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THOMAS , THOMAS ( 1804 - 1877 ), cleric ;

b. 7 Sept. 1804 , son of John Thomas of Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, Cards. He was educated at Ystrad Meurig and matriculated in the University of Oxford from Jesus College , 29 March 1824 . He took his B.A. in 1827 , and after a year's teaching in Liverpool was ordained deacon by bishop Luxmoore of S. Asaph , 20 July 1828 , and licensed to Llanfair Caer Einion . He received priest ' orders, 26 July 1829 , and after three years at Llanfair became curate of Ruabon . On 14 April 1835 , he was appointed by bishop Sumner of Chester vicar of Llanbeblig with Caernarfon , and remained there for twenty-four years. During this period he built schools in the town and did great pastoral work; he was also instrumental in the foundation of the North Wales Training College (later S. Mary's College , Bangor ). From Caernarvon he returned to Ruabon as vicar ( 1859 ) and after three years there was preferred to Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch , where he d. on 9 Jan. 1877 . He was buried at Caernarvon . In 1864 he had been appointed to a canonry in Bangor cathedral .

By his wife he had eight children, three daughters and five sons. The eldest surviving son,

THOMAS THOMAS ( 1840 - 1897 ) ,

was b. at Caernarvon , 14 Nov. 1840 . He was educated at various schools and matriculated in the University of Oxford as a scholar of Jesus College , and graduated B.A. in 1865 . He won the Newdigate prize in 1863 for a poem on coal mines. After leaving Oxford , he taught at Rossall , Llandovery , and Ruthin , being ordained deacon by bishop Short of S. Asaph in 1867 and priest in 1868 . He served curacies at Llanrhaeadr ( 1867-70 ), Llanfwrog ( 1870-1 ), and Ruabon ( 1872 ), and held the rectory of Nutfield , Surrey , from 1880 to 1882 . But it was as Fellow of Jesus College (he was elected in 1872 ) that his best-known work was done. He held many collegiate offices, including that of Welsh reader ( 1873-80 ) and ultimately vice-principal ( 1882-97 ). He d. 12 May 1897 , and was buried at Caernarvon . He had been appointed by the Crown to a canonry in S. Asaph cathedral in 1897 , but d. before his installation. He was a fluent versifier in English and Latin and wrote some light verses in Welsh . He was also interested in the Basque language.


  • Harriet Thomas , Father and Son memoirs of Thomas Thomas … and of Llewelyn Thomas … With selections from the writings of the latter (London, 1898) , 1898 ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph ;
  • Thomas ;
  • The Records of the Diocese of Bangor in the National Library of Wales in N.L.W.


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959