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OWEN , EDWARD ( 1728/9 - 1807 ), cleric and schoolmaster ;

son of David Owen , of Llangurig, Mont. (see under Owen family of Cefn-hafodau ). He matriculated from Jesus College , Oxford , 22 March 1745/6 , at the age of 17. He graduated B.A. 1749 , and M.A. 1752 . In 1752 he was appointed master of the free grammar school , Warrington . In 1763 he became incumbent of Sankey Chapel , Warrington , and, in 1767 , rector of Warrington . He was a very good scholar , and obtained a good name for himself both as clergyman and schoolmaster . Many of his pupils subsequently became prominent men. He was of a particularly benevolent disposition and befriended Goronwy Owen when the latter was curate at Walton . He took prominent part in the social and literary life of Warrington , and was president of the Warrington library . His chief published work is his Satires of Juvenal and Persius, translated into English Verse (two vols., 1785 ; later editions, 1786 and 1810 ). He also published school Latin grammars . Gilbert Wakefield speaks of Owen as ‘ a man of most elegant learning, unimpeachable veracity and peculiar benevolence of heart .’ But Thomas Seddons lampooned him in Characteristic Strictures , 1779 . His portrait is preserved in Warrington Museum . He d. 5 April 1807 .


  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , and authorities therein cited;
  • NLW MS 9268;
  • British Museum. Catalogue of Printed Books (1882) ;
  • J. H. Davies in The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1922-3 (appendix, with portrait);
  • The Letters of Goronwy Owen (1723–69) (1924) (ed. J. H. Davies ), 67, 142-3.


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

Published date: 1959