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NEWCOME , RICHARD ( 1779 - 1857 ), cleric ,

b. 8 March 1779 at Gresford , near Wrexham , of which his father was vicar from 1764 to 1803 . Son of the Rev. Henry Newcome and Elizabeth his wife, and grand-nephew of Richard Newcome , bishop of Llandaff 1755-61 and of S. Asaph 1761-9 , he was educated at Ruthin School and Queens’ College , Cambridge , graduated B.A. ( 1800 ) and M.A. ( 1804 ), was ordained deacon in Sept. 1801 by bishop Bagot and priest by bishop Horsley of S. Asaph in Sept. 1803 . He was licensed to the curacy of Wrexham in March 1804 , and in June of the same year became warden of Ruthin and rector of Llanfwrog . These offices he held for forty-seven years. He was also canon of Bangor ( 1821 ), and archdeacon of Merioneth ( 1834 ) (the deanery of Dyffryn Clwyd was then in the diocese of Bangor ), and rector of Clocaenog ( 1829-34 ). In 1851 he retired from Ruthin and Llanfwrog and for the last six years of his life he was vicar of Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch in the Vale of Clwyd . He wrote Memoirs of Dean and Bishop Goodman , 1825 , and an account of the castles and towns of Ruthin and Denbigh , 1829 . He d. at Llanrhaeadr 7 Aug. 1857 , and was buried at Ruthin .


  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph ;
  • A. Ivor Pryce , Diocese of Bangor During Three Centuries, seventeenth to nineteenth century inclusive being a digest of the registers of the bishops (1929) ;
  • S. Asaph Ordination Papers, in N.L.W.;
  • F. Boase , Modern English Biography containing many thousand concise memiors of persons who have died since the year 1850, with an index of the most interesting matter , 1897 , ii, 1118;
  • A. O. Evans , A Chapter in the History of the Welsh Book of Common Prayer; or, the letters which were written preparatory to the revised edition of 1841. Annotated, with biographical sketches (Bangor, 1922) .


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959