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SHIPLEY , WILLIAM DAVIES ( 1745 - 1826 ), cleric ; b. at Midgeham, Berks. , 5 Oct. 1745 , son of Jonathan Shipley (below) and Anna Maria his wife. He was educated at Westminster and Winchester , and matriculated 21 Dec. 1763 at Christ Church , Oxford , graduating B.A. in 1769 and M.A. in 1771 . He was ordained deacon 11 March 1770 by bishop Yonge of Norwich , and priest by his father 18 March ; one day later he was appointed vicar of Ysgeifiog, Flints. His subsequent preferments included the vicariate of Wrexham ( 6 Feb. 1771 ), the sinecure rectory of Llangwm ( 11 April 1772 ), which he exchanged for Corwen ( 8 Jan. 1774 ) and Llanarmon-yn-Iâl ( 10 Jan. 1782 ), the chancellorship of the diocese ( 19 Nov. 1773 ), and the deanery ( 27 May 1774 ). These he held till his death at Botryddan , near Rhuddlan, Flints. , on 7 May 1826 . He was buried at Rhuddlan , and a life-size statue of him, with a laudatory inscription, stands in the chapter-house of S. Asaph cathedral . He published a tract written by his brother-in-law, Sir William Jones (q.v.) , on the principles of government, and after a protracted trial on a charge of seditious libel was ultimately discharged.

His father,



JONATHAN ( 1714 - 1788 ), son of Jonathan Shipley of Leeds and Martha his wife, was born at Twyford , and educated at Reading and S. John's College and Christ Church , Oxford . He took his B.A. in 1735 and his M.A. in 1738 , and after holding various ecclesiastical preferments became bishop of Llandaff early in 1769 , being translated to S. Asaph in the same year. He used to reside in his diocese for about a month annually.

Bibliography:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , i, 238, 255, 323, ii, 84, 149, 166, 213;
  • S. Asaph episcopal registers, N.L.W.;
  • A. G. Edwards , Memories , London, 1927 , 63-5.

Author:

Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth