Owen Owen: 1567–1593

2nd son of Owen Owen, of Bodfilin, Carnarvon. MA of Cambridge (1564) 2 years. Incorporated At Oxford 21 Feb 1565/6 Rector of Burton Latimer 29 Nov 1567 – 1593. Rector of LLangeinwen, Anglesey, 1573. Canon of Bangor 1576 Archdeacon of Anglesey 1584 until his death. Aged 40 in 1576, when he was also beneficed in Bangor Diocese. Buried at Burton Latimer 21 March 1592/3.

Married: 1: Margaret, buried 18 Dec 1576 at Burton Latimer

Issue: 1d: Margaret Christened 4 Sept 1575 at Burton Latimer. Marr 7 Feb 1592/2 at Burton Latimer: Edward Puleston, clerk, MA.

Married: 2: Jane, buried 4 July 1592 at Burton Latimer


1  son: John, Rector of Burton Latimer, Bishop of St Asaph

2  son: Griffith, Christened 18 Nov 1582 at Burton Latimer

3  son: Robert, Christened 26 April 1584 at Burton Latimer

4  son: Francis, Christened 31 May 1585 at Burton Latimer

5  son: William (twin) Christened 12 Feb 1586/7 at Burton Latimer

6  son: Richard (twin) Christened 12 Feb 1586/7 at Burton Latimer

2 daughter: Katharine

3  daughter: Elizabeth, Christened 18 Oct 1579 at Burton Latimer

Will dated 11 March 1592/3 pr 26 May 1593 by John Owen his brother He desired burial in Burton Latimer Church, and gave to his daughters Katharine Owen and Elizabeth Owen £200 apiece; to sons John, Griffith, Robert, Francis, William and Richard £100 apiece; poor of Burton Latimer £6.13s.4d at discretion of Mr Edw Mulshoe, Mr Fr Mulshoe, Mr Rbt Downing and Mr Geo Mulshoe; poor of Amlwchr, Llanchristiolis and Kerrigkeymoen, Llangeynwen and Llangaffo 40s each at dics of brother William Owen; rep. of Cath. Church of Bangor 40s. To sister in law Mrs Annes Hensman £8; brother Mr Robert Owen esq, brother Mr Wm Owen a gold ring of 40s each. Sister Ellen and (****) Owen 40s each; children of brother in law Ris ap Tuder 40s equal divided sister Alice Owen £4 and one bill of obligacior of 20 nobles which her husband oweth me. To my mother £6 a year for life; sister in law Alice Griffith 40s; brother in law John Griffith 40s; cousin Jane Gwyn of Barton 20s at 15; my daughter Margaret Puleston, daughter Katherine Owen, daughter Elizabeth each one feather bed etc.. Rest to be divided among two daughters Kath and Elizabeth and six sons. Brother John Owen exor.

Winesses: Griffith Owen, Edward Puleston, Edw Mulshoe, Geo Mulshoe, John Mothey, Harry Budge.

(Reference “Northamptonshire and Rutland Clergy from 1500” (1938-43) by Henry Isham Longden)

Owen Owen was described as ‘Parson of Burton Latimer’ throughout his incumbency. He had other livings in Wales and was Archdeacon of Angelsey 1584-1593. Most of his children were baptised in Burton Latimer and both of his wives died and were buried here, so it would appear that he spent much of his time here but he did not sign the registers, this was left to Robert Parsons, minister, who signs them from 1559-1600. It seems that Robert Parsons, as well as being a minister, was the schoolmaster of the free school until 1596.

Owen Owen’s first daughter married Edward Puleston who succeeded his father-in-law to the living and resigned in 1607 to make way for Owen Owen’s eldest son John. Owen Owen himself died in Burton Latimer, eight months after his second wife and is buried at Burton Latimer. It is interesting to note that in 1633 the Churchwarden’s Account Book states that the search for Owen Owen’s will containing the twenty nobles which he gave to the use of the poor, cost the parish six shillings and ten pence.