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OWEN , WILLIAM ( 1750 - 1830 ), Evangelical cleric ,

the successor of Thomas Charles ‘of Bala ’ (q.v.) at Sparkford and Milbourne Port , Somerset ; b. in 1750 , eldest son of Joseph Owen , freeholder of Fron-goch , Nevern, Pembs. He was ordained deacon on 15 Aug. 1773 and priested on 6 Aug. 1775 . He was curate of his native parish of Nevern , 1775-9 , of Sparkford , 1783-5 , and of Milbourne Port , 1785-91 ; later he became perpetual curate of Milbourne Port . The bishop of Hereford gave him the vicarage of Almeley on 11 Dec. 1816 ; to that was added, on 6 March 1823 , the rectory of Ryme Intrinsica , Sherborne , of which the prince of Wales (afterwards king George IV ) was the patron. He often visited Pembrokeshire and, when his father died, became the owner of Frongoch . He was an active supporter of the Church Missionary Society . He d. 4 Feb. 1830 , and was buried at Sherborne .

Sources:

  • E. Morgan , A brief Memoir of the life and labours of the Rev. T. Charles, A.B. late of Bala, Merionethshire (London, Bala, 1828) , 196;
  • The Carmarthen Antiquary , ii, 193;
  • E. Morgan , Essays, letters, and interesting papers of the late Rev. Thomas Charles (London, 1836) , 359-60;
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles (Denbigh, 1908) , i, 518-9.

Author:

Reverend Daniel Williams, (1878-1968), Llangollen

Corrections and additions:

OWEN , WILLIAM ( 1750 - 1830 ; DWB , 723).

Read Milborne (not ‘Milbourne’) Port each time.

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Published date: 1959