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DAVIES , JOHN OSSIAN ( 1851 - 1916 ), Congregational minister and author ;

b. at Pendre , Cardigan , 10 Nov. 1851 , son of Daniel and Phoebe Davies . Starting life as printer and journalist , he edited Y Fellten at Merthyr Tydfil , and became secretary of the South Wales Temperance Society . He began to preach at Merthyr and entered the Memorial College , Brecon , in 1873 . He was invited to succeed William Rees ( Gwilym Hiraethog , 1802 - 1883 , q.v.) in Liverpool , but accepted a call to Tabernacle (Welsh) , Llanelly , 1876 . In 1880 he became minister of Herbert Place (English) , Swansea , removing to Tollington Park , London , in 1883 , and to Bournemouth in 1888 ; during his ministry there, Richmond Hill church was built. He returned to London in 1897 as minister of Paddington chapel . He resigned in 1903 . Old yet ever new , 1904 , and Dayspring from on high , 1907 , contain sermons by him. He d. 24 Sept. 1916 at Shortlands, Kent . His brother, Timothy Eynon Davies , is separately noticed.

Sources:

  • Album Aberhonddu … o'r flwyddyn 1755 hyd 1880 (1898) , 281;
  • The Congregational Year Book , 1917 .

Author:

Reverend Thomas Mardy Rees, (1871-1953), Neath

Published date: 1959