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DAVIES , RANDOLPH ( RONDL ) (d. 1695 ), cleric and controversialist .

We have no information about his birth, parentage, education, and ordination. He was appointed vicar of Meifod, Mont. , 13 April 1647 , by the (Puritan) Commissioners of the Great Seal ; he was, therefore, an Anglican cleric who had conformed with the Commonwealth regime. Despite the statements that he was displaced by a Stephen Lewis at Meifod in 1648 , there can be no doubt that he remained vicar of Meifod until the Restoration ( 1660 ), when he once more conformed, being reappointed to the living by king Charles II under the Great Seal of the Realm , 25 Aug. 1660 , and receiving institution by the bishop of S. Asaph , 13 Aug. 1661 ; he also received the sinecure rectory of Cwm, Flints. He m., 10 June 1648 , Mary , daughter of John Williams , the loyalist vicar of Llanfyllin and Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant , and sinecure rector of Northop , and by her had a large family, all chr. between 1649 and 1666 . With two other authors he published in 1660 a work attacking the Quakers , and in 1675 he wrote as sole author A Tryall of Spirits or Profiad yr Ysprydion (published at Oxford ) against Papists , Presbyterians , Independents , and Quakers . Notwithstanding his published opinions he is said to have interceded with bishop William Lloyd ( 1627 - 1717 ) of S. Asaph on behalf of a body of Independents living in his own parish: his great desire seems to have been to live at peace with all men, especially with his own ecclesiastical superiors and his neighbours. He was buried 24 Feb. 1695 .

Sources:

  • W. Rowlands , Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 ;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph ;
  • J. C. Morrice , Wales in the Seventeenth Century its literature and men of letters and action , Bangor, 1918 ;
  • T. Richards , (a) A History of the Puritan Movement in Wales , 1920 , (b) Religious Developments in Wales, 1654–1662 , 1923 , (c) Wales under the Penal Code, 1662-1687 , 1925 .

Author:

Chancellor John Williams James, D.D., Aber, Bangor

Published date: 1959