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ALLEN , ROBERT ( 1847 - 1927 ), Baptist minister .

Born 5 Jan. 1847 at Llanelly , son of John Allen of Neath and his wife, of Cilrhedyn , Newcastle Emlyn , but Glamorgan was the scene of his upbringing and earthly pilgrimage. He was baptized in Blaen-y-cwm , began to preach in Cwmafan , and was ordained to the ministry on 17 and 18 Oct. 1880 at Bryntroedgam . He remained at the latter place for seven years, thereafter moving to Pontrhyd-y-fen , 1887-90 , Capel Rhondda , 1890-2 , Calfaria , Maesteg , 1892-1908 , and Philadelphia , Cwm Ogwr , for a short while. He d. 13 March 1927 in Nantyffyllon , Maesteg .

Although he had a small coalmine and a small farm, he showed no great enthusiasm for either the one or the other and was more in his element lecturing. Possessing a homely wit and an exceptional gift of oratory, he delighted his congregations by his unconventional preaching and his even more unconventional acting.


  • Personal acquaintance.


Reverend William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 1959