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WORTHINGTON , WILLIAM ( 1704 - 1778 ), cleric and author ;

son of Thomas Worthington of Park , Llanwnnog, Mont. , christened at Llanwnnog , 4 April 1704 . He was educated at the grammar school at Oswestry , and matriculated at Oxford from Jesus College , 9 May 1722 . He took his B.A. in 1725-6 , his M.A. from S. John's College , Cambridge , in 1730 . In 1758 he proceeded to the degrees of B.D and D.D. at Oxford . He taught for some time at Oswestry and in April 1730 he was appointed vicar of Llan-y-blodwel , Salop ; in Nov. 1731 , canon of S. Asaph ; in July 1737 , sinecure rector of Darowen (which office he held till 1751 ); sinecure rector of Hope, Flints. , 1751 (till 1774) ; sinecure rector of Llanfor , near Bala , 1774 . He was vicar of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant from 1745 till his death, and prebendary of Meifod in S. Asaph cathedral from 1773 . He also held (from 1762 ) a prebendal stall in York Minster . For many years he lived at Llanrhaeadr , where he enlarged the vicarage; he d. there 6 Oct. 1778 , and is buried in the churchyard. There is a memorial tablet to him in the church.

Worthington interested himself in a number of projects, including the provision of an embankment over Traeth Mawr ; he was visited at Llanrhaeadr by Samuel Johnson and Thomas Pennant (q.v.) ; and in his will he bequeathed legacies to various missionary causes , and for the provision of a cathedral library at S. Asaph . He wrote a number of theological works , and his last productions (including one published posthumously) were concerned with the problem of scriptural demonology.

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , i, 351;
  • S. Asaph episcopal register in N.L.W.;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959