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JAMES (from 1910, HOPKIN-JAMES ), LEMUEL JOHN HOPKIN ( Hopcyn ; 1874 - 1937 ), cleric and antiquary ;

b. 2 Sept. 1874 at Treorchy , son of John and Margaret James , and descendant (in the fifth generation) of the poet Lewis Hopkin (q.v.) . From Cowbridge school he went in 1893 to Queens’ College , Cambridge , graduating in 1896 — much later, he incorporated at Trinity College , Dublin ( LL.B. 1920 , LL.D. 1921 ); he was also F.S.A. Ordained in 1897 and 1898 , he became curate at Usk ( 1897 ), Llangynwyd ( 1898 ), Maindee ( Newport, Mon. , 1901 ), and Llangattock , Barry ( 1906 ). Subsequently, he was vicar of Ystrad Mynach ( 1906-17 ), rector of Cowbridge and its associated churches ( 1917-24 ), vicar of S. Martins , Cardiff ( 1924-34 ), and vicar of Llanynys with Llanychan in the Vale of Clwyd ( 1934-5 ). He was canon of Llandaff in 1926 , and chancellor from 1930 till his death, 11 April 1937 . He was a most diligent writer , but of his numerous books (mostly concerned with church matters) four only concern us here: Hopkiniaid Morgannwg ( 1909 ), Hen Gwndidau ( 1910 — a collection edited in collaboration with Cadrawd (q.v.) ), Old Cowbridge ( 1922 ), and The Celtic Gospels ( 1934 ).

Sources:

  • Venn , Alumni Cantabrigienses ;
  • Hopkiniaid Morganwg , 1909 , 377-81.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959