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DAVIES , JOHN GWYNORO ( 1855 - 1935 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. 28 Feb. 1855 at Llanpumpsaint, Carms. , the son of Evan Davies , a minister . Educated at the local school, he became a pupil teacher , and, at the age of 20, headmaster of Dinas school , Rhondda . He was especially interested in school music. Having decided to enter the Calvinistic Methodist ministry, in 1877 he entered Aberystwyth University College , whence he proceeded to Bala College . At Aberystwyth he shared lodgings with ( Sir ) Owen M. Edwards , who introduced him to T. E. Ellis and obtained for him his first pastorate , at Llanuwchllyn . In 1887 he became minister of Caersalem , Barmouth , where he remained until his death. An ardent Radical , and a patriotic Welshman , he was more interested in public affairs, especially education, than in denominational matters. For seventeen years he was chairman of the Barmouth urban council ; and served on almost every Welsh public committee . He wrote several articles for Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig , and was also the author of Flashes from the Welsh Pulpit , to which Thomas Charles Edwards (q.v.) contributed an introduction. He m. (1) Mary , daughter of John Jones ( Ivon , 1820 - 1898 , q.v. ), and (2) Jeannie Mary , daughter of William Watkin , Muriau , Criccieth . He d. 23 March 1935 .

Sources:

  • Personal knowledge.

Author:

William Watkin Davies, M.A., Birmingham

Published date: 1959