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JONES , ROBERT ( 1706? - 1742 ), country gentleman ;

b. at Fonmon Castle, Glam. , son of Robert Jones ( 1681 - 1715? ), M.P. for Glamorgan ( 1710 , 1713 , and 1714 ), and great-grandson of colonel Philip Jones (q.v.) . He was educated at Christ Church , Oxford , where he was a contemporary of Charles Wesley (matriculated 24 April 1724 ), but returned to his estate at Fonmon without graduating. He was sheriff of Glamorgan in 1729 . In 1732 he m. Mary , daughter of Robert Forrest , of Minehead , Somerset ; there were five children, one son and four daughters. From time to time he received both Howel Harris (q.v.) and Charles Wesley at Fonmon Castle , but his leanings towards Arminianism made him a devoted friend and active follower of Wesley , on behalf of whom he exercised his influence to enable him to preach in various churches in the Vale of Glamorgan . He d. 8 June 1742 and was buried at Penmark, Glam.

Sources:

  • G. T. Clark , Limbus Patrum Morganiae et Glamorganiae (1886) ;
  • NLW MS (Fonmon), no. 6;
  • Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society , iii, iv, xxvi;
  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , iii, vii, 18;
  • The journal of the Rev. John Wesley, enlarged from original mss., with notes from unpublished diaries, annotations, maps, and illustrations (1938) (ed. Curnock ), ii, 564, 505, 518, iii, 29.

Author:

Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959