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JONES , RICHARD ( 1757? - 1814 ), cleric and writer ;

b. 1757? ordained deacon (Bangor) 1782 , with no degree given, but priested in 1783 as B.A. of Jesus College , Oxford ; he was licensed to the curacy of Ruthin , and may well have been usher at Ruthin school (other instances of this at Ruthin are known), for his obituary in The Cambrian says he was ‘ critically versed in the Hebrew , Greek , and Latin languages. ’ On 10 July 1806 he was instituted as rector of the adjoining parish of Llanychan , but his curacy at Ruthin seems to have continued — in 1810 he was instituted into the ‘ evening lectureship ’ there. He d. at Llanychan 23 April 1814 , ‘aged 57,’ according to his obituary notice. He published commentaries on the four Gospels ( seriatim , 1801 , 1802 , 1804 , 1807 ), and Taer alwad ar yr anystyriol ( Dolgellau , 1806 ). It seems certain also that he was the author of Undeb Crefyddol, neu Rybudd yn erbyn Schism ( Wrexham , 1792 ), which provoked, in 1793 , a reply ( Sylwadau ar Draethawd a elwir Undeb Crefyddol , etc.) by Thomas Jones ( 1756 - 1820 ) (q.v.) .


  • T. Llechid Jones in Yr Haul , 1939 , 330 (corrections, ibid., 367);
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles (Denbigh, 1908) , ii, 138.


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

Published date: 1959