Thomas Thomas (priest)

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Thomas Thomas (7 September 1804 9 January 1877) was a Welsh Anglican clergyman. He was noted for his parish ministry in Caernarfon, particularly for his educational work in building schools and helping to found the North Wales Training College.

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Caernarfon town and port in Gwynedd, Wales

Caernarfon is a royal town, community, and port in Gwynedd, Wales, with a population of 9,615. It lies along the A487 road, on the eastern shore of the Menai Strait, opposite the Isle of Anglesey. The city of Bangor is 8.6 miles (13.8 km) to the north-east, while Snowdonia fringes Caernarfon to the east and south-east. Carnarvon and Caernarvon are Anglicised spellings that were superseded in 1926 and 1974, respectively. The villages of Bontnewydd and Caeathro are close by. The town is also noted for its high percentage of native Welsh speakers. Due to this, Welsh is often the predominant language of the town.


Thomas Thomas was born on 7 September 1804, the son of John Thomas of Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn. After being educated at Ystrad Meurig, he studied at the University of Oxford, matriculating as a member of Jesus College on 29 March 1824 and obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1827. [1] He then spent a year teaching in Liverpool before being ordained deacon by John Luxmore, Bishop of St Asaph, on 20 July 1828. He spent three years as a curate in Llanfair Caer Einion, during which time he was ordained priest (on 26 July 1829). He then served as the curate of Ruabon. [1]

Ystrad Meurig a village located in Ceredigion, United Kingdom

Ystrad Meurig is a village and community in Ceredigion, Wales. It lies on the B4340 road northwest of the town of Tregaron, on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains.

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His longest period of parish ministry was spent as vicar of Llanbeblig with Caernarfon the position carried the name of the older foundation first, although Caernarfon was the larger of the two places. He was appointed to the position by John Bird Sumner, Bishop of Chester, on 14 April 1835, and stayed there until 1859. [1] He became known as "Thomas of Caernarfon" and was noted for his pastoral work in a town that suffered from poverty and outbreaks of cholera. [2] He helped to establish schools in Caernarfon and assisted with the foundation of the North Wales Training College, a teacher-training college that later became St Mary's College, Bangor. [1] (The college later merged with the education department of what is now called Bangor University.)

A vicar is a representative, deputy or substitute; anyone acting "in the person of" or agent for a superior. Linguistically, vicar is cognate with the English prefix "vice", similarly meaning "deputy". The title appears in a number of Christian ecclesiastical contexts, but also as an administrative title, or title modifier, in the Roman Empire. In addition, in the Holy Roman Empire a local representative of the emperor, perhaps an archduke, might be styled "vicar".

John Bird Sumner Archbishop of Canterbury; Bishop of Chester; British Anglican bishop

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The Bishop of Chester is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Chester in the Province of York.

In 1859, Thomas was appointed to Ruabon again, this time as vicar, and he spent three years there before moving to Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch, Denbighshire in 1862. In 1864, he was appointed a canon of Bangor Cathedral. He died on 9 January 1877 in Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch, and was buried in the cemetery of the church in Llanbeblig. [1] A pulpit in the church was erected in his memory. [2] Thomas was married and had five sons and three daughters. [1] His eldest son, Thomas Llewellyn Thomas, was a priest and a noted scholar of the Welsh language. He died in 1897 and was buried in Llanbeblig cemetery, alongside his father. [2]

Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch a village in Denbighshire, Wales

Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch is a village and local government community in Denbighshire, Wales. It lies in the Vale of Clwyd near the A525 road between Denbigh and Ruthin. It was also known under the anglicised spellings of Llanrhaiadr in Kinmerch in the nineteenth century, and Llanrhaiadr yn Cinmerch, officially until 6 September 1968. The Community population taken at the 2011 census was 1,038.

Denbighshire County and Principal area in Wales

Denbighshire is a county in north-east Wales, named after the historic county of Denbighshire, but with substantially different borders. Denbighshire is the longest known inhabited part of Wales. Pontnewydd (Bontnewydd-Llanelwy) Palaeolithic site has Neanderthal remains from 225,000 years ago. Its several castles include Denbigh, Rhuddlan, Ruthin, Castell Dinas Bran and Bodelwyddan. St Asaph, one of the smallest cities in Britain, has one of the smallest Anglican cathedrals. Denbighshire has a length of coast to the north and hill ranges to the east, south and west. In the central part, the River Clwyd has created a broad fertile valley. It is primarily a rural county with little industry. Crops are grown in the Vale of Clwyd and cattle and sheep reared in the uplands. The coast attracts summer tourists, and hikers frequent the Clwydian Range, which forms an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the upper Dee Valley. Llangollen hosts the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in each July.

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