Arise Evans

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Arise Evans (or Rhys or Rice Evans) (1607-1660), was a Welsh prophet and fanatic.

Personal history[edit]

Evans was born about 1607 in Llangelynin parish and was apprenticed to a tailor at Wrexham. While living in Wales he had seen visions and prophetic dreams which were accentuated when he went to London in 1629. In London he made vain efforts to warn King Charles I of perceived dangers, but succeeded in telling the Earl of Essex to his face of his future promotions.[1] Evans became interested in the multifarious sects that flourished under the new liberty of Charles I's reign, opposing most of them, especially the tenets of the Fifth Monarchist.[1] He took particular offence towards Christopher Feake and William Aspinwall.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Richards, Thomas. "Biography of Arise Evans". National Library of Wales. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 

 "Evans, Arise". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.