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DAWKINS , MORGAN GAMAGE ( 1864 - 1939 ), Congregational minister, poet, and hymnist ;

b. 16 Dec. 1864 at Bryncethin , near Bridgend , his father, Thomas , being farmer of the smallholding of Cae-helyg Bach , a collier at Park Slip , and a lay preacher , and his mother, Mary , a member of the David family of Pencoed. On his father's side, he was descended from the illustrious families of Gamage and Dawkins . His mother d. in 1877 , his father was killed in the colliery , 14 Aug. 1879 , and they were both buried in a Gamage sepulchre at S. Bride's Minor . The family worshipped at the Betharan Congregational church , Brynmenyn. He began preaching at the age of 16 at Peniel , Bryncethin. As his brothers and sisters had dispersed, he gave up the smallholding and entered the Pontypridd Academy under E. Dunmor Edwards. In 1887 he was admitted to Brecon Memorial College , and spent the next two years in the University College at Cardiff , and the two following years at Brecon . In Feb. 1891 he accepted a call to Saron Congregational church , Birchgrove , where he was ordained, 5 and 6 July 1891 . In the following year the young church at Carmel , Morriston , invited him to be their minister on his free Sunday, once every month. In 1904 he confined his ministry entirely to the church at Carmel , and remained there until his retirement in 1929 . In 1938 he m. Mrs. Kate Evans , Morriston. He d. 10 Aug. 1939 and was buried at Horeb , Morriston . His ministry was devoted to his own church, and he did not seek the limelight of assemblies and conferences. He was an excellent pastor , and during his ministry the membership of Carmel increased sixfold. He was a poet by nature and an easy writer of prose . He won the ‘Tir Iarll’ eisteddfod chair in 1913 , his lyrics were awarded the prize at the Port Talbot national eisteddfod , 1932 , and his lyrics and cywydd at Neath , 1934 . He contributed much to Y Tyst and Y Darian , and to local newspapers. One of his hymns is included in Y Caniedydd Cynulleidfaol Newydd (no. 1049). In 1914 he issued a second edition of Lloffyn Addfed ( John Davies , Mynydd-bach , 1850), and a bilingual autobiography, Hogyn o Lannau Ogwr , in 1934 .

Sources:

  • Hogyn o Lannau Ogwr / A lad from Ogmore Banks , Morriston, 1934 ;
  • Y Dysgedydd , 1939 ;
  • The Congregational Year Book , 1940 .

Author:

Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959