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POWELL , THOMAS ( 1572? - 1635? ), attorney and author ;

b. about 1572 , a native of Diserth, Rads. He became a student of Gray's Inn , 30 Jan. 1592-3 , but was more interested in literature than in law. He wrote a number of works in both verse and prose, but to-day he is best remembered for his pioneer work on the public records. On 13 Nov. 1613 he was appointed attorney-general in the Marches of Wales , but resigned his post, 5 Aug. 1622 . In the same year he published his Direction for Search of Records remaining in the Chauncerie, Tower, Exchequer, etc. , and, in 1631 , his Repertorie of Records , for which he made use of notes collected by Arthur Agarde , deputy chamberlain in the Exchequer . Other legal works by him are The Attorney's Academy , 1623 , and The Attorney's Almanacke , 1627 . He d. about 1635 .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • David C. Douglas , English Scholars (London, 1939) , 347.


Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959