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WILLIAMS , JOHN ( 1760 - 1826 ), cleric and schoolmaster ;

son of John Williams , agent to the Gwydir Estate , Llanrwst . Educated at Jesus College , Oxford (matriculated 15 May 1777 , aged 17, B.A. 1781 , M.A. Fellow of his college), he was ordained in the diocese of Bangor , 19 Sept. 1784 , and licensed to the chapelry of Betws-y-Coed . He became master of the Free school , Llanrwst , and ‘ Lecturer ,’ in 1791 , being also perpetual curate of Dolwyddelan and Capel Curig . On 25 Aug. 1802 , he was appointed rector of Llanbedr-y-Cennin and Caerhun . He was succeeded at Llanrwst school by Edward Davies in 1812 . He d. in 1826 , aged 66, according to his tombstone, and was buried 9 Oct. at Llanbedr-y-Cennin .

John Williams is included in this Dictionary because of his interest in Welsh literature and records , and particularly because he was the means of preserving for posterity a substantial group of the Wynn of Gwydir Papers (see introduction to N.L.W. Calendar of the Wynn (of Gwydir) Papers , 1926 ), the letters of Goronwy Owen (q.v.) , which were published by J. H. Davies in 1924 , and some letters of Edward Owen (q.v.) of Warrington , the friend of Goronwy Owen . N.L.W. MSS. 30-4, 58, 107, 109, 276, 302, 343-5 are also from the collection of John Williams .


  • To the references given above add A. Ivor Pryce , Diocese of Bangor During Three Centuries, seventeenth to nineteenth century inclusive being a digest of the registers of the bishops (1929) ;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • The Records of the Diocese of Bangor in the National Library of Wales in N.L.W.;
  • Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales , i;
  • Bangor Manuscript at University College North Wales Library, Bangor 6457 in U.C.N.W. Bangor.


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

Published date: 1959