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THOMAS , LEWIS ( 1568 - 1619 ), cleric and author .

He is also known as Lewis Evans , alias Thomas , under which name he matriculated at Gloucester Hall , Oxford , 11 Dec. 1584 , at the age of 16. He graduated B.A. from Brasenose College , 15 Feb. 1586/7 . He was apparently a native of Radnorshire , but in the entry under the Thomas form of his name Foster ( Alumni Oxon. ), quoting the Rawlinson manuscript , says that ‘ he was beneficed to his native Glamorganshire .’ He published two volumes of sermons . The first, entitled, Seaven sermons: or the exercises of seaven Sabbaths … Together with a short treatise upon the Commandments , was, according to Arber ( Transcript of the Stationers' Register , iii, 140), published in 1599 , but no copy of this edition is known. The work went through at least eleven editions by 1630 . The second was Demegoriae: Certain Lectures upon Sundry Portions of Scripture , 1600 . This was dedicated to Sir Thomas Egerton , lord keeper of the great seal , one of Thomas 's first patrons.

Sources:

  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Wood , Athenae Oxonienses , 1813–20. Sometimes cited in the first (1691-2) edn ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen , 1852 ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Author:

John James Jones, M.A., (1892-1957), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959