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Tombstone of Thomas Richards in Coychurch churchyard

A Grade II Listed Building in Coychurch Lower (Llangrallo Isaf), Bridgend

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5062 / 51°30'22"N

Longitude: -3.529 / 3°31'44"W

OS Eastings: 293981

OS Northings: 179689

OS Grid: SS939796

Mapcode National: GBR HG.J91X

Mapcode Global: VH5HK.SD7Q

Entry Name: Tombstone of Thomas Richards in Coychurch churchyard

Listing Date: 15 October 1997

Last Amended: 15 October 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18967

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: In Coychurch churchyard ESE of the church.

County: Bridgend

Community: Coychurch Lower (Llangrallo Isaf)

Community: Coychurch Lower

Locality: Coychurch

Built-Up Area: Bridgend

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Thomas Richards was curate of Coychurch (Llangrallo) for over 40 years and compiled a Welsh English Dictionary. Born c 1709 in Carmarthenshire, moved to Glamorgan c 1737 and conducted service in Welsh for the parish, the rector Revd Daniel Durel being master of Cowbridge Grammar School and a native of Jersey thus a non Welsh speaker. He supported the Circulating Schools organised by Griffith Jones from 1737 which visited Coychurch and translated into Welsh a number of current religious tracts. His main work was the first substantive Welsh to English Dictionary published by Messrs Felix Farley of Bristol 1753, which also includes information on Welsh grammar, proverbs, botany and authors. It was produced through subscription, at the head of the list being the Prince of Wales, with a wide distribution throughout Wales. He was an early teacher of Edward Williams of Flemingston 1747-1826 who became Iolo Morgannwg, whose mother lived and is buried at Coychurch. Additionally appointed Vicar of Eglwysilan 1777 but continued to reside in Coychurch and died 1790. Thomas Richards is also commemorated inside the church by a Welsh slate monument by Ieuan Rees erected 1990 to commemorate bicentenary.

Exterior

Plain tomb slab on low stone kerb engraved 'Here lieth the body of Thomas Richards of Coychurch, Clerk, Vicar of Eglwysylan, forty years Curate of this parish. author of a Welsh English Dictionary and other works in Welsh, who died the 20th day of March 1790 aged 80 years'.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its substantial regional interest; group value with Church of St Crallo, churchyard cross and group of 3 table tombs.

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