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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 , 1893 ff , 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 John Wesley enlarged from original mss., with notes from unpublished diaries, annotations, maps, and illustrations , 1938 (ed.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