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THOMAS , MESAC ( 1816 - 1892 ) colonial bishop ;

b. at Ty-poeth , Rheidol Valley , parish of Llanbadarn-fawr, Cards. , the son of John Thomas , schoolmaster , and Elizabeth his wife, and christened 21 May 1816 . He was educated at Oswestry and Shrewsbury schools, and at Trinity College , Cambridge , where he graduated B.A. in 1840 , M.A. in 1843 , and D.D. in 1863 . Ordained deacon in 1840 and priest in 1841 in the diocese of Worcester , he served two curacies in Birmingham before becoming successively vicar of Tuddenham , Suffolk ( 1843 ), and Atterbury , Warwickshire ( 1845 ). In 1851 he was appointed secretary of the Colonial and Continental Church Society , and in 1863 he was consecrated first bishop of Goulburn , New South Wales , Australia . He laboured there till his death on 16 March 1892 .

Sources:

  • Crockford's Clerical Directory ;
  • The Times , 17 March 1892 ;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1892 , 300;
  • Tony Vinson, Tenant in the Cathedral.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959