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OWEN , ELIAS ( 1833 - 1899 ), cleric and antiquary ; b. in 1833 , the son of James Owen , who farmed in Llandysilio parish, Mont. , but later settled at Llanidloes . Trained for the teaching profession, Elias Owen was appointed headmaster of Llanllechid National School . Here he began to evince interest in archaeological matters . He devoted his attention to the antiquities of the parish, publishing the results of his researches in the North Wales Chronicle , and in Arch. Camb. , under the title Arvona Antiqua , 1866 , 1867 (with map), 1872 . While at Llanllechid he m. Margaret Pierce . In 1871 he took the degree of B.A. at Trinity College , Dublin , proceeding M.A. in 1878 . Ordained deacon in 1871 ( priested 1872 ) by the bishop of Bangor , he became curate of Llanwnnog, Mont. , whence, in 1875 , he moved to Holy Trinity , Oswestry . The following year he was appointed diocesan inspector of schools ( S. Asaph ), which office he held till 1881 , when he accepted the living of Efenechtyd , near Ruthin . In 1892 he was presented to the incumbency of Llanyblodwel , where he remained till his death, 19 May 1899 , at the age of 65, and where he was buried.

He continued to be a diligent student of antiquities , and was elected F.S.A. A prolific writer , his best-known literary work is The Old Stone Crosses of the Vale of Clwyd , 1886 . Another work, Welsh Folklore , 1896 , was a prize-essay at the 1887 national eisteddfod ( London ). He also edited ( 1895 ) the works of Griffith Edwards ( Gutyn Padarn ) . At the time of his death he was engaged on a book on ‘ The Holy Wells of North Wales ,’ the uncompleted manuscript of which is preserved in the N.L.W. He contributed many articles to Arch. Camb. , The Antiquary , The Reliquary , Montgomeryshire Collections , etc.

Bibliography:

  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 24 May 1899 ;
  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1901 , 322;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ; Collections Historical and Archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire , xxxi, 201.

Author:

Canon Ellis Davies, M.A., F.S.A., (1872-1962), Caerwys