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JONES , ROBERT ( 1769 - 1835 ), cleric ,

and friend of William Wordsworth ; b. at Plas-yn-llan , Llangynhafal , near Ruthin , in Nov. 1769 , the son of Edward Jones , attorney . He was educated at Ruthin Grammar School and S. John's College , Cambridge , where he was a fellow-student of Wordsworth 's. He accompanied the poet on one walking tour on the Continent in 1790 , and on another through North Wales in 1791 . Ordained at S. Asaph in 1792 , Jones was a Fellow of his college until 1806 , when he became rector of Souldern , Oxfordshire . Wordsworth visited him at Souldern in 1820 , and again in 1824 at the parsonage, Llanfihangel-glyn-myfyr , near Corwen . Jones remained rector of Souldern for the rest of his life, but spent various periods in North Wales . He d., unmarried, at Plas-yn-llan on 5 April 1835 . [He was a descendant of Richard Jones ( 1603? - 1673 ) (q.v.) .]

Sources:

  • T. H. Bowen , ‘Robert Jones’ in English , Spring 1950 ;
  • [1], Oxford, 1940. [2], Oxford, 1944. [3] , Oxford, 1947 , (ed. E. de Selincourt ), iii, 452;
  • Llechid Jones Manuscript at the National Library of Wales 23;
  • D. M. Lloyd , ‘Wordsworth and Wales’ in The National Library of Wales Journal , vi, 338-52.

Author:

Rev. Trevor Hugh Bowen, M.A., London / Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959