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JAMES , EDWARD ( 1569? - 1610? ), cleric and translator ;

b. in Glamorgan . He matriculated at Oxford from S. Edmund Hall , 11 March 1585/6 , at the age of 16; B.A. from Jesus College , 16 June 1589 ; M.A. , 8 July 1592 . He was appointed vicar of Caerleon , 2 Feb. 1595/6 , rector of Shire-Newton , 8 Aug. 1597 , rector of Llangattock-juxta-Usk , 15 April 1598 , vicar of Llangattock-feibion-Afel , 12 July 1599 , vicar of Llangattock-juxta-Neath , 23 July 1603 , and chancellor of Llandaff in 1606 . In 1606 he translated into Welsh Certain Sermons or Homilies , under the title Pregethau a osodwyd allan trwy awdurdod i'w darllein ymhob Eglwys blwyf a phob capel er adailadaeth i'r bobl annyscedig. Gwedi eu troi i'r iaith Gymeraeg drwy waith Edward James … 1606 . A reprint of the Homiliau was published by John Roberts of Tremeirchion ( 1775 - 1829 ) (q.v.) in 1817 and another by Nicander ( Morris Williams , q.v.) in 1847 . As there are no extant Llandaff diocesan records of this period, the date of James 's death is not known; J. C. Morrice gives it as 1610 , but no successor was appointed until 1620 ( D. R. Phillips , Hist. of the Vale of Neath , 76).

Sources:

  • Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Clerical Institutions Wales ending 1840 ( NLW MS 1626);
  • G. J. Williams , Traddodiad Llenyddol Morgannwg , 1948 .

Author:

David Gwenallt Jones, M.A., (1899-1968), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959