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LEWES , ERASMUS ( 1663? - 1745 ), cleric ;

the sixth and youngest son of Captain John Lewes (below), Gernos , in the parish of Llangunllo (‘ Llanvayer ’ according to Foster , Alumni Oxon .), Cards. He entered Jesus College , Oxford , 22 Feb. 1683/4 , aged 20, graduating in 1688 . He became vicar of Roch, Pembs. , 16 June 1692 , and vicar of Brawdy, Pembs. , 5 Mar. 1694 . In 1695 he became rector of Betws Bledrws and vicar of Lampeter, Cards. S. R. Meyrick ( Hist. of the County of Cardigan ) quotes the inscription on his memorial tablet in Lampeter church; he is said to have d. 19 Feb. 1744/5 aged 82. English sermons in his handwriting are in NLW MS. 510 , some of them written in 1693 ; NLW MS. 744 contains general notes written by him in English and in Latin .

His father, JOHN LEWES , deserves to be remembered since it was ‘at the request of the Reverend Captain Lewes of Gernos ’ that Moses Williams ( DWB , 1060) undertook the task of translating Vickers 's Companion to the Altar into Welsh . It was published in London in 1715 under the title Cydymmaith i'r Allor, Yn dangos, Anian ac Angenrheidrwydd Ymbaratoad Sacrafennaidd, Modd y derbynniom y Cymmun Bendigedig yn Deilwng .


  • See also NLW MS 1626 ;
  • West Wales Historical Records (1910–29) , iii, 265-6;
  • Foster , Index to the bishops' 'Composition Books' in the P.R.O. The original Index is also in the P.R.O., but copies are available, e.g. in N.L.W. MSS. 1626-7. The 1800-40 section is printed in , 1890 ;
  • J. Ifano Jones , A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 (1925) , 36.


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001