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REYNOLDS , JOHN ( fl. 1739 ), antiquary ;

son of Jacob Reynolds of Chirk and Margaret , third daughter of Edward Davies of Rhiwlas , Llansilin , and a sister of John Davies ( 1652 - post 1716 ) (q.v.) , the well-known genealogist . He m. Eleanor , daughter of John Burgess of Oswestry , and resided in that town. He was himself an antiquary and made great use of the manuscripts of his uncle, John Davies , which came into his possession after the death of the latter. In 1736 he published Heraldry Displayed , a second edition of A Display of Herauldry by Davies , published in 1716 . In 1739 he published The Scripture Genealogy. Beginning at Noah and To which is added the Genealogy of the Caesars and Also, a Display of Herauldry of the particular Coat of Armours now in use in the Six Counties of North Wales etc. This book, which has no great merit, is extremely rare. A copy is included among the Pen. MSS. (146) , now in the National Library of Wales . The Library also possesses an imperfect copy of the same work ( N.L.W. MS. 7192 ).


  • W. Rowlands , Cambrian Bibliography (Llanidloes, 1869) , 311, 371, 380;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries: Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department (1898) ;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1930-1 , 178, 181;
  • J. Reynolds , The Scripture Genealogy … to which is added, the genealogy of the Caesars, British kings … with the gentlemen of North Wales … also a display of herauldry of the particular coat armours now in use in the six counties of North Wales … (Chester, 1739) , 117-18.


Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959