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JONES , JOHN ( 1700 - 1770 ), cleric and controversialist ;

son of John Jones , Llanilar, Cards. — not from Carmarthenshire , as said in D.N.B. He went to Worcester College , Oxford , in 1721 . He was ordained priest in 1726 and became curate of King's Walden, Herts. , and afterwards of Abbot's Ripton, Hunts. , becoming vicar of Alconbury , in the same county, in 1741 . Although he became rector of Bolnhurst , 1750-7 , and curate to Dr. Young ( author of Night Thoughts ) at Welwyn , 1757-65 , and, last of all, vicar of Sheephall, Herts. , it is as ‘The Vicar of Alconbury’ that he is better known. He made an attempt to change and improve the Book of Common Prayer in his Free and Candid Disquisitions ( 1749 ), a work which caused much controversy amongst clergymen ; similar concern was caused in 1765 when he published Catholic Faith and Practice . He d. 8 Aug. 1770 .

Sources:

  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1916 , 52-5;
  • The Gentleman's Magazine , 1811 , part i, 510;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Author:

Rev. Daniel Williams, (1878-1968), Llangollen

Published date: 1959