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EVANS , MAURICE ( 1765 - 1831 ), Evangelical cleric ;

b. at Pengelli , Llangwyryfon, Cards. Educated at Ystrad Meurig under Edward Richard (q.v.) , he was ordained by the bishop of S. Davids , 1787 , became curate under Henry Venn at Yelling, Hunts. 1791-6 , and afterwards in Eltisley, Cambs. , 1796-1810 . He was presented to the livings of Tregaron , 20 Sept. 1810 , Penbryn , 18 April 1818 , Llangeler , 14 Feb. 1820 , and Penbryn with Betws Ifan and Bron-gwyn , 30 Oct. 1820 . He d. 24 Dec. 1831 . His evangelical zeal was much admired by many leaders of the Evangelical movement in England in the time of Henry Venn . Thomas Jones of Creaton ( 1752 - 1845 ) (q.v.) said of him in a letter to Thomas Charles , March 1794 — ‘He is a charming soul, a bundle of sweet dispositions.’ He played a leading part in paving the way for getting Bibles for the people of Wales before the Bible Society was formed.

Sources:

  • John Owen , Memoir of the Rev. Thomas Jones late of Creaton, Northamptonshire , 1851 ;
  • John Owen , The life of the Rev. Henry Venn Elliott, M.A., perpetual curate of St. Mary's Brighton, and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge , 1868 (5th ed.), 57, 500, 520;
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles , Denbigh, 1908 , ii, 264-5.

Author:

Rev. Daniel Williams, (1878-1968), Llangollen

Published date: 1959