Henry Owen was educated at Ruthin school and Jesus College , Oxford ; he matriculated in April 1736 at 19, graduated in 1739 and again (in medicine) in 1746 , and took his M.D. in 1753 . He was ordained in 1746 , and was curate and physician in Gloucestershire for three years, after which he gave up his medical practice on account of ill-health. He became chaplain to a gentleman , who in 1752 , presented him to the rectory of Terling , Essex ; he was also curate at Stoke Newington . He was elected F.R.S. in 1753 . In 1760 he was appointed rector of S. Olave's , Hart Street , near the Tower (and therefore the Navy Office ); and in 1775 , while he was chaplain to bishop Barrington of Llandaff , the bishop gave him the additional living of Edmonton . He d. at Edmonton , 14 Oct. 1795 . For his children and descendants, see Powys Fadog , loc. cit.
There is no doubt at all of Owen 's scholarship — in mathematics, in classics, in Hebrew and Greek Biblical criticism . But he also interested himself in Welsh antiquities, and in the Welsh manuscripts belonging to William Jones ( 1675? - 1749 ) (q.v.) . True, Sir John Lloyd was convinced that the attribution to Owen of the 1775 History of Anglesea , including an essay on Owain Glyn Dŵr attributed to Thomas Ellis of Dolgelley (these attributions are made in Llyfryddiaeth y Cymry ), is erroneous — the History , says Sir John , was by John Thomas ( 1736 - 1769 ) (q.v.) of Beaumaris , and the essay was the work of Robert Vaughan (q.v.) of Hengwrt . Still, Owen certainly brought out the 2nd ed. of Mona Antiqua Restaurata , by Henry Rowlands ( 1655 - 1723 ) (q.v.) . He was a prominent Cymmrodor , and acted as reviser of the papers sent up to be read before the society . There is much talk of him in the Morris Letters . He was a neighbour and friend of Richard Morris 's — not that this prevented Richard from satirical references to his marriage to a woman very much younger than himself (and a bishop 's daughter), or from telling his brothers that Owen was ‘ a miserly devil, who changed his maidservants almost every week .’ All three brothers pestered Owen for advice in their frequent and varied illnesses. Owen himself was a sickly man — ' a thin man .’ Other friends of his were Silvanus Bevan (q.v.) and John Evans ( 1702 - 1782 ) (q.v.) .
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Dr Llewelyn Gwyn Chambers, Bangor
Published date: 1959