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THOMAS , THOMAS ( 1776 - 1847 ), cleric and historian ;

son of John Thomas ( 1721 - 1795 ), rector of Aberporth , curate of Llandygwydd , Blaenporth and Llechryd , and schoolmaster at Llechryd . He was born at Tre-wen , Blaenporth , in 1776 , but the family moved to Henbant , Llandygwydd , about 1785 . Educated by his father and at the Carmarthen grammar school under Barker , he was ordained curate , 21 Sept. 1788 , and priest , 10 Oct. 1789 . He served a cure at Gloucester for a time and then returned to help his father, upon whose death he was made rector of Aberporth , 18 Aug. , and curate of Llandygwydd , 7 Sept. 1795 . He was also curate to John Williams ( 1745/6 - 1818 ) (q.v.) of Ystrad Meurig at Blaen-porth , and in 1816 he received the curacy of Llanddewi Aber-arth at the nomination of Eliezer Williams (q.v.) , a living which he held with Aberporth until his death, 28 Feb. 1847 (buried at Blaenporth 4 March ). He was awarded the S. Davids prize for an essay on the study of the Hebrew language in 1810 , and in 1822 he published Memoirs of Owen Glendower … with a sketch of the History of the Ancient Britons from the Conquest of Wales by Edward the First, to the present time . He helped Nicholas Carlisle and Samuel Lewis with their topographical dictionaries. His wife was a native of Gloucester , and his son, David Thomas Thomas , was vicar of Tre-lech a'r Betws from 1828 to 1875 .

Sources:

  • Horsfall-Turner , Walks and Wanderings in County Cardigan , 1902 ;
  • Williams , Enwogion Ceredigion , 1869 ;
  • N.L.W. The Records of the Church in Wales at the National Library of Wales , St. Davids Episc. Reg.;
  • NLW MS 9274.

Author:

Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959