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LEWIS , JOHN ( fl. 1646-1656 ), of Glasgrug, Cards. , Puritan author ;

son of James Lewis of Cwmowen , and Mary his wife, heiress of Glasgrug . ( S. R. Meyrick , History and Antiquities … of … Cardigan , 1907 ed., 308.) As a Presbyterian , he advocated acceptance of the Covenant during the Civil War , and his report for Parliament was acknowledged in his appointment as one of the Commissioners of the Act for Propagation ( 1650 ). His pamphlet in support of Parliament had appeared in 1646 under the title Contemplations upon these Times . In his correspondence with Richard Baxter and Dr. John Ellis (d. 1665 ) (q.v.) , Dolgelley , he advocated the setting up of a national college in Wales for training ministers . In 1656 he published Some Seasonable and Modest Thoughts . In the same year he was made a J.P. for the county of Cardigan .


  • The Parliament explained to Wales (1907) (Cymd. Lien. Cymru), 1907, 3-4 ;
  • Wales, a National Magazine for the English speaking parts of Wales (1894–7) , 1896, 121-4 ;
  • T. Richards , A History of the Puritan Movement in Wales (1920) and Religious Developments in Wales, 1654–1662 (1923) , passim .


Reverend Principal Robert Tudur Jones, D.Phil., (1921-98), Bangor

Published date: 1959