Thomas Owen (priest)

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Thomas Owen (1749 – May 1812) was a Welsh Anglican priest and translator of works on agriculture.


Owen was born in Anglesey, Wales in 1749. He studied at Jesus College, Oxford, matriculating on 20 March 1767. He obtained a B.A. degree in 1770. He then transferred to The Queen's College, Oxford, obtaining his M.A. degree in 1773.[1] He was ordained deacon on 26 May 1771, and ordained priest on 19 December 1773, both ordinations being carried out by Robert Lowth, Bishop of Oxford, at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.[2] He was rector of St Mary's Church, Upton Scudamore, Wiltshire from 1779 to 1812.[1][3] Owen resided in Upton Scudamore, having no other parish positions.[4]

His translations included The Three Books of M. Terentius Varro Concerning Agriculture (published in 1800), Geōponika, Agricultural Pursuits (published in 2 volumes, 1805), and The Fourteen Books of Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus Palladius on Agriculture (published in 1807).

Owen died in Anglesey in May 1812.[1]


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  2. ^ "Thomas Owen (CCEd Person ID 141424)". The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540–1835. Retrieved 2008-04-24.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Wiltshire Community History: Church of Saint Mary, Upton Scudamore". Wiltshire County Council. Archived from the original on 2009-03-14. Retrieved 2008-04-24. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ Crittall, Elizabeth (1965). "'Upton Scudamore'". A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 8: Warminster, Westbury and Whorwellsdown Hundreds. Victoria County History. pp. 78–89. Retrieved 2008-04-24.