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OWEN , THOMAS ( 1748 - 1812 ), cleric and translator ;

christened 3 Sept. 1748 , the son of Thomas and Margaret Owen of Rhiwlas , in the village of Pentraeth , Anglesey . On 20 March 1767 he matriculated from Jesus College , Oxford , graduating B.A. in 1770 . Early in 1771 he describes himself as ‘deputy’ to the librarian of the Bodleian Library . Owen was ordained deacon at the Trinity ordination , 1771 , by the bishop of Oxford by letters dimissory from the bishop of Bangor with a title to the curacy of Llanddeusant , Anglesey . He proceeded to the degree of M.A. from Queen's College , Oxford , in 1773 . In 1779 he was presented to the rectory of Upton Scudamore, Wilts. , and continued to hold this living till his death in Anglesey in May 1812 . Owen translated the following three works into English : Three Books of M. Terentius Varro concerning Agriculture , 1800 ; Agricultural Pursuits, translated from the Greek , 1805-6 ; Fourteen Books of Palladius on Agriculture , 1807 .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • The Records of the Church in Wales at the National Library of Wales (in N.L.W.).


Hywel David Emanuel, M.A., (1921-70), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959