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DAVIES , JOHN [ 1700? - 1792 ], cleric .

A contemporary of Daniel Rowland , Llangeitho , and one of the Evangelical school. He was educated at S. Edmund Hall , Oxford , and was rector of Sharncote (not Escourt ), Wilts. , for twenty-seven years, 1765-92 (see J. Owen , Memoir of Daniel Rowland , 179). He heard Daniel Rowland preach and his description of the preacher is probably the best on record. He translated into English eight of Rowland 's sermons, 1772 , and, later, three others, 1774 .

The only entry in Foster which seems at all likely to tally with the above statement on Davies 's education would make him son of John Davies of Trawsfynydd, Mer. , fix his birth at c. 1700 , and date his graduation at 1723 .


  • J. Hughes , Welsh reformers biographical sketches of eminent Welshmen foremost in promoting the cause of religion in Wales during the Tudor and Stuart dynasties containing also a memoir of Rowlands, Llangeitho, including his sermons (London, 1867) , 1867 , 143;
  • E. Morgan , Ministerial records or brief accounts of the great progress of religion, under the ministry of those eminent, learned, and pious ministers of God, … D. Rowlands … , W. Williams … , D. Jones … (Bungay, 1840) , 120-2;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses .


Reverend Daniel Williams, (1878-1968), Llangollen

Published date: 1959