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THOMAS , JOSHUA (d. 1759? ), cleric and translator ;

b. at Penpes in the parish of Llanlleonfel , Brecknock . He was curate at Tir yr Abad , Brecknock , in 1739 , became vicar of Merthyr Cynog in 1741 and from 1746 held the living of Llanbister, Rads. , in addition; in 1758 he became vicar of Kerry, Mont. He published Undeb mewn Gwlad, neu Bregeth Ynghylch y Newidiad Diweddar a wnaed yn y Flwyddyn ( Shrewsbury , 1753? ) — a sermon explaining the significance of the change of reckoning time (in 1752 ) from ‘Old Style’ to ‘New Style.’ He had previously published Y Fuchedd Gris'nogol, o'i Dechreu, i'w Diwedd mewn Gogoniant … gan Joan Scott, D.D., Person S. Giles yn y Meusydd yn Llundain. A Chyfieithad Josua Thomas, Ficer Llanbister yn Sir Faesyfed, a Merthyr Cynog ym Mrycheiniog, a Chaplain i'r Gwir Anrhydeddus Iarll Powis ( London , John Oliver , 1752 ). (The list of subscribers to this volume is very interesting.)

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , and the sources given therein;
  • The Radnorshire Society. Transactions , 1931 ff , 1949 , xix, 47.

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959