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EVAN , EVAN DAFYDD ( fl. 1771-9 ), an early Methodist exhorter

who lived at Tŷr-clai (or Tir-y-clai ), Llanfynydd, Carms. He was celebrated in his day because of his remarkable appearance and his unconventional method of preaching ; he was responsible for the conversion of the celebrated Jenkin Thomas (‘ Siencyn Penhydd ,’ 1746 - 1807 , q.v.) . He, with others, built the first Methodist chapel at Llanfynydd c. 1771 . He is called ‘ Evan David of Tir y Clai , Cordwainer ’ in the will of Morgan Rhys (q.v.) , 1779 — he was one of the executors of the last will of that hymn-writer . The date of his death is not known.


  • Methodistiaeth Cymru (1851–6) , ii, 428-9;
  • E. Matthews , Hanes Bywyd Siencyn Penhydd, neu Mr. Jenkin Thomas, o Benhydd, yn Sir Forganwg (Pontypridd, 1850) , 1850 , 8-13;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd xvii, 14-18.


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959