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GRIFFITHS , DAVID ( 1756 - 1834 ), Methodist cleric ;

b. at Felinwlân , Lampeter Velfrey, Pembs. , son of John Griffiths . He was educated at Pembroke grammar-school and, c. 1774 , was appointed private tutor to the Bowen family (q.v.) of Llwyn-gwair , Nevern , where he came into contact with some of the principal Methodist leaders . He m. the eldest daughter of his patron . He was ordained deacon by the bishop of S. Davids , 16 Oct. 1779 , and priest , 2 Sept. 1780 ; and was appointed vicar of Nevern , a Crown presentation, 2 Dec. 1783 . A fluent preacher , he constantly ministered to the Methodist communities and frequented their societies. He opposed their claim to ordain ministers , however, and in 1811 left them and took possession of their chapels at Nevern , Eglwyswrw , and S. Dogmaels . After that he confined his activities to his own parish. He was one of the executors of the will of Bridget Bevan (q.v.) , and did a great deal for education after the money left by the will had been made available. He d. 18 Sept. 1834 at Berry Hill , Newport, Pembs. , and was buried in Nevern church.

His brother, JOHN GRIFFITH , was a student at the countess of Huntingdon's college at Trevecka . In 1795 , in Spa Fields chapel , he was ordained a minister in the countess's connexion but later became an Independent . He was a minister in several places in England but, in his old age, returned to die in his brother's house at Lampeter Velfrey . There he was buried. Josiah Thomas Jones (q.v.) , printer and publisher of the Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol , was a nephew of the two brothers.


  • Y Drysorfa , 1834 , 344;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd (1895) , ii, 329-36;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 417, 431;
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles (Denbigh, 1908) , ii, 46, 299.


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

Published date: 1959