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DAVIES , WILLIAM ( 1785 - 1851 ), Wesleyan minister and missionary ;

b. 12 Oct. 1785 near Llandyrnog, Denbs. In 1800 , after listening to Edward Jones , Bathafarn ( 1778 - 1837 ) (q.v.) , he became a member of the Wesleyan connexion and in 1805 before he was quite 20 years of age went to Beaumaris as minister . From 1806 until 1813 he was a minister in Montgomeryshire and South Wales , where he established many new churches . In 1814 he went to London , and before the end of the year had sailed to Sierra Leone as a missionary — the first Welsh Wesleyan to do so. There he became alderman , mayor , and Justice of the Peace , but in 1818 , his health having broken down, he returned and became a minister first in the Penzance circuit ( 1819-20 ) and then in a number of Welsh circuits until his retirement in 1841 . He was chairman of the province of Wales ( 1821-6 ) and secretary of the South Wales province ( 1829-33 ). His publications included many articles written for the Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , a number of booklets (mainly sermons), his diary as a missionary in Sierra Leone , and translations of Wesley 's hymns. The disease which he had contracted in Africa affected his mind and he was found hanged near his home at Kidwelly , 9 Feb. 1851 .

Sources:

  • Hanes Wesleyaeth Gymreig , 1911–3 , ii, 712-6;
  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , Dolgellau , 1909 , 210-5.

Author:

Rev. Griffith Thomas Roberts, M.A., (1887-1977), Tregarth, Bangor / Talsarnau

Published date: 1959