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BLOOM , MILBOURN (d. 1766 ), Independent minister .

The date of his birth is not known; tradition connects him with the Blooms of Castell Pigyn ( Abergwili ); MS. 5456 in the N.L.W. shows that his home was within an hour's walk from Carmarthen . He emerges in March 1743 ( records of the Methodist Association , N.L.W. ) as ‘ public exhorter ’ (i.e. itinerant), and he was in charge of several societies south of the Towy . But in Sept. of the same year he parted with Methodism ( Trevecka letter 973 , and another letter printed in H. J. Hughes , Life of Howell Harris , 270), and decided to enter the Independent ministry, being admitted [ c. 13 Sept. ] member of Pant Teg church , then under Christmas Samuel . There are references to him, throughout 1744 , in Thomas Morgan 's diary ( N.L.W. MS. 5456 ). On 26 Sept. 1745 ( Cilgwyn church book , in Cofiadur , 1923 ) he was ordained to assist Samuel . He was pastor of Pen-y-graig from 1748 to 1757 ; but in 1757 a grant from the Presbyterian Fund shows him to have been at Gwernogle , whence, in the same year, he removed to Pentre-ty-gwyn . He d., according to his friend Thomas Morgan , in 1766 .

Sources:

  • NLW MSS 5455, 5456 (Thomas Morgan's papers);
  • A History of Carmarthenshire , ii, 197 n., 200-1;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iii, under the names of the churches mentioned above;
  • Y Cofiadur , 1953 , 54.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959