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OWEN , THOMAS ELLIS ( 1764 - 1814 ), cleric ;

b. at Conway 5 Dec. 1764 , but not christened till 25 March 1765 ; son of William Owen , draper and tax-collector , and his wife Elizabeth Ellis of Glan-y-wern , Mochdre , daughter of John Ellis , a lawyer . He went up from Westminster School in 1785 to Christ Church , Oxford , graduating in 1789 . In 1790 he was given the college living of South Stoke, Oxon. , but on 10 Dec. 1794 became rector of Llandyfrydog with Llanfihangel-tre'r-beirdd , Anglesey ; from the end of 1812 he was also perpetual curate of Penmynydd — he lived at Beaumaris . He d. 1 Dec. 1814 , and was buried at Llanfair-is-gaer , where there is a tablet in his memory. He is best known as the author of two anti-Methodist pamphlets , Hints to Heads of Families , 1801 (two ed., a 3rd in 1802 ), and Methodism Unmasked (etc.), 1802 ; the former drew a retort, The Welsh Methodists Vindicated , 1802 , from Thomas Charles and Thomas Jones , and a furious attack in verse, ‘ Can ar Berson Paris ’ ( Llandyfrydog is near Parys Montain ) from Thomas Edwards ( Twm o'r Nant , q.v.) , 1802 .


  • Bangor Manuscript at University College North Wales Library, Bangor 6455 at U.C.N.W.;
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles (Denbigh, 1908) , ii, 391, and chapter 38;
  • id., introduction to his 1905 reprint of the Hints to Heads of Families (1801, 1905) .


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

Published date: 1959