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DAVIES , WILLIAM ( 1820 - 1875 ), Wesleyan minister ;

b. at Aberystwyth , 16 Oct. 1820 . He received a reasonably good elementary education and later taught himself by omnivorous reading. His mother was a Wesleyan and he himself joined the connexion in 1840 . He was a paid preacher at Llanfair-yng-Nghornwy , Anglesey , when he was accepted as a candidate for the ministry in 1843 ; he was ordained in 1847 at the end of his probationary period. After serving as a minister in various circuits in North Wales , Liverpool , and London , he was in 1867 appointed supervisor of the denominational bookroom at Bangor . He was probably the most gifted Welsh Wesleyan minister of the century — an able organizer , an effective debater , a highly influential preacher , and a man of wide literary and musical interests. He was editor of Y Winllan ( 1857-60 ) and Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd ( 1866-75 ), to which latter periodical he regularly contributed over a long period of years a column known as ‘ Llith yr Hen Wyliedydd .’ His chief literary works were Geiriadur Ysgrythyrol , 1857 ; Agoriad i'r Ysgrythyrau , 1860 ; Athrawiaeth yr Iawn , 1873 ; John Bunyan a'i Amserau , 1900 (reprinted from Yr Eurgrawn , 1867 ). He was the first finance secretary of the North Wales province ( 1855-60 , 1863-6 ) and was general secretary of the province from 1865 to 1875 . His first wife was Jane Williams , Ty Newydd , Abergele (d. 26 Jan. 1854 , aged 33); William Edwards Davies (q.v.) was their son. His second wife was Mary Humphreys of Aberystwyth (d. 1875 ), widow of Hugh Humphreys of Holywell . He himself d. shortly after his second wife, 13 Aug. 1875 , and was buried with her at Aberystwyth .

Sources:

  • Y Geninen , 1886 , 145-52.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959