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OWEN , JOHN ( 1757 - 1829 ), writer on religious topics ;

b. in 1757 at Machynlleth , where for many years he had a grocer's business and was also partner with Hugh Williams the Chartist lawyer ( 1796 - 1874 ) (q.v.) in the Dylife lead mines . He joined the Methodists in early life, but though a stout Methodist he disapproved of the secession of 1811 . On his wife's death, he removed to Llangyndeyrn, Carms. , where he d. in 1829 , aged 72. He was interested in theology and in astronomy , and his literary output is rather surprising when we consider his career. In 1788 he published Troedigaeth Atheos , a kind of epic in imitation of Williams of Pantycelyn 's Theomemphus , with notes borrowed mostly from Golwg ar y Byd by Dafydd Lewys of Cadoxton-juxta-Neath (q.v.) — this work, described in Llyfryddiaeth y Cymry 633, went to a second edition in 1818 (and a third in 1871 ). In 1797 he published Golygiadau ar Achosion ag Effeithiau'r Cyfnewidiad yn Ffrainc , a noteworthy manifesto of the Welsh Methodist attitude towards political problems (analysis in J. J. Evans , Dylanwad y Chwyldro Ffrengig , 169-70). To 1818 belongs his Golygiad ar Adfywiad Crefydd yn yr Eglwys Sefydledig yng Nghymru o ddeutu y flwyddyn 1737 , a work occasioned by the death of John Evans ( 1723 - 1817 ) (q.v.) of Bala , and containing notes on Methodist preachers . Owen also published Difrifol Ystyriaeth , 1789 , Tair Cerdd Newydd , 1795 , and Golygiad ar Athrawiaeth y Drindod ac ar Berson Crist , 1820 . His grandson, David Charles Lloyd-Owen , is separately noticed.


  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies (1894) ;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries: Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department (1898) ;
  • and the above references.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959