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JONES , RICHARD ( 1603 - 1655/6? ), cleric and author ; b. 1603 ; son of John Pew of Henllan, Denbs ., according to A. Wood , Athenae Oxonienses , and Foster , Alumni Oxon. , but John ap Hugh of Hendre Caerwys in Northop, Flint. , according to Thomas , S. Asaph . Educated at Jesus College , Oxford , he graduated B.A. in Feb. 1625-6 , and M.A. in July 1628 . He was appointed vicar of Llanfair Caereinion, Mont. , in 1636 , but ejected by the Council for the Propagation of the Gospel in Wales at their Llanfyllin session, 11 June 1650 . He continued however to preach and minister in his old parish, and enjoyed the patronage of the Vaughan s of Llwydiarth . He has often been confused with a namesake, Richard Jones of Denbigh (see the next article). During his deprivation, he published two works, both summaries of the contents of the Bible in free metric form. His Testun Testament Newydd ein Harglwydd … yn Benhillion Cymraeg , appeared in Jan. 1652-3 , and Perl y Cymro neu Cofiadur y Beibl ar fesurau Psalmau Dafydd , in 1655 . He d. at the end of 1655 or beginning of 1656 .

Bibliography:

  • Wood , Athenae Oxonienses , 1813–20. Sometimes cited in the first (1691-2) edn ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph ;
  • 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 .

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth