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EDWARDS , WILLIAM ( 1848 - 1929 ), Baptist college principal ;

b. at Llanafon , Login, Pembs. , 16 March 1848 , son of a monumental mason . From Pontypool Baptist College he went to Regent's Park , graduated in London University , was tutor at Haverfordwest Baptist College 1872-80 , and then returned to Pontypool as principal and tutor in New Testament Greek . In 1882 he was one of the chief promoters of University College , Cardiff (of whose council he was a member for the rest of his life); and he was one of the most active supporters of the removal of his own college from Pontypool to Cardiff in 1893 . He published a good many small books, and a more substantial work, Cyfieithiad Newydd o'r Testament Newydd (four vols., 1894 , 1898 , 1913 and 1915 ), with critical notes and introductions. In his denomination, he was an energetic administrator ; he was chairman of the Welsh Baptist Union in 1906 , and of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland in 1911 . In politics, he was a strong Liberal and liberationist, and a notable platform orator . The honorary degree of LL.D . was conferred upon him by the University of Wales in 1925 . He d. 28 Feb. 1929 .


  • T. W. Chance (ed.), The Life of Principal William Edwards, B.A., Ph.D., D.D., LL.D. (Cardiff, 1934) (Cardiff, 1934 );
  • personal knowledge.


Reverend Principal John Williams Hughes, M.A., B.D., (1888-1979), Bangor

Published date: 1959