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GRIFFITH , RICHARD DAVIES ( 1813 - 1856 ), Wesleyan missionary and linguist ;

b. at Swansea . When 19 years of age he entered Hoxton Theological Institution , London . In 1837 he was appointed to India , but was shipwrecked on the coast of Coromandel and suffered incredible privations. Applying himself to the study of literature and dialects , he soon became a recognized scholar in Tamul and Sanskrit , and rendered great service to the Bible Society in publishing the Scriptures in Tamul . Whilst labouring in the Madras district he was disabled by a malady and forced to return to England , dying shortly afterwards on 29 June 1856 , at the age of forty-six .


  • William Moister , Heralds of Salvation ;
  • Minutes of the Wesleyan Conference' .


Reverend Dr Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea

Published date: 1959