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LLUELYN (or LLEWELLIN ), MARTIN ( 1616 - 1682 ), poet and physician

son of Martin Lluelyn of London ; b. 12 Dec. 1616 . His Welsh origin seems to be attested by his name. There is, besides, the description of his son George by Burney ( History of Music , 1789 , 3, 495 n.) as ‘ a Jacobitical, musical, and Welsh parson .’ He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church , Oxford , where he graduated ( B.A. 1640 and M.A. 1643 ). In the Civil War he joined the Royalist forces and reached the rank of captain . Ejected from Oxford in 1648 by the Parliamentary visitors, he went to London to practice as a physician . He became M.D. (Oxon.) in 1653 , and a Fellow of the College of Physicians in 1659 . He wrote verses to celebrate the return of Charles II , and in 1660 successfully petitioned for the post of physician extraordinary to that monarch . The same year he was appointed principal of S. Mary Hall , Oxford . While at Christ Church he was prominent in the production of plays at Oxford , and actually wrote a play for production on the occasion of the king's visit to the university in 1661 . But all his published works consist of poetry. In 1664 he left Oxford and settled at High Wycombe, Bucks. , where he again practised as a physician , and was made a J.P. and mayor . He d. 17 March 1681/2.

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , and authorities there cited;
  • Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series , Record Publication Charles II , 1660-1 , 1661-2;
  • Barker and Stenning , A Supplementary Volume to The Record of Old Westminsters. Comprising … addenda and corrigenda to the original work [by G. F. R. Barker and A. H. Stenning] … a biographical list of all those who have been admitted to the school from Play Term 1919 to Election Term 1937 , London, 1938 , 1928;
  • British Museum. Catalogue of Printed Books , 1882 .

Author:

John James Jones, M.A., (1892-1957), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959