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DAFYDD , JOHN and MORGAN ( fl. 1747 ), hymn-writers ;

sons of David John ( 1698 - 1775 ) and Margaret Richard , his wife ( 1692 - 1774 ) John Dafydd was b. in 1727 and was still living in 1771 . The brothers are said to have been cobblers by trade and to have lived in Bedwgleision , Caeo, Carms. ; the Methodist society of Caeo used to meet in their home. John is mentioned in the Trevecka records as an exhorter in the earliest years of the Methodist revival . Another brother, Richard , was the ancestor of the Rev. Richard David of Llansadwrn . Several of the hymns written by the two brothers are to be found in the Aleluia , 1747 , of William Williams , Pantycelyn , and reprinted in modern hymnaries.

Sources:

  • Y Drysorfa , 1950 ;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd , 1895 , i, 263;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , ii, 431;
  • W. Williams , Welsh Calvinistic Methodism , 1872 , 32;
  • T. Beynon , Golud a Mawl Dyffryn Tywi , Caernarfon, 1936 , 106;
  • D. Hughes , Bywgraffiad y Parch Richard Davies, Llansadwrn, gynt o Gayo, ynghyd â'r Parch. Thomas Evans, Caerfyrddin , Carmarthen, 1850 , 6;
  • J. Thickens , Emynau a’u Hawduriaid , 1945 , 98, 143.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959