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DAFYDD , ROBERT ( 1747 - 1834 ), Calvinistic Methodist preacher; a weaver ,

b. at Cwmbychan , Nanmor, Mer. , son of a weaver named Dafydd Prichard. When about 21 he was affected by a sermon preached by John Robert Lewis (q.v.) , and learned to read in the circulating school kept at Beddgelert by Robert Jones ( 1745 - 1829 ) (q.v.) , of Rhos-lan . He then went to live and work in Llangybi parish, Caerns. , m., and set up house at Tyddyn Ruffydd . His name appears as one of the witnesses of the first title-deed ( 1772 ) of Brynengan chapel , the focus of Eifionydd Methodism , and he began preaching in 1773 . He d. 17 April 1834 at the chapel-house of Brynengan , where one of his sons lived. Physically, he was a giant; his tongue had a very rough edge, and his sayings are widely remembered.


  • Henry Hughes , Robert Dafydd, Brynengan; ei hanes, a'i hynodion, ynghyda hanes eglwys hynafol ac enwog Brynengan, gyda darluniau o'r gwrthrych ac o gafel Brynengan (Caernarfon, 1895) , 1895 .


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

Published date: 1959