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EVANS , THOMAS PENRY ( 1839 - 1888 ), Congregational minister ;

b. in the Pant-teg district, Carms. His early education was patchy and life for him in early youth was not easy. After working on farms in the neighbourhood he left, when eighteen years old, to work in the Cyfyng iron works , Ystalyfera . He was received into church membership at Gurnos , began to preach there in 1863 , and went to Thomas Jones , Gwernogle, Carms. , to be prepared for college. He was at Carmarthen Presbyterian College from 1865 to 1868 . He received a call from the Dock church , Llanelly , and was ordained there on 6 Oct. 1868 . In 1870 he went to New Quay, Cards. , staying there until 1882 when he moved to Hope church , Pontardulais . He d. 26 Aug. 1888 . In addition to being an exceedingly popular preacher by virtue of his homely style and his gift of humour, Evans was also an extremely popular lecturer .

He published a small book called Fy Mhregeth Gyntaf .


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 178, iii, 497, iv, 147, v, 343;
  • The Congregational Year Book , 1889 ;
  • Byr-gofiant i'r diweddar Barch. T. Penry Evans, Pontardulais (1890) by Watcyn Wyn ;
  • Y Dysgedydd , Oct. 1888 ;
  • NLW MS 10326.


Reverend John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959