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WILLIAMS , ELIEZER ( 1754 - 1820 ), cleric, author, and schoolmaster ;

b. at Pibwr Lwyd near Carmarthen , and christened in Llandyfaelog church, Carms. , 4 Oct. 1754 , eldest son (and second child) of Peter Williams ( 1723 - 1796 ) (q.v.) and Mary his wife. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth's grammar school , Carmarthen , and matriculated in the University of Oxford from Jesus College , 3 April 1775 . He was ordained deacon by bishop Yorke of S. Davids , 3 Aug. 1777 , and licensed to the curacy of Tre-lech ; then he went as curate to Tetsworth, Oxon. He took his B.A. in 1778 , and was ordained priest in Christ Church , Oxford , 20 Dec. He taught at Wallingford grammar school , Berks. , and served as curate at Acton , near Wallingford ; from 1780 to 1782 he served as chaplain on the Cambridge . He went as a tutor to the earl of Galloway , and was with the family for some eight years; in the meantime the lord chancellor ( Thurlow ) presented him to the vicarage of Cynwyl Gaeo with Llansawel, Carms. , and he was instituted 14 Sept. 1784 . He lived in London and served at Chadwell , Essex , and then returned to Wales . On 14 July 1805 , he was instituted to the vicarage of Lampeter, Cards. , and remained there till his death on 20 Jan. 1820 . He was buried at Lampeter .

He wrote a number of works in English (see the list in D.N.B. ); a collection of these was published in 1840 by his son, St. George Armstrong Williams . While he was at Lampeter , he opened a school there and prepared young men for holy orders ; he was eminently successful in this work. He m. (1), 1792 , Anne Adelaide Grebert of Nancy , Lorraine , France ; they had one child, who died in infancy; Anne Williams d. in 1796 ; and (2), at the end of 1796 , Jane Amelia Nugent , daughter of St. George Armstrong , Armaduff , Drumsna , Leitrim , Ireland ; by her he had eight children. Jane Williams d. 31 Dec. 1809 .

Sources:

  • Gomer M. Roberts , Bywyd a Gwaith Peter Williams , Cardiff, 1943 ;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870

Author:

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

Published date: 1959