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DAVIES , BEN ( 1840 - 1930 ), Independent minister, popular preacher, and author ;

b. at Dinas , Rhondda , 28 Sept. 1840 . He was very young when he became a coal-miner , and his schooling had, accordingly, been neglected. However, he set to work to educate himself and became a member of Cymer church , Rhondda , where he started preaching . He was admitted to the Independent college at Bala in 1866 , but in little less than a year received a call from the churches at Glandŵr Taf and Watford . In 1873 he moved to the Tabernacle at Treorchy , and from there, in 1885 , to Trelech , where he was also in charge of Capel Iwan ; it was as ‘ Davies Trelech ’ that he was known in the days of his popularity as a preacher . In 1902 he left Trelech to take charge of Ebenezer , Newcastle Emlyn , with Capel Iwan , but gave up the latter in 1918 . He published in 1882 a volume of sermons, Gair y Cymod , and in course of time this was followed by three others — Y Bywyd Annherfynol , Pyrth Seion , and Y Gronyn Gwenith . He also published two volumes of miscellaneous writings — Cyfaill Ieuenctyd , 1903 , and Y Pulpud a'r Seddau , 1909 . He was chairman of the Union of Welsh Independents in 1904 . He was an impressive preacher for his sermons were prepared with meticulous care and he spoke with authority. His books reveal a rich vein of practical wisdom and mother wit. He d. 27 Aug. 1930 , a month before his ninetieth birthday.

Sources:

  • Dyddiadur yr Annibynwyr , Dolgellau , xxix, 188.

Author:

Rev. Thomas Eirug Davies, M.A., B.D. (1892-1951), Lampeter

Published date: 1959