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JONES , Sir THOMAS (d. 1731 ), first treasurer and secretary of the ‘Society of Antient Britons’ in London, and author

of the pamphlet The Rise and Progress of the Most Honourable and Loyal Society of Antient Britons , 1717 , frequently reprinted (in part) by that society. He was knighted in 1715 when the society presented a loyal address to George I , and is then described as ‘ Thomas Jones , of Lincoln's Inn , Barrister at Law .’ The only entry in that Inn's admission Register which seems to suit is that of ‘ Thomas Jones , of Chancery Lane , Gent.’, admitted 17 Feb. 1707-8 . But in the Gray's Inn register, under 20 Nov. 1713 , we find ‘ Thomas Jones , of Newcastle, co. Glam. , gent (admitted to Lincoln's Inn , February 10, 1707 , by certificate of John Hungerford , Treasurer ) .’ Despite the week's discrepancy, this would seem to be our man; if so he came from Bridgend . In Old Wales , i, 38, W. R. Williams prints the following notice, without however indicating its source: ‘ 1731, on 11 Jan. , died Sir Thomas Jones , at his house in Boswel Court , Treasurer and Secretary of the Most Honourable Society of Ancient Britons ; a Justice of the Peace and Register of Memorials relating to Estates for the County of Middlesex .’

Sources:

  • Y Cymmrodor , 1951 , 12-14.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959