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BEVAN , HOPKIN ( 1765 - 1839 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister .

Born 4 May 1765 at Gellifwnwr (or Cilfwnwr ), Llangyfelach , the son of Rees and Mary Bevan , received a smattering of education at Llangyfelach and Swansea . He joined the Methodists in Gopa-fach in 1788 , and was ordained in the first Methodist Association for the ordaining of ministers held at Llandilo in 1811 . He was a popular preacher and, according to the custom of those days, toured the country from end to end.

He was also a writer of books and of hymns , and published Marwnad…Griffydd Morgans (an elegy) ( Caerfyrddin , I. Daniel , 1796 ), Hymnau a Phenillion (hymns) ( Abertawy , E. Griffiths , 1838 ), Ychydig Hanes neu Goffawdwriaeth ( Abertawy , E. Griffiths , 1838 ). In the two latter books there are several hymns and elegies, and the last, in particular, is a valuable chronicle of the beginnings of Methodism in Glamorgan . His autobiography was published by his son in 1840 , and his verse was collected by his biographer in 1899 .

He d. 29 Dec. 1839 and was buried in the aisle of Bethel chapel, Llangyfelach .


  • Ychydig o hanes bywyd y Parch. H. Bevan, Cilfwnwr, Llangyfelach, Morganwg, un o'r geinidogion hynaf yn mhlith y trefnyddion Calfinaidd (1840) ;
  • W. Samlet Williams , Cofiant y Parch. Hopkin Bevan, Llangyfelach gyda darlun o hono (Dolgellau, 1899) ;
  • W. Samlet Williams , Hanes Methodistiaeth Gorllewin Morgannwg sef hanes Eglwysi y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yng Ngorllewin Morgannwg, o ddechreuad Methodistiaeth hyd o gylch y flwyddyn 1870 (1916) , 173-4;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , ii, 44-7, 74-8, vii, 68-72.


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959