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JONES , JOHN ( 1766? - 1827 ), classical scholar and Unitarian divine ;

b. at Wernfelen near Llandovery, Carms. , the son of a farmer . When about 14 years of age, he entered Christ College School , Brecon [then under David Griffith ( 1726 - 1816 ) (q.v.) ], and remained there until 1783 . He later became a divinity student at Hackney College , London . In 1792 he became assistant tutor at the Presbyterian Academy at Swansea , but left in 1795 , when he became minister of the Unitarian congregation at Plymouth . In 1798 he moved to Halifax, Yorks. , establishing a school there, and being also minister of Northgate End Chapel in that town, 1802-4 . He moved to London in 1804 , settling there as a tutor in classics . His first wife, the daughter of Abraham Rees (q.v.) , the encyclopaedist , died without issue in 1815 ; in 1817 he m., as his second wife, Anna , daughter of George Dyer , Sawbridgeworth, Herts. He was a member of the Philological Society of Manchester , and (in 1818? ) was awarded the LL.D. degree of Aberdeen University . He was also a trustee of the Dr. Daniel Williams foundations, and a few years before his death became a member of the Royal Society of Literature . He d. at Great Coram Street , London , 10 Jan. 1827 . His publications are indicative of his twofold interests — the classics and divinity.

He published A Development of … Events calculated to restore the Christian Religion to its … Purity , 1800 ; The Epistle … to the Romans analysed , 1801 ; Illustrations of the Four Gospels , 1808 ; A Grammar of the Greek Tongue , 1808 ; A Grammar of the Latin Tongue , 1810 ; Ecclesiastical Researches, or Philo and Josephus proved to be … Apologists of Christ , 1812 ; A new version of the first three Chapters of Genesis , 1819 ; A series of … Facts, demonstrating the Truth of the Christian Religion , 1820 ; A Greek and English Lexicon , 1823 ; A Reply to … ‘a New Trial of the Witnesses’ , 1824 ; The principles of Lexicography , 1824 ; Three Letters in which is demonstrated the Genuineness of 1 … John v. 7 , 1825 ; The Tyro's Greek and English Lexicon , 2nd ed., 1825 ; An Exposure of the Hamiltonian System of Teaching , 1826 ; An Explanation of the Greek Article , 1827 ; The Book of the Prophet Isaiah translated , 1830 , posthumously — the last work. He edited an edition of Entick 's Latin Dictionary , 1824 , and contributed largely to periodicals, especially the Monthly Repository .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • The Gentleman's Magazine , April 1827 ;
  • NLW MS 9262;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen , 1852 ;
  • Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol , 1875 .

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959