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QUARRELL , THOMAS (d. 1709 ), Puritan preacher, free-communion Baptist .

He was probably of the same family as the first husband of the first wife of Vavasor Powell ( Paul Quarrell ), as James Quarrell of Shrewsbury (q.v.) , and as the two Quarrell s who appear in the records of the Llanfyllin congregation. At first he was usher of the Puritan school at Montgomery and remained there until the Restoration . In 1669 he was living at Whitchurch , near Cardiff , and breaking the penal laws by preaching in secret conventicles at Eglwysilan , Llanedern , Marshfield , and Bedwas . In 1670 he (and two others) received a letter from Vavasor Powell a little before his death enclosing a small gift of money. In 1672, on 25 July , he received a licence to preach in the house of John Maurice at Shirenewton ; in 1675 Henry Maurice assigns an important place to Quarrell amongst the Dissenters of Monmouthshire . It is clear from Maurice 's account that he was a Baptist , a free-communionist , pastor of the flock, once attended by William Thomas (d. 1671 ) (q.v.) before his death in 1671 , with its headquarters at Llantrisant . Quarrell represented this extensive church in the London Assembly of 1689 , an assembly open to all Baptists , ‘free’ as well as ‘close.’ He d. in 1709 .


  • Lambeth Manuscripts 639 (187-8), 972 (67-8);
  • Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series , Chas. II, E.B. 38A, 209;
  • Broadmead Records (1847, 1865) , Add. B, 516;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru (1893–1907) , ii, 399, 445-6;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 260;
  • Jenkins , Hanes Cynulleidfa Hen Gapel Llanuwchllyn (1937) , 70-2.


Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959