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DAVIES , DAVID (‘ Dafi Dafis, Rhydcymerau ’; 1814 - 1891 ), a Calvinistic Methodist preacher ,

Born 24 Aug. 1814 at Llwydcoed , near Llanybyther, Carms. , son of David and Eleanor Davies. He received some education, and followed his father's trade as a wood-turner . At an early age he moved with his parents to Rhydcymerau . He began to preach in 1834 , and was ordained in 1880 . He was twice m., ( a ) to Margaret of Coed Iarll , Briton Ferry, Glam. , and ( b ) to Mary Evans , of Tir-Ifan-Ddu , whose father was step-brother to Thomas Evans ( Tomos Glyn Cothi , 1764 - 1833 ) . He lived from 1860 to the end of his days at Cwmcyfyng , near Capel Isaac , where he d. 2 Jan. 1891 .

Although he had but little schooling, he was interested in languages , and read the Bible daily in the original languages. He was remarkable for his dramatic style of preaching , and his ready retorts and witty sayings remain as part of the lore of the countryside. Many of his idiosyncrasies arose to a certain extent from his deafness , and after his death they provided much of the contents of his biography.

Sources:

  • James Morris , Cofiant Dafi Dafis, Rhydcymerau (Dolgellau, 1897, 1898) ;
  • family information supplied by his grandson Mr. D. Myrddin Lloyd ;
  • Enwogion Cymreig (1700-1900) (1907) .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959