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Jones, Lewis (1560–1646), Church of Ireland bishop of Killaloe, was a native of Dol-y-moch, Merioneth. He attended Oxford University but confusion surrounds his early career, and while Anthony Wood gives his BA as 1569 it is more likely that he is the Lewis Jones who graduated BA from Brasenose College in 1580. This tallies with Archbishop Ussher's comment that Jones was sixty-nine years old in 1629. Taken together these evidences suggest that he was eighty-six when he died rather than the staggering 104 often attributed to him. He married Mabel (b. c.1580), sister of , archbishop of Armagh, before 1609. His will dated 10 June 1646 shows that he then had four sons, including , , and , and three daughters.

By 1606 Jones had moved to Ireland and become vicar of Ardee, co. Louth. Recommended by Sir Arthur Chichester for the bishopric of Dromore, he was instead appointed dean of Ardagh in June 1606, a position which he continued to hold along with the deanery of Cashel when granted it in June 1608. He was also prebendary of Kilbragh in Emly from 1608, holding this benefice and four others until he resigned them all in 1634, most probably in the wake of a royal visitation. In 1615 the Cashel visitors criticized Jones for improvident leasing and threatened to deprive him for non-residence. Later on it was claimed that he had been responsible for restoration of the cathedral church and the establishment of a choir there. He passed his deanship of Ardagh on to his son Henry on 24 May 1625.

Despite enjoying the support of James Ussher for the archbishopric of Cashel in 1629, Jones had to wait until December 1632 for nomination as bishop of Killaloe; he was consecrated on 12 April 1633. Within a year he had been accused by Lord Deputy Wentworth of wrecking his see by ruinous leases. After John Bramhall, archdeacon of Meath, had been sent to Killaloe to investigate in March 1634, the leases were overturned on the condition that recovered revenues would be used for the construction of a new episcopal residence. Jones repeatedly denied that he had reached a secret deal with Sir Daniel O'Brien for the lands in question. Judging by his ability to lend relatively large sums of money in the 1630s, he was certainly not poor. Dublin convocation records for 1640–41 indicate that Jones was absent throughout the sessions, as he was from the House of Lords where he was represented by proxy. He may have moved to Dublin in the wake of the violence of the winter of 1641. He died there on 2 November 1646 and was buried in St Werburgh's, Dublin.

Lewis Jones's son Ambrose Jones (d. 1678), bishop of Kildare, was educated at Dublin. He became prebendary of Killenlick in the diocese of Emly in 1638. He became treasurer of Limerick in 1639 and precentor in 1661. In 1661 he was made archdeacon of Meath, then rector of Castletown, Meath, in 1665, and finally bishop of Kildare (consecrated 29 June 1667). He died on 15 December 1678 and was buried at St Andrew's, Dublin.

John McCafferty


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