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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 , 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, 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.

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Published date: 1959