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OWEN , HUGH ( 1639 - 1700 ; DWB , 706).

In the bibliography read Nonconformist's Memorial , as in the body of the article.


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OWEN , HUGH ( 1639 - 1700 ), Puritan minister, Independent ‘apostle of Merioneth’ .

He was of the same family as baronLewis Owen (q.v.) , the great divine Dr. John Owen ( 1616 - 1683 ) (q.v.) , a distant relative, the chief people of Merioneth amongst his friends and acquaintances. He matriculated at Oxford ( Jesus College , 1660 ), began to preach , but he was silenced (to use Calamy 's word) by the Act of Uniformity , 1662 . He joined the Puritan congregation of Wrexham , becoming a teaching elder ; in 1668 he m. Martha Brown , daughter of one of its more prominent members, once one of the seventy-one commissioners under the Propagation Act of 1650 ; and before 1672 he was overseer of the Independent nonconformists of Merioneth from his headquarters at Bron-y-clydwr in Llanegryn parish, the lands that fell to his mother from the Peniarth heritage. In May of that year he secured a licence under the Indulgence to preach in his own house; in Sept. Henry Maurice , ( 1634 - 1682 ) (q.v.) called on his journey to Llŷn; early in 1676 James Owen (q.v.) paid him a visit on his way to the militant Independents of Eifionydd , doubtless not without delivering a sermon in secret to Hugh Owen and the other six nonconformists who were counted in Llanegryn and district in archbishop Sheldon 's census of that year. About the same time Hugh Owen was busy distributing the books that were published by Thomas Gouge (q.v.) and the Welsh Trust ; no less than twenty-four of these, the works of Charles Edwards for the most part, came to Llanegryn alone. His lot was a hard one, says the Nonconformist's Memorial , until the coming of the Toleration Act , though he was saved from the heaviest penalties by the influence of his many friends and relatives. Under that Act he enjoyed a wide liberty, preaching to many small groups of Independents and free-communion Baptists in Merioneth and Montgomery . The controllers of the London ‘funds’ for the support of weak churches heard of his work, and for some years allowed him £8 a year gratuity. He d. on 15 March 1699/1700 , an almost perfect example of an upright Christian , and a diligent preacher of great serenity of temperament. Of his children his son JOHN OWEN became a preacher like his father — a young man of great promise, who d. in 1700 ; his daughter Susannah m. Edward Kenrick of Wrexham (q.v.) , a minister who supervised the Independents of Merioneth till his death in 1741 ; his daughter Mary was grandmother to the Rev. Hugh Farmer of Walthamstow who supplied many details about Hugh Owen 's life to the Memorial (for more about the family, see Owen family, Peniarth .)


  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families , 1914 , 323, 363;
  • Y Llenor , xvi, 171-8;
  • Calamy , An account of the ministers…ejected , 1660–2 , ii, 710;
  • The Nonconformist Memorial; being an Account of the Lives…and Printed Books of the two thousand Ministers ejected… , 1802–3 , 1803 , iii, 490-4;
  • Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series , Record Publication Charles II, E.B., 38A, 135;
  • Reference is made to two editions, by E. B. Underhill, 1847, and Nathaniel Haycroft, 1865. Reference is also made to Addenda B (pp. 511–9 in 1847 ed) , Add. B., 515;
  • Salt MS. 2112 in the William Salt Library, Stafford (Stafford), p. 407;
  • Manuscript (the property of the Presbyterian Board) published by Alexander Gordon under the title Freedom after Ejection. A Review (1690–1692) of Presbyterian and Congregational Nonconformity in England and Wales, 1917 , 92, 98;
  • R. T. Jenkins , Hanes Cynulleidfa Hen Gapel Llanuwchllyn , 1937 , 33-47.


Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Published date: 2001