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WILLIAMS , JOHN (d. 1613 ), principal of Jesus College, Oxford .

He was b. at Llansawel, Carms. , and seems to have owned considerable property in the district. He was related by marriage to the Vaughan s of Golden Grove (qq.v.) . He entered Oxford as a scholar of Corpus Christi College in 1569 , under the name of John Thomas . He graduated B.A. 1573/4 , M.A. 1577 , and was elected Fellow of All Souls in 1579 . He became rector of Llandrinio, Mont. , in 1594 , and the same year graduated B.D. , and was appointed Margaret Professor of Divinity , a chair which he held till his death. He became D.D. in 1597 . He first became connected with Jesus College in 1590 when he was elected Fellow through the influence of Dr. Aubrey . In 1602 he was made principal ; he was vice-Chancellor of the University in 1604 . He was appointed dean of Bangor in 1605 . He proved himself an able college administrator , and under him the number of students steadily increased, and there was a marked influx of Welshmen from South Wales . He instituted a ‘ Liber Collegii ,’ containing a register of college elections and acts and sometimes statements of accounts. But he was obdurate in his opposition to the introduction of the statutes drafted and advocated by Griffith Powell , who came from the same village and succeeded him as principal , and by dilatory methods managed to stave off their introduction as long as he lived. He d. 4 Sept. 1613 , and was buried in S. Michael's , Oxford . He was the author of De Christi Justitia et in regno spirituali ecclesiae pastorum officio , 1597 , and edited Roger Bacon 's De retardandis senectutis accidentibus et sensibus confirmandis , 1590 .


  • Wood , Athenae Oxonienses (1813–20) ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Hardy , Jesus College (1899) ;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru (1870)


John James Jones, M.A., (1892-1957), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959