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DAVIES , WILLIAM JENKIN ( 1858 - 1919 ), Unitarian minister, man of letters, and musician ;

b. at Trecynon , Aberdare , 30 Jan. 1858 . He was educated at the Trecynon day schools and at the school maintained by R. Jenkin Jones (q.v.) ; he became a pharmacist — hence his interest in the trees and plants of Llandysul parish. After a preparatory period under William James ( 1848 - 1907 ) (q.v.) he went to the Unitarian College at Manchester ( 1878-1881 ), and later spent a year at Owens College as a Gaskell scholar . He became successively Unitarian minister of Dowlais ( 1882-9 ), Gelli-onnen ( 1886-9 ), Llwyn-rhyd-owen , Bwlch-y-fadfa , and Graig , Llandysul ( 1889-96 ), and Mount Pottinger , Belfast ( 1896-1903 ). He then retired and travelled abroad. In 1894 he won the prize at the Llandysul eisteddfod for a history of the parish. This work, which ran to over 350 pages, was subsequently published under the title Hanes Plwyf Llandysul ( Llandysul , 1896 ). He d. in London , 28 March 1919 , and was buried in Kensal Green .

Sources:

  • Yr Ymofynnydd , Oct. 1896, June 1919 ;
  • Register of Students, Unitarian College, Manchester , 1854-1929 , 35.

Author:

Reverend Thomas Oswald Williams, M.A., (1888-1965), Lampeter

Published date: 1959