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DAFYDD , RICHARD WILLIAM ( fl. 1740-1752 ), Methodist exhorter ;

a native of Llandyfaelog, Carms. , and a brother of David Williams of Lisworney ( 1717 - 1792 ) (q.v.) . He is said to have preached in Anglesey in 1740 and to have been roughly handled there. It is certain that he was exhorting in 1742 and that, in 1743 , when the Association met at Llanddeusant , he was appointed to supervise the societies in Carmarthenshire . He took an active part in the revolt headed by John Richard of Llansamlet (q.v.) against the dispositions made by the Association in 1743 , and both Whitefield and Howel Harris wrote remonstrating with him. In 1744 he was appointed visitor to the societies at Gorseinon and Pembrey . He is known to have been at Llandyfaelog in 1744 and Thomas William ( 1717 - 1765 ) (q.v.) met him there in 1747 . We catch a last glimpse of him in 1752 when he was preaching at Trevecka . He appears to have settled in Swansea where he was one of the pillars of the early Methodist society in that town.

Sources:

  • H. Bevan , Ychydig hanes neu goffadwriaeth am amryw bethau neillduol a gymmerasant le ymhlith corph y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yn ac o'u dechreuad, sef oddiar yr amser y daeth Mr. Howel Harries i bregethu yn ei droion cyntaf i amryw barthau o Sir Forganwg a'i chyffiniau pethau na buont yn argraffedig o'r blaen, eithr wedi eu clywed o eneuau yr hen bobl ag oedd yn fyw yn yr amser hyny, ac wedi eu hysgrifenu er mwyn eu cadw mewn coffadwriaeth, ar ddymuniad rhai Brodyr , Swansea, 1838 , etc., 7;
  • John Pritchard , Methodistiaeth Môn , 1888 , 23;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , i, 115, iii, 29;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd , 1895 , i, 212;
  • R. Bennett , Methodistiaeth Trefaldwyn Uchaf, 1738–1852 , 1929 , 224;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , xxi, 74, xxv, 52, xxvii, 15, 140;
  • J. Evans , Biographical Dictionary of Ministers and Preachers of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Body…to the close of the year 1850 , 1907 , 29;
  • T. Beynon , Treftadaeth y Cenfu a Maes Gwenllian , 1941 , 121.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959