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JENKINS , WALTER (d. 1661 ), early Welsh Quaker ;

b. in the mansion of Pant , Llanfihangel Ystum (‘Ystern’) Llewern, Mon. , son of Thomas Jenkins , squire and rector of that parish (d. 1649 ). The son met George Fox , so Fox says, in a conference in Leicestershire in 1655 . When in 1657 Fox visited South Wales , ‘ Justice Jenkins ’ was with him at a meeting in a church somewhere between Brecon and Pontypool . He suffered for his Quakerism ; at the end of Jan. 1660 he was haled from his bed and locked up ‘in an old castle’; next day he was taken to Monmouth , and had an oath tendered to him — on his refusal, he was imprisoned at Monmouth . He d. 30 May 1661 , according to his tombstone in the burial ground at Pant which he had given to the Friends . Quaker services were held at Pant up to the end of the 18th cent. ; the house came later on into the possession of Sir Joseph Bradney (q.v.) , the antiquary . Jenkins 's book, The Law given forth out of Zion , published 1663 , was translated into Welsh by his grandson Elisha Beadles (q.v.) .


  • Bradney , A History of Monmouthshire , I, i, 130;
  • Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , i, 178, 211;
  • T. M. Rees , A history of the Quakers in Wales and their emigration to North America (1925) ;
  • Cambrian Bibliography (Llanidloes, 1869) , 305.


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

Published date: 1959