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WILLIAMS , WILLIAM ( c. 1625 - 1684 ), antiquary ;

b. c. 1625 , second son of Edward Williams of Carwed Fynydd , Llanefydd, Denbs. He was educated at Westminster , and in 1642 was admitted to Trinity College , Cambridge , where he graduated B.A. 1647/8 , and M.A. 1657 . In 1660 Robert , lord Bulkeley , gave him the living of Llandegfan cum Beaumaris , which he appears to have held for not more than a year. In 1668 he left Llandegfan to become rector of Llansadwrn , moving on again the following year to become vicar of Llangurig, Mont. He was vicar of Northop , 1672-7 , and of Rhuddlan , 1678-84 ; he also held the sinecures of Llansannan , 1663-78 , and Bodfari , 1672-81 . In 1679 he became a canon of S. Asaph cathedral . Rhuddlan was his last living, and he d. before 28 June 1684 . He m. Myddanwy , widow of John Lloyd of Plas Llanddyfnan , and daughter of William Jones of Plas Gwyn , Pentraeth . That he was a competent and reliable antiquary is proved by such of his work as has survived, i.e. ‘ Historia Bellomarisci ,’ 1669 , published as a supplement to the revised edition of Fenton 's Tours in Wales ( Arch. Camb. , Supplement, 1917 ); ‘ History of the Bulkeley Family ’ ( 1673-4 ), first published in Trans. Angl. Antiq. Soc. , 1948 ; and the story, possibly an eyewitness account, of the rising in Anglesey in 1648 , which appears as a supplement to Richard Llwyd 's (q.v.) poem, ‘ Beaumaris Bay .’

Sources:

  • Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club , 1948 , 1-99, and the authorities named therein.

Author:

Emyr Gwynne Jones, M.A., (1911-72), Bangor

Published date: 1959