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WATKINS , WILLIAM ( fl . 1750-1762 ), a cleric in Breconshire and author

of the first published book on trees of Wales . He is on record as a pensioner at Trinity Hall , Cambridge , from June 1750 to 1754 , but he regularly signed the registers of Hay as a curate assisting an absent vicar during 1750-52 . He left Hay soon after his wife and daughter died there of smallpox in 1752 , and published A Treatise on Forest-Trees ( London , 1753 ), which is now a very rare book. In 1762 he was appointed vicar of Llaneleu , but no more is known about him.


  • Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , 11 (1975-76) , 247-50.


William Linnard

Published date: 2001