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DAVIES , JOHN ( 1795 - 1858 ), Unitarian minister and schoolmaster ;

b. in 1795 , son of David Davies ( 1764? - 1828 ) (q.v.) of Llan-y-bri . He was educated at home, at the local grammar school, and at Carmarthen Academy ( 1815-19 ). While at college he became a Unitarian and began to preach in the Unitarian chapel in the town. In Jan. 1820 , when David Davis of Castellhywel ( 1745 - 1827 ) (q.v.) retired, he was invited to minister to his churches — Llwyn-rhyd-Owen , Pen-rhiw , Alltyblaca , and Bwlchyfadfa . For a time he was an assistant at Davis 's school, but before long started schools of his own at Gelli-gron , Tyssul Castle , Blaenbydernyn ( Pencarreg, Carms. ), and Tre-fach ; in 1830 he opened an academy at Adpar , Newcastle Emlyn , which flourished until his death. Many of his most distinguished pupils have testified to his ability as a teacher . He wrote some hymns and edited for James Evans , stone-mason and bookbinder of Pentre-nax , Bwlchyfadfa , the 3rd impression of the hymn-book of Josiah Rees ( 1744 - 1804 ) (q.v.) . In this new edition he included some additional hymns written by T. J. Griffiths ( 1797? - 1871 ) (q.v.) and by himself. He d. 19 April 1858 and lies in the graveyard of the old chapel at Llwyn-rhyd-Owen .

Sources:

  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 , 35;
  • The Unitarian Students at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen…1796–1901 , 1901 , 20;
  • Hanes Plwyf Llandyssul , 1896 , 115-6.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959