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MAURICE , HENRY ( 1647 - 1691 ), cleric and author ;

if the age recorded (44) on his memorial tablet in Jesus College chapel at Oxford is correct, he was b. in 1647 , but Foster records his age at matriculation ‘at 16,’ in a year which would place his birth in 1648 . He was the son of Thomas Maurice , B.D. , perpetual curate of Llangristiolus , Anglesey , and his wife Sidney , daughter of Henry Perri (q.v.) — he was, therefore, of the Tudor of Penmynydd clan (see J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees , 106). From Beaumaris grammar school he went up to Jesus College , Oxford , graduated in Jan. 1667-8 , was elected Fellow in 1670 , proceeded D.D. in 1683 , and was Margaret Professor of Divinity in 1691 . He was companion and chaplain to Sir Leoline Jenkins (q.v.) till 1680 , when he became chaplain to archbishop Sancroft . Apart from holding the sinecure rectory of Llandrillo-yn-Rhos, Denbs. , from 1684 to 1691 , his contact with Wales ceased with his school-days, so that it will suffice here to refer to the D.N.B. upon him — he was universally esteemed for his character and his scholarship; his debate with Richard Baxter on episcopacy may be mentioned. He d., unmarried, of the palsy , 30 Oct. 1691 .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Y Gwladgarwr , 1840 , 289-92;
  • [ Hardy , Jesus College (1899) , 144-5].


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

Published date: 1959