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HOWELL , THOMAS ( 1588 - 1646 ), bishop ;

brother of James Howell , author of the Epistolae (q.v.) , uncle of the James Howell who was in turn a Puritan minister and an Anglican pluralist , and who was godfather also to James Owen (q.v.) , the famous Nonconformist . As far as Wales is concerned the interest of the bishop arises solely from this family concatenation. Some indeed accused him of being somewhat of a Puritan , but the impression left by his many promotions at the hands of Charles I , especially his appointment to the see of Bristol in 1644 at a critical juncture in the royal fortunes, and by the tributes paid him by David Lloyd and Thomas Fuller , is that he was the most loyal of Anglicans (he was the last bishop to be consecrated in England for sixteen years).


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • A History of Carmarthenshire , ii, 139, 143, 159.


Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959