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answered in 1723 by John Lacy (fl. 1737) [q. v.] 3. ‘Hymns Sacred to the Lord's Table. Collected and Methodiz'd,’ &c., Leverpoole, 1712, 8vo (the first book known to have been printed in Liverpool). 4. ‘Donatus Redivivus; or a Reprimand to a Modern Church-Schismatick,’ &c., 1714, 8vo; reprinted, with the title ‘Rebaptization Condemned,’ &c., 1716, 8vo (an attack on two clergymen who had rebaptised a conforming dissenter). 5. ‘The Amazon Disarm'd,’ &c., 1714, 8vo (defence of No. 4 against a reply by Jane Chorlton). 6. ‘Plain Dealing; or Separation without Schism,’ &c., 1715, 8vo; 12th ed., 1727, 8vo. 7. ‘The Validity of the Dissenting Ministry,’ &c., 1716, 8vo. 8. ‘A Vindication of Plain Dealing from … two Country Curates,’ &c., 1716, 8vo (anon.). 9. ‘Plain Dealing and its Vindication Defended,’ &c., 1716, 8vo (anon.). 10. ‘The Dissenting Ministry still Valid,’ &c., 1716, 8vo (anon.) (in defence of James Owen's ‘History of Ordination,’ 1709). 11. ‘The Jure Divino Woe,’ &c., 1717, 8vo (thanksgiving sermon at Manchester on anniversary of battle of Preston, 14 Nov. 1715, with appendix). 12. ‘Plain Reasons (1) For Dissenting … (2) Why Dissenters are not … guilty of Schism,’ &c., 1717, 8vo (anon.); 23rd ed., 1736, 8vo. 13. ‘The Dissenters' Claim … for Civil Offices,’ &c., 1717, 8vo (anon.). 14. ‘The Danger of the Church and Kingdom from Foreigners,’ &c., 1721, 8vo (anon.). 15. ‘The Wonders of Redeeming Love,’ &c., 1723, 12mo; abridged as ‘Meditations on the Incarnation,’ &c. (Rel. Tract Soc.), 1830, 12mo. 16. ‘An Alarm to Protestant Princes and People,’ &c., 1725, 8vo (anon.). 17. ‘Religious Gratitude; Seven Practical Discourses,’ 1731, 12mo. 18. ‘An Essay towards the Natural History of Serpents,’ &c., 1742, 4to. Posthumous was 19. ‘The Character and Conduct of Ecclesiastics in Church and State,’ &c., Shrewsbury, 1768, 12mo (edited by F[rancis] B[oult]). He also edited ‘The Validity of the Dissenting Ministry’ and other posthumous works of his brother, James Owen.

[Funeral Sermon by Josiah Owen, 1746; Orton's Letters, 1806, i. 159; Williams's Life of Matthew Henry, 1828, pp. 143 seq., 263; Bogue and Bennett's Hist. of Dissenters, 1833, ii. 224; Autobiography of William Stout, 1851, pp. 39 seq.; Beamont's Jacobite Trials (Chetham Soc.), 1852, p. 53; Notes and Queries, 19 Nov. 1853 p. 492, 31 Jan. 1874 pp. 90 seq., 1 May 1875 p. 355, 17 Feb. 1894 p. 135; Cat. of Edinburgh Graduates, 1858, p. 239; Transactions of Hist. Soc. Lanc. and Cheshire, 1861, p. 121; Halley's Lancashire, 1869, ii. 321 seq., 351; Turner's Nonconformist Register, 1881, p. 85; Minutes of Manchester Presbyterian Classis (Chetham Soc.), 1891, iii. 358 seq.; Nightingale's Lancashire Nonconformity [1892], iv. 214 seq.; manuscript Minutes of Warrington Classis (1719–22) in Renshaw Street Chapel Library, Liverpool.]

A. G.

OWEN, CORBET (1646–1671), Latin poet, son of William Owen, a clergyman, of Pontesbury, Shropshire, was born at Hinton in that county in 1646. He was sent to a private school kept by a ‘loyal parson’ named Scofield at Shrewsbury, where he made rapid progress in learning; but his friends soon sent him to France, and afterwards to Flanders, to be touched by Charles II for the cure of the king's evil, from which malady he was so great a sufferer that he went about on crutches. In May 1658 he was sent to Westminster School, and in the following year he was admitted a king's scholar. Here ‘it was usual with him to speak forty or fifty smooth and elegant verses extempore, in little more than half an hour.’ In 1664 he was elected a student of Christ Church, Oxford, and ‘in a short time was well versed in the most crabbed subtilties of philosophy.’ He became a student of Lincoln's Inn in 1665 (Foster, Alumni Oxon. early ser. iii. 1098). After graduating B.A. on 21 May 1667 he studied medicine, and he took the degree of M.A. on 23 March 1669–70 (Wood, Fasti Oxon. ed. Bliss, ii. 297, 308). Wood says he was ‘the most forward person of his age in the university for his polite learning.’ He died about 18 Jan. 1670–1, and was buried in the church at Condover, Shropshire.

He was the author of: 1. ‘Carmen Pindaricum in Theatro Sheldoniano in solennibus magnifici operis encæniis recitatum,’ Oxford, 1669, 4to, reprinted in ‘Musarum Anglicanarum Analecta,’ 1721, vol. i., and in ‘Musæ Anglicanæ,’ 1741, vol. i. Dr. Johnson says that in this poem ‘all kinds of verse are shaken together.’ 2. ‘Divers Poems, in Manuscript, with Translations of Poetry, particularly the “Otho” of M. de Corneille, which he rendered into English Verse.’

[Wood's Athenæ Oxon. iii. 924; Wood's Annals (Gutch), ii. 801; Welch's Alumni Westmon. (Phillimore), p. 157; Foster's Alumni Oxon.]

T. C.

OWEN, DAVID, D.D. (fl. 1642), controversialist, a native of the Isle of Anglesea, was educated at Catharine Hall, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1598. He afterwards migrated to Clare Hall, where he commenced M.A. in 1602. He was incorporated in the latter degree at Oxford on 14 June 1608. He took the degree of B.D. at Cambridge in 1609, and was created D.D. in 1618. For many years he was chaplain to