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EDWARDS , THOMAS ( 1652 - 1721 ), cleric and Coptic scholar ;

b. at Llanllechid, Caerns. He attended school at Bangor , proceeded to S. John's College , Cambridge , in 1670 , graduated B.A. in 1673 , and M.A. in 1677 . For some time, ending with Dr. Edmund Castell 's death in 1685 , Edwards lived with this learned professor of Arabic at Cambridge . He then became chaplain of Christ Church , Oxford , apparently in order to pass through the press the Coptic New Testament held up by the death of its editor Dr. Thomas Marshall in 1675 . Owing to the death ( 1686 ) of John Fell , bishop of Oxford , his patron (credited by Schwartze with persuading him to take up Coptic ), further publication of the Coptic N.T. was suspended, and he was never able to publish even a specimen of his manuscript Coptic lexicon compiled from various sources and preserved in the Bodleian library . From 1690-1708 he was vicar of Badby, Northants ; then rector of Aldwinckle All Saints until his death 5 Sept. 1721 . His only published works seem to be A Discourse Against Extempore Prayer ( London , 1703 ), criticized by Ed. Calamy in such a way as to provoke Diocesan Episcopacy proved from Holy Scripture ( London , 1705 ).


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Venn , Alumni Cantabrigienses ;
  • M. G. Schwartze , Koptische Grammatik (Berlin, 1850) , 17.


Dafydd Rhys ap Thomas, M.A., B.D., Bangor

Published date: 1959