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HEYLIN ( HEILYN or HEYLYN ), ROWLAND ( 1562? - 1631 ), publisher of Welsh books ; he was descended from the ancient Powys family of Heylin of Pentreheylin (on the Vyrnwy ), who had held the estate since the middle ages, claiming descent, through Rhys Sais (d. 1070 ), from Tudur Trevor , and the hereditary office of heilyn ( cupbearer ) to the princes of Powys . One of his ancestors ( Grono ab Heilyn ) was envoy from Llywelyn ap Gruffydd ( 1254 - 1282 ) (q.v.) to Edward I in 1277 . Rowland Heylin was apprenticed ( 26 April 1567 ) to Thomas Wade , a London merchant , was made free of the Ironmongers’ Company (of which he twice became master ) in 1584 , became treasurer to the Muscovy Co. in 1623 , and was elected alderman and sheriff in 1624 . He made a considerable fortune, and used it in co-operation with Sir Thomas Myddelton ( 1550 - 1631 ) (q.v.) , to finance the publication of Welsh books , which issued from the London press in large numbers, 1630-32 . They included the Welsh - Latin dictionary of John Davies ( 1570? - 1644 ) (q.v.) of Mallwyd , the translation by Rowland Vaughan (q.v.) of the Practice of Piety , of bishop Lewis Bayly (q.v.) , and the Welsh quarto Bible 'of 1630 , bound up with the Welsh Prayer Book and the psalter of Edmund Prys (q.v.) . He d., childless, in 1631 . He impressed contemporaries as ‘a man of singular goodness.’ His portrait hangs in Ironmongers’ Hall . With him ended the direct line of Heylin of Pentreheylin , the estate passing through the marriage of his daughter to the Niccols and the Congreves . His nephew Henry Heylin became the father of PETER HEYLIN ( 1599 - 1662 ), a theologian , who is noticed in D.N.B.

Bibliography:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series , Record Publication , 1623-5, 56 ;
  • Cambrian Register , three volumes, 1795–1818 , 1795 ;
  • History of the Princes, the Lords Marcher, and the Ancient Nobility of Powys Fadog , i, 301 ff, ii, 88;
  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1897-8, 17-19 ;
  • J. Ballinger , The Bible in Wales , 1906 , 1906 , 26-9;
  • The Gentleman's Magazine , 1731-1922. For a long period two volumes appeared annually—these are referred to as, e.g. ‘1776 i’ and ‘1776 ii’ , 1804 , ii, 723;
  • J. C. Morrice , Wales in the Seventeenth Century its literature and men of letters and action , Bangor, 1918 , 79, 108-9.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Arthur Herbert Dodd, M.A., (1891-1975), Bangor

Corrections and additions:

HEYLIN , ROWLAND ( DWB , 356). Rowland Heylin was a member of the Heylin family of Pentreheilyn , Llanymynech , who claimed descent from Brochwel Ysgithrog . There was no relationship between this family and the Heylin family of Pentreheilyn , Ellesmere , who descended from Rhys Sais . See George Vernon , ‘ Life of Peter Heylin ’ in The Historical and Miscellaneous Tracts of … Peter Heylin ( 1681 ). The reference to Rhys Sais (and Powys Fadog in the bibliography) should be deleted. Henry Heylin was, apparently, a cousin, not a nephew, of Rowland Heylin , and it is questionable whether Grono ab Heilyn was an ancestor of the family. See also the corrections to EDWARDS ( Cilhendre ) , and HOLBACHE , DAVID .

Author:

Peter Clement Bartrum, Berkhamsted, Herts