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BADDY , THOMAS (d. 1729 ), Independent minister and author .

The date of his birth is unknown. He would seem to have been a Wrexham man; the Presbyterian Fund Board , when making him a grant in 1690 , describes him as ‘Mr. Tho. Baddie of Wrexham’ ( Nicholson and Axon , The Older Nonconformity in Kendal , 579); and he had a brother, Owen Baddy , who was a schoolmaster at Wrexham ( Palmer , The Older Nonconformity of Wrexham , 69 n.); the name is said to be a colloquial form of ‘Madog.’ Baddy entered Frankland's Academy at Rathmell, Yorks. , on 25 Nov. 1689 , and from 1691 to 1693 was a scholar of the Common Fund Board ( Nicholson and Axon , ibid., and Gordon , Freedom after Ejection , 204).

In 1693 , he was placed in charge of the Independent congregation at Denbigh , newly re-established by a visit ( 1690 ) of James Owen ; he remained there till his death in June 1729 , also ministering to the congregations of Wrexham and of Bala during pastoral vacancies at either place. He m. Anne , daughter of Robert Salusbury of Galltfaenan ( Palmer , ibid.); their daughter m. a prosperous Denbigh tradesman called Pugh , on whose land Swan Lane chapel was built in 1742 . Baddy 's congregation of sixty was (according to John Evans 's statistics of 1715 ) composed of people in very good circumstances; and tradition describes Baddy himself as being fashionably dressed and well mounted.

He was a diligent translator of theological works (list in Ashton , Hanes Llen. Gymreig , 167-77, and Williams , Llyfryddiaeth Sir Ddinbych , part 3). His original compositions, a metrical version of the Song of Solomon ( 1725 ), and some hymns appended to Pasc y Christion ( 1703 ), deserve mention, in spite of their literary defects, as the earliest known attempts at hymnody among Welsh Dissenters .

Sources:

  • T. Rees , History of Protestant Nonconformity in Wales ;
  • and other sources noted above.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959