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FRANCIS , EDMUND ( 1768 - 1831 ), Sandemanian Baptist minister ;

probably an Anglesey man, for his mother Lydia Francis was baptized at Amlwch ; he too was baptized there, 8 Oct. 1786 . He had begun preaching before 1790 , and on 1 Dec. 1795 was ordained as assistant to Christmas Evans (q.v.) . Evans was at that time a Sandemanian ; unlike him, Francis held to those views for the rest of his life. In 1799 he removed to Caernarvon , as clerk to Richard Roberts (a slate-merchant , and owner of the Cilgwyn quarry ), who was like him a Sandemanian ; on Roberts 's death in 1815 , Francis opened a flour and corn business — he was also agent for the Drws-y-coed copper-mine . In or very shortly after 1801 he had founded ‘Scotch Baptist’ churches at Caernarvon and Llanllyfni , under his own pastorate . He was a man of a literary turn of mind , and a friend of the poet Robert Williams ( Robert ap Gwilym Ddu , 1767 - 1850 , q.v.) ; it was Francis who supervised the publication of the hymnary edited by J. R. Jones of Ramoth (q.v.) ; and in 1829 he published Welsh translations of three of the works of Archibald McLean . He d. in Dec. 1831 , on the fifth according to his tombstone at Llanllyfni , on the eighth according to the Ramoth ( Llanfrothen ) church book. A granddaughter of his m. the historian Alfred Neobard Palmer (q.v.) .

Sources:

  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 , iii, 283-5, 359;
  • J. D. Davies in Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru , 1940 , 32-6.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959