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LUCAS , RICHARD ( 1648 - 1715 ), cleric and author ;

b. at Presteigne, Rads. , the son of Richard Lucas . Educated at Jesus College , Oxford , he graduated B.A. 1668 , M.A. 1672 , and was a Fellow 1671-84 . Entering holy orders he was for several years master of the free school at Abergavenny . In 1678 he became rector of S. Stephens , Coleman Street , London , and in 1683 lecturer at S. Olaves , Southwark . He was awarded the degree of D.D. in 1691 , and in 1697 was appointed prebendary of Westminster . He had lost his sight previous to this appointment. Lucas enjoyed a high reputation both as preacher and writer . His published works include, Enquiry after Happiness , 1685 ; Practical Christianity or an account of the Holiness which the Gospel enjoins , 1690 ; Christian Thoughts for every day in the week ; The Plain Man's Guide to Heaven , 1692 ; The Morality of the Gospel ; Influence of Conversation , 1707 ; The Duty of Servants , 1710 . He also translated The Whole Duty of Man into Latin . Several volumes of his sermons were published by his son. He d. 29 June, 1715 , and was buried in Westminster abbey .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Wood , Athenae Oxonienses , 1813–20. Sometimes cited in the first (1691-2) edn , iv, 722;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 190;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 ;
  • NLW MS 9265;
  • Hardy , Jesus College , 1899 .

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959