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OWEN , HUMPHREY ( 1702 - 1768 ), principal of Jesus College, Oxford, and Bodley's librarian ;

b. in 1702 , son of Humphrey Owen , Gwaelod , Nant-y-meichiaid , Meifod, Mont. He matriculated from Jesus 17 Nov. 1718 , aged 16; graduated in 1722 ( D.D. 1763 ); and was elected Fellow in 1725 . He was given the rectory of Tredington (Worcs.) in 1744 , and held it till 1763 , despite his appointment as Bodley's librarian in Nov. 1747 . In May 1763 he was elected principal of his college , and was also given the college living of Rotherfield Peppard , but retained his librarianship. He appointed an unusual number of Welshmen (including, e.g. his successor John Price , 1734 - 1813 , q.v.) to posts in Bodley . E. G. Hardy calls him ‘ a respectable, if not distinguished, librarian .’ He d. 26 March 1768 , and was buried in the college chapel.


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies (1894) ;
  • Hardy , Jesus College (1899) , 167-8;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses .


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

Published date: 1959