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DAVID , REES (alive in 1746 ), early Arminian Baptist ,

of whom very little is known. According to Walter J. Evans ( N.L.W. MS. 10327 ), he was at Carmarthen under Perrott ; but the only similar name in Wilson 's list of Perrott 's students ( Dr. Williams's library , copy in N.L.W. MS. 373 ) is the ‘ Rees Davies ’ who is there identified with Rees Davies of Canerw ( see under Davies , Benjamin , 1739 - 1817 ) ; neither identification is wholly convincing. Rees David , however, was not a minister but a schoolmaster . In 1720 or 1721 he published a Welsh translation of the Baptist Association 's Confession of Faith . This has been wrongly attributed to Jenkin Jones of Llwyn-rhyd-owen ( 1700? - 1742 ) (q.v.) , an attribution not only improbable in itself but contradicted by the ‘R.D.’ appended to the book and to its preface. On the other hand, Joshua Thomas , oddly enough, credits David with Llun Agrippa , 1723 (a version of Matthew Mead 's book), although preface and title-page bear the name of Jenkin Jones . It seems that David 's school was in or near Newcastle Emlyn : he was one of the signatories of a letter sent to Rhydwilym church from Llandysul in 1725 . But in 1729 he adopted Arminian views, and removed to keep school at Hengoed, Glam. , where Charles Winter (q.v.) lived. In the doctrinal disputes at Hengoed ( 1730 ), David refused to compromise, and turned his back both on Hengoed and on the Baptist denomination , becoming an inn-keeper in Brecknock . He d. at Brecon ‘several years after 1746 ’ according to Joshua Thomas , who knew him and describes him as ‘a good-living, quiet, inoffensive man’ ( Hanes y Bedyddwyr , 378-9).

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959