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EDWARDS , JOHN ( 1755 - 1823 ), Calvinistic Methodist exhorter ;

b. 8 Sept. 1755 at Ereiniog , Penmorfa, Caerns. , a farm on which his ancestors had lived for many generations. When young, he was something of a poet and interludist , but about 1774-5 his thoughts were turned to religion, and in 1787 he began preaching . He m. ( c. 1790 ) Elizabeth Jones of Hafod Ifan ( Ysbyty Ifan, Denbs. ). In 1795 he had to leave his farm, as the landowner would not allow him to preach ; he moved first to Gelli-gynan ( Llanarmon-yn-Iâl ), then in 1811 to Plas Coch in Llanychan, Denbs. , and finally ( 1817 ) to Caerwys Hall, Flints. ; in all these districts he founded Methodist causes . He was a skilled farmer , and took great interest in veterinary medicine , publishing at Denbigh in 1816 Y Cyfarwyddyd Profedig i bob Perchen Anifeiliaid . He d. 19 Nov. 1823 .

Sources:

  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , iii, 204-8;
  • J. Jones (‘Myrddin Fardd’) , Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon , 1922 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959