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LEWIS , ELLIS ( fl. 1640-1661 ), translator ;

b. at Llwyn-gwern , Llanuwchllyn, Mer. , son of Cadwaladr Lewis ap Howel ap John and his wife Elizabeth , daughter of Ellis Fychan , Brynllech , also in Llanuwchllyn . Little is known of Ellis Lewis except for references to him (and to his father) in Subsidy Rolls , etc. There exists a document of 16 Aug. 1641 which shows that he possessed much land in the parishes of Llanuwchllyn and Llanycil . His wife was Ellen , daughter of Robert Anwyl , Parc , Llanfrothen (see the article on that family), by Catrin , daughter of Sir John Owen (q.v.) , Clenennau, Caerns. He is known as the translator of Ystyriaethau Drexelius ar Dragwyddoldeb Gwedi eu cyfieithu yn gyntafyn Saeson-aeg gan Dr. R. Winterton, ac yr awrhon yn Gymraeg gan Ellis Lewis o'r Llwyn-gwernyn Sir Feirion, Wr-bonheddig ( Oxford , 1661 ).

Sources:

  • ‘Subsidy Rolls,’ 1600, 1630;
  • information upon the Anwyl connection from Mr. P. H. Lawson , Chester.

Author:

Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959