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LLWYD , ROBERT ( DWB , 595).

Read The Plaine Mans Path-way (not ‘ Plain Pathway ’).

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LLWYD , ROBERT ( 1565 - 1655 ) ‘of Chirk ,’ cleric and writer ;

b. in Caernarvonshire . He was entered at Christ Church , Oxford , 29 Oct. 1585 , and graduated B.A. 6 July 1588 , M.A. 10 July 1591 . He was rector of Halkin , 1594-1626 , vicar of Wrexham , 1595-1640 , vicar of Chirk , 1615-50 , and prebendary of Meliden and treasurer of S. Asaph , 1624-48 . He also had the sinecure of Llandysul rectory, Montgomeryshire , 1625 ; his daughter Jane was buried there in 1633 . He was one of the few clergymen who aimed at raising the religious standard of the Welsh by giving them books of devotion . He published Pregeth ynghylch Edifeirwch , a translation of a sermon by Arthur Dent , an English Presbyterian , in 1629 . In 1630 , at the request of John Hanmer , bishop of S. Asaph , he published Llwybr Hyffordd yn cyfarwyddo'r anghyfarwydd i'r nefoedd, etc. , a translation of Dent 's Plain Pathway to Heaven . Moreover, he is said to have edited the ‘ Beibl Bach ’ (‘ Little Bible ’) in 1630 . Apart from his own translations it was he who taught Rowland Vaughan (q.v.) to translate. In 1650 he was dispossessed of the living of Chirk by the Commonwealth commissioners but was allowed to retain £20 a year of its income. He d. in 1655 .

Sources:

  • Alumni Oxonienses , 1500-1714 , iii, 929;
  • Enwogion y Ffydd , 1880 , i, 151-8;
  • W. J. Gruffydd , Llenyddiaeth Cymru o 1450 hyd 1600 , 112-3;
  • T. Richards , A History of the Puritan Movement in Wales , 1920 , 10, 117, 139;
  • W. Rowlands , Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 , 104-6, 110-1;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , i, 341, 528, ii, 318.

Author:

Sir Glanmor Williams, M.A., Swansea

Published date: 2001