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FRIMSTON , THOMAS ( Tudur Clwyd ; 1854 - 1930 ), Baptist minister, historian and antiquary ;

b. 28 July 1854 at Rhuddlan , son of Thomas , son of Thomas and Jane Frimston , and brother of John Frimston , pastor of Trehafod (d. 1930 ). He was admitted to Llangollen Baptist College in 1876 , and served the pastorates of Llangefni ( 1879-82 ), Brynhyfryd , Swansea ( 1882-7 ), Garn Dolbenmaen and Capel-y-beirdd ( 1887-93 ), Llangefni ( 1893-1904 , when the Christmas Evans Memorial chapel was erected), and finally Old Colwyn ( 1904-30 ). He m. 13 June 1882 , Sarah Eleanor Roberts (d. 1 May 1927 ), daughter of Edward Roberts , Llangollen ; five children were born of the marriage. He d. 12 May 1930 .

Frimston is best remembered for his researches into Welsh Baptist history , e.g. Ebenezer: Hanes Eglwys Fedyddiedig, Llangefni , 1897 ; Canrif o Ymdrechion Bedyddwyr Môn , 1902 ; and several contributions to Baptist periodicals, especially on Flintshire Baptists in Y Greal , 1907-10 , 1917 , and on Anglesey Baptists in Seren Gomer , 1925-6 . Other works by him were published, e.g. Y Cyssonydd Ysgrythyrol , 1885 ; Crefydd ym Mhlwyf Rhiwabon , 1890 ; Ofergoelion yr Hen Gymry (n.d.); and Holwyddoreg Ysgrythyrol (n.d.); and he was a contributor to Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig . He also won two prizes for essays submitted to the national eisteddfod, at Rhyl ( 1892 ) on Flintshire antiquities, and at Pontypridd ( 1893 ) on Welsh emigration to America . He was secretary of the Books Society of the Welsh Baptists , and was president of the Baptist Associations of Anglesey ( 1897 ) and Denbigh , Flint and Merioneth ( 1926 ).

Sources:

  • Seren Gomer , 1932 , 1-5 (portrait);
  • Seren Cymru , 6 June 1930 ;
  • Baptist Handbook , 1931 ;
  • Denbigh, Flint and Meirioneth Association Letter , 1925 , 1926 , 5 (portrait);
  • Cardiff Free Libraries, Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department , 1898 ( J. H. Davies 's personal copy in N.L.W.).

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959