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WILLIAMS , THOMAS ( 1658 - 1726 ), cleric and translator ,

son of the Rev. William Williams and Elizabeth his wife; b. at Eglwysbach, Denbs. , 1658 . He matriculated at Oxford from Jesus College , 3 April 1674 , took his B.A. in 1677 and his M.A. in 1680 . It is thought that he succeeded his father as rector of S. George , near Abergele , in 1684 ; possibly he was the Thomas Williams who was rector of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog from 1687 to 1702 . He was vicar of Llanrwst from 1690 to 1697 , and rector of Denbigh from 1697 till his death in 1726 . He translated a number of works into Welsh , including Eglurhad o Gatecism yr Eglwys by bishop Beveridge of S. Asaph ( 1708 ), and a considerable book by R. Nelson (q.v.) Cydymaith i Ddyddiau Gwylion ac Ymprydiau Eglwys Loegr ( 1712 ).


  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1651–1850 (1893) , 86;
  • W. Rowlands , Cambrian Bibliography (Llanidloes, 1869) , 249, 288, 297;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries: Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department (1898) .


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

Published date: 1959