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LANGFORD , JOHN ( 1640? - 1715/6? );

b. at Ruthin (see the article on the Langford family of Allington, Gresford ). He was admitted to Christ Church , Oxford , 23 July 1656 ; B.A. 1659-60 , M.A. from Jesus College , Cambridge 1669 . He was appointed rector of Efenechtyd, Denbs. , 1 April 1663 , rector of Derwen, Denbs. , 20 May 1672 , and rector of Llanelidan, Denbs. , 19 June 1684 . He published a translation of The Whole Duty of Man under the title, Holl Ddled-swydd Dyn, Gwedi ei osod ar lawr mewn ffordd hynod ac eglur, defnyddiol i bawb, and yn enwedig i'r darllenydd mwyaf annyscedig … A gyfiaithwyd yn Gymro-aeg gan Jo. Langford A.M. … 1672 ; on page 412 will be found the words: Dwywolder neillduol ar amryw achosion yn gystal cyfredinol ac angyffredinol … . 1671 . There was a 2nd imp. in 1711 . The book was also translated by Edward Samuel (q.v.) in 1718 and this was one of the most popular S.P.C.K. translations in Wales . The original English version was published in 1658 and it is generally believed that Dr. Richard Allestree was the author . Extracts used occasionally to be read as sermons in the churches.

Sources:

  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • A. Ivor Pryce , Diocese of Bangor During Three Centuries, seventeenth to nineteenth century inclusive being a digest of the registers of the bishops , 1929 ;
  • ‘Hanes y S.P.C.K. yn sir Gaerfyrddin o 1700 hyd 1730’ by Mary Clement (M.A. dissertation).

Author:

David Gwenallt Jones, M.A., (1899-1968), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959