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JONES , THOMAS (‘ Twm Shôn Catti ’; c. 1530 - 1609 ), landowner, antiquary, genealogist, and bard ,

of Fountain Gate near Tregaron, Cards. , the natural son of a Cardiganshire landowner . He is described in 1559 as ‘ Thomas Johns alias Catty . ’ The name of his first wife is unknown; his second, whom he m. in 1607 , was Joan , widow of Thomas Williams of Ystrad-ffin and daughter of Sir John Price of Brecon Priory ( 1502? - 1555 ) (q.v.) . His manuscripts begin about 1570 . He assisted George Owen and Lewys Dwnn (qq.v.) and the officers of the Heralds College . He was steward of Caron in 1601 . He d. in 1609 , the year in which his will was proved at Carmarthen . Apocryphal tales have been associated with his name, but his manuscripts show that he was not devoid of scholarship, and official records accord him the status of a country gentleman.

Sources:

  • The Carmarthen Antiquary , 1939 ;
  • Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series , Record Publication , 1611-8 , 130;
  • Notes and Queries , 1st ser., ii, 12;
  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1949 ;
  • manuscripts in N.L.W., B.M., and Cardiff Free Library.

Author:

A. David Fraser Jenkins, London

Corrections and additions:

JONES , THOMAS (‘ Twm Shon Catti ’; DWB , 513).

According to the diary of John Dee ( DWB , 166 ; above in the Supplement ) he was b. 1 Aug. or 10 Aug. 1532 ( J. Roberts and Andrew G. Watson , John Dee's Library Catalogue ( 1990 , 45-46). Thomas Jones visited Dee in London in 1590 and Manchester in 1596 , and they corresponded with each other in 1597 : Dee called him ‘my cousin’.

Sources:

  • J. O. Halliwell , The private Diary of Dr John Dee, and the catalogue of his library of manuscripts, from the original manuscripts in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford and Trinity College Library, Cambridge , London, Camden Society, 1842 , 1842 ;
  • see also Dafydd H. Evans in D. P. Davies (ed.), Coleg Dewi a'r Fro , Lampeter, 1984 (1984) , 8-22;
  • Yr Aradr , 7 (1996) , 174-89.

Author:

Published date: 1959