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OWEN , HUGH ( 1761 - 1827 ), cleric and local historian ;

son of Pryce Owen , physician , Shrewsbury (‘ Pryce Owen of Bettws,’ Mont. , according to R. Williams , Mont. Worthies , 2nd ed.), and his wife Bridget , daughter of John Whitfield . Although the connection of Hugh Owen with Wales is but slight he merits inclusion as the joint- author , with J. B. Blakeway , of A History of Shrewsbury , two vols., quarto, 1825 , a work which is still of value to Welsh historians . He was educated at S. John's College , Cambridge ( B.A. 1783 , M.A. 1807 ). He became vicar of S. Julian's , Shrewsbury , 1791 , prebendary of Gillingham Minor in the cathedral of Salisbury , 1803 , in 1819 presented to a ‘portion’ of the vicarage of Bampton, Oxon. , became archdeacon of Salop , 27 Dec. 1821 , and prebendary of Bishopshill , in the cathedral of Lichfield , 30 March 1822 , and, finally, he succeeded J. B. Blakeway as minister of the royal peculiar of S. Mary's , Shrewsbury , 1826. He d. at Shrewsbury 23 Dec. 1827 . His son, Edward Pryce Owen , is separately noticed.

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 (2nd. ed.).

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959