and translator of religious works ;

son of John Lewis of Llansannan, Denbs. Educated at Balliol College , Oxford , he graduated B.A. Feb. 1628-9 , and M.A. June 1633 . Under the Commonwealth he became an itinerant minister and subsequently a schoolmaster in Denbigh Free School . He is known to have been appointed to Denbigh School before Feb. 1656-7 , probably a short time previously. He was ejected in 1660 . He d. Aug. 1673 . The first of his translations to be published was Galwad i'r Annychweledig , 1659 , from Richard Baxter 's Call to the Unconverted . In a composite volume published in 1672 by Stephen Hughes (q.v.) appears his Rhodfa Feunyddiol y Christion , translated from Henry Oasland 's Christian's Daily Walk , and Amdo i Babyddiaeth , from Richard Baxter 's A Winding Sheet for Popery . Hyfforddiadau Christionogol , translated from T. Gouge 's Christian Directions , appeared in 1675 , posthumously, as also did Bellach neu Byth , a translation of Baxter 's Now or Never in 1677 . ( See the preceding article .)


  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Thomas Shankland , in Seren Gomer , 1906 , 210-20;
  • T. Richards , A History of the Puritan Movement in Wales (1920) ;
  • J. C. Morrice , Wales in the Seventeenth Century its literature and men of letters and action (Bangor, 1918) ;
  • H. Lewis in The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1930-1 ;
  • T. Parry , Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg (1944) ;
  • T. Rees , History of Protestant Nonconformity in Wales .


Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959