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WATKYNS , ROWLAND (c.1614 - 1664 ), cleric and author ;

b. in Longtown , in that portion of Herefordshire which was formerly in the diocese of S. Davids . He was instituted vicar of Llanfrynach , Brecknock , in 1635 , dispossessed in 1648 , but restored after the Restoration . He d. in 1664.

As far as is known he published one work only, viz. Flamma sine Fumo: or Poems without Fictions ( London , 1662 ). The poems, in Latin and English , are to various people of note in South Wales and the English Border , many of them to members of landed families. There is one ‘ To his Honoured friend Mr. John Williams the most pious and learned Minister and Vicar of Devynnock and Luel .’ That he was married is proved by ‘ An epitaph upon my beloved daughter Susanna Watkyns, who was born upon Ash Wednesday, 1655, and dyed the 5 of August, 1658 .’


  • Bradney , ‘Flamma sine Fumo,’ in Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , ii, 145-7.


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

Published date: 1959