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DAVIES , DAVID ( 1791 - 1864 ), Independent minister and Academy tutor ;

b. at Cilfforch ( Aberayron ) in Feb. 1791 . He was a member of Neuadd-lwyd church and was educated first at Castell Hywel and then at Carmarthen ( 1807-11 ). He was ordained in 1813 as assistant at Pendref , Caernarvon , to John Griffiths ( 1752 - 1818 ) (q.v.) , but in 1814 accepted a call to Pant Teg and Peniel churches near Carmarthen , where he remained until his death. He m. Anne , daughter of David Jeremy of Trefynys ( Peniel ), and took a large farm near Abergwili (managed mainly by his wife); they had thirteen children. In 1835 , on the resignation of David Peter (q.v.) , he became principal and theology tutor at Carmarthen , but by 1854 it was felt that he was no longer fully up to the mark, and he was persuaded to resign in 1855 . He d. 31 July 1864 . Theologically he was a liberal Calvinist , and one of the chief propagators in South Wales of the views of Edward Williams of Rotherham ( 1750 - 1813 ) (q.v.) . There is a biography of David Davies , by William Jones of Swansea , 1867 .

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iii, 459-63.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959