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EVANS , ARTHUR ( 1755 - 1837 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. at Felindre , Penboyr, Carms. , 2 Sept. 1755 , son of Thomas Evans . Left an orphan, he was brought up as a weaver by an uncle. In 1773 he joined the C.M. society then held at Gwern-yr-hafod and later at Conwil . Intending to take orders, he went to Carmarthen Academy , but failed to obtain orders. In 1782 he began preaching , and about the same time m. (he had four children). After keeping school at Conwil , he took a farm called Waun-lwyd , where he lived for twenty-seven years. He was one of the thirteen ordinands at the Llandilo association of 1811 . He d. 20 April 1837 . He was not a notable preacher , but he had great administrative gifts , and was secretary of his county ‘monthly meeting’ for twenty-five years. A hymn of his, ‘ Dyro afael ar y bywyd ,’ is very well known.


  • Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig (1889-96) (2nd ed.), x, 570-4 (an expansion of an article in Y Drysorfa , Jan. 1839 );
  • J. Thickens , Emynau a'u Hawduriaid (1945) , 1945 .


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

Published date: 1959