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CHARLES , DAVID , III ( 1812 - 1878 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister .

Son of Thomas Rice Charles and Maria his wife, and grandson of Thomas Charles ; b. at Bala 23 July 1812 . He was educated at Bala and Chirk , and after reading with the rector of Llanycil matriculated at Jesus College , Oxford , in May 1831 , proceeding to the degree of B.A. in 1835 . He was associated with his brother-in-law, Lewis Edwards , in the inception in 1837 of the preparatory school which developed into the Theological College at Bala . Ordained to the ministry of the C.M. connexion in 1841 , he was appointed principal of Trevecka College in 1842 and remained there for twenty years. In Jan. 1863 he became pastor of the C.M. church at Aber-carn, Mon. After five years there he undertook organizing work in connection with the projected University College of Wales , which was opened at Aberystwyth in Oct. 1872 . Upon the appointment of his nephew T. C. Edwards as principal he resigned his post and later migrated to Aberdovey , where he d. on 13 Dec. 1878 . In 1869 he was moderator of the general assembly of his connexion .

He m. (1), 1839 , Kate Roberts , Holyhead , who d. c. 1844 ; (2), 1846 , Mary , daughter of Hugh Jones of Llanidloes and widow of Benjamin Watkins , by whom he had three daughters, one of whom, with his widow, survived him. He was buried at Llanidloes .


  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , xx, 28;
  • Y Traethodydd , 1893 ;
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles (Denbigh, 1908) , iii, 645;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses .


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

His brother THOMAS CHARLES ( 1811 - 1873 ), F.R.C.S. , christened 10 Jan. 1811 , practised at Menai Bridge ( 1841-6 ) and afterwards in London , emigrated to Sydney c. 1855 , returned to Wales c. 1870 , and practised at Pembroke and at Aberystwyth , where he d. 11 April 1873 . Two facts about him may be mentioned. In the Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald , 11 Dec. 1841 , he entered a strong protest (unusual for a Methodist of his day) against the attempt of the Anglesey presbytery to ‘interfere with my right of judgement in political matters’ by forbidding its members to attend a Free Trade meeting at Caernarvon . And in April 1854 a meeting to promote a university college in Wales was held at his London house — ( Davies and Jones , The University of Wales , 69-70).


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

Published date: 1959