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PARK (or PARKES ), JAMES ( 1636 - 1696 ), Quaker ;

he was possibly b. in the Welshpool or Wrexham district or at least lived there for a period, and was one of the Independents of the one or the other — more probably Wrexham . He became a Quaker , and itinerated for the Friends here and abroad. He visited Wales in March 1662/3 , and on 9 March (at Wrexham ) wrote A Lamentation and Warning … to all the Professors in North Wales, especially to those about Wrexham … and Welsh-Pool, … whom formerly I have known and walked with in a fellowship and worship — an appeal to his Nonconformist friends to ‘ seek the light .’ This work does not appear in the list of his (seventeen) works, and he never published it; but he left a copy of it at Cloddiau Cochion , and Richard Davies ( 1635 - 1708 ) (q.v.) incorporated it in his own autobiography. Park died at Southwark, 11 or 12 Nov. 1696 , aged 60. The D.N.B. has an article on him, with a list of his works.


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

Published date: 1959