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DAVIES , EDWARD ( 1796 - 1857 ), Independent minister and college tutor ;

b. 13 March 1796 at Ashton , Salop , but brought up at Wrexham and educated at a grammar school at Chester ; he was a protégé of William Williams of Wern ( 1781 - 1840 ) (q.v.) , at whose suggestion he began preaching . Entering Llanfyllin Academy , then under George Lewis ( 1763 - 1822 ) (q.v.) , in 1817 , he was appointed student-assistant in 1818 and classical tutor in 1819 ; he m. Lewis 's daughter. In 1821 the Academy was moved to Newtown , where Lewis d. in 1822 ; Davies was thought too young to be placed in charge, but was made theology tutor , with Samuel Bowen (q.v.) as colleague. Bowen resigned in 1830 , and Davies carried on alone, under great difficulties, till 1839 , when the Academy was removed to Brecon and renamed ‘ Brecon Independent College ’; even then he was not made principal . He d. 25 Feb. 1857 . A man of strongly conservative views, not only in theology but also in politics, he is described as an indifferent preacher but an excellent teacher .

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 389-91;
  • G. D. Owen , Ysgolion a Cholegau yr Annibynwyr , 1939 , 1939 , chapters viii and ix.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959