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LEWIS , PIERCE ( 1664 - 1699 ), cleric, and ‘corrector’ of the Welsh Bible of 1690 ;

b. 11 April 1664 , son of Pierce Lewis of Plas Llanfihangel Tre'r Beirdd , Anglesey , registrar of Bangor diocese , by his wife, Elizabeth Lloyd of Henblas , Llangristiolus . Entering Jesus College , Oxford , in 1681 , he graduated in 1684 , and seems to have remained at Oxford till 1690 , to supervise the printing of the Bible , which is commonly associated with his kinsman bishop William Lloyd ( 1627 - 1717 ) (q.v.) of S. Asaph — at Oxford , Lewis was nicknamed ‘ the Welsh Rabbi .’

In 1690 he got the living of Llanfachraeth in Anglesey , became vicar of Bangor in 1693 , and rector of Llanfairfechan in 1698 . He d. at Ruthin in May 1699 . His edition of the Bible is not highly rated.


  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (1914) , 89, and Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club , 1931 , 124;
  • Cambrian Bibliography (Llanidloes, 1869) , 248;
  • Additional Letters of the Morrises of Anglesey (1735-86). Y Cymmrodor , xlix, (1947-9) , 742.


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

Published date: 1959