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Thomas Williams (1658–1726) was a Welsh Anglican priest and translator.

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Williams was born in Eglwysbach in the county of Denbighshire, north Wales in 1658. He studied at the University of Oxford, matriculating as a member of Jesus College in 1674 before obtaining his BA in 1677 and his MA in 1680. After his ordination as a priest in the Church of England, he appears to have succeeded his father, William Williams, as rector of a church near Abergele, north Wales. A "Thomas Williams", possibly this one, served as rector of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog from 1687 to 1702. From 1690 to 1697, Williams was vicar of Llanrwst, and he was then appointed rector of Denbigh, a position that he held until he died in 1726. [1]

Eglwysbach Village in Wales, Britain

Eglwysbach is a village and community in Conwy county borough, Wales. The village plays host to an annual Agricultural show and horticultural show in August, which includes displays of local cattle, sheep, heavy and light horses, showjumping a horticulture marquee, fairground rides and trades stands. At the 2001 census, it had a population of 928, increasing slightly to 935 at the 2011 census.

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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Aside from his parish duties, Williams worked to translate various religious works from English into Welsh, including a book on the catechism by the Bishop of St Asaph, William Beveridge (Eglurhad o Gatecism yr Eglwys (1708)). [1]

Catechism religious exposition

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