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JONES , BASSETT ( fl. 1634-1659 ), scholar and physician .

Son of Richard Jones , of Michaelston-super-Ely , and Jane , his wife, daughter of Thomas Bassett , esquire and high sheriff , of Miskin, Glam. Bassett entered Jesus College , Oxford , in 1634 , and afterwards the Dutch university of Franeker , and other seats of learning on the Continent , where he studied physics and chemistry. He returned home, and in 1648 (the year of the battle of S. Fagans ) was published in Oxford his Lapis chymicus philosophorum examini subjectus . He was involved in his family's dispute with Philip Jones over the manor of Wrinston, Glam. ; the documents of this affair were published in 1654 including Bassett Jones ’ petition to Cromwell and his comments on Philip Jones 's reply. In 1659 appeared his Hermaelogium, or, an Essay at the Rationality of the Art of Speaking. As a Supplement to Lillie's Grammar (sic), philosophically, mythologically and emblematically offered by B.J. ( London ).

Bassett Jones 's wife was Catherine , daughter of William Lloyd ; if she came from Brecknock this might help to explain the reference by G.T. Clark to the possession of lands in Pencelly , near Brecon , by Bassett Jones , although there is no reference to it in Theophilus Jones 's History of Brecknockshire . According to Richard Jones 's will (d. 1659 ), Bassett had a son, Thomas Jones , by a Marie Hughes , and a daughter Marie Jones , by a Katherine Miles . According to the pedigrees in the ‘ Golden Grove Book ’ he had no children from Catherine Lloyd , his wife.


  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1889 , 198-213;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • G. T. Clark , Limbus Patrum Morganiae et Glamorganiae (1886) ;
  • British Museum. Catalogue of Printed Books (1882) ;
  • Wood , Athenae Oxonienses (1813–20) ;
  • Harley Manuscript in the British Museum 6108 (51).


David Myrddin Lloyd, M.A., (1909-81), Aberystwyth / Scotland

Published date: 1959