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THOMAS , WILLIAM ( 1613 - 1689 ), bishop ;

b. at Bristol , 2 Feb. 1613 , son of John Thomas of Bristol (formerly of Carmarthen ) and Elizabeth his wife. He was educated at the grammar school, Carmarthen , and matriculated in the University of Oxford from S. John's College , 13 Nov. 1629 , graduating B.A. from Jesus College , May 1632 , and M.A. in Feb. 1634/5 . He was also Fellow and tutor of Jesus College . Ordained deacon in 1637 and priest in 1638 by bishop Bancroft of Oxford , he became vicar of Penbryn, Cards. , and chaplain to the earl of Northumberland , who presented him to the living of Laugharne with Llansadyrnin in Carmarthenshire . Ejected in 1644 , he kept school at Laugharne ; in 1660 he was restored to his livings and appointed precentor of S. Davids . Subsequently he became rector of Lampeter Velfrey , Pembrokeshire , and chaplain to the duke of York ; in Nov. 1665 , he was appointed dean of Worcester . Two years later he became bishop of S. Davids , holding his deanery ‘in commendam.’ During his six years’ tenure of the see ‘he identified himself with the interests of his diocese,’ preached in Welsh , aided Welsh publications , and began to repair the episcopal palaces at Abergwili and Brecon . He was translated to Worcester in 1683 , and d. there 25 June 1689 . He was buried in the cloisters of Worcester cathedral . Four sons and four daughters had been born to him and his wife Blanche , daughter of Peter Samyse , a Dutch merchant of London .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


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

Published date: 1959