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GRIFFITHS , MORRIS ( fl. 1766-1805 ) Methodist exhorter, afterwards Baptist minister, and hymn-writer .

In 1766 he was a Methodist exhorter at Prendergast , near Haverfordwest ; in 1776 , when he called at Trevecka , he was a lay preacher . In 1779 he was baptized at Llangloffan and in 1788 was ordained one of the ministers of that church. H. d. in 1805 . He is often confused with Morris Griffiths of Trefgarn (see the preceding article). He published: Marwnad … John Davies, Pregethwr yr efengyl yn Sir Benbro , c. 1765 ; Defnyddiol Hymnau i Breswylwyry Graig ( Trevecka 1779 ); Llythyr Caredig , 1786 ; Egwyddorion Difinyddiaeth , 1789 — a kind of confession of faith, each point being followed by a bit of verse, and three hymns; and Dammeg, mewn Dull o Y mddiddan rhwng Credadyn a Mr. Ewyllys-Rhydd a Satan ( Trevecka ). According to Gwilym Lleyn , he also published Dull o Ymddiddan rhwng Gweinidog yr Efengyl a Disgybl ieuanc dan holiad in 1784 . His hymns never achieved popularity.

Sources:

  • D. Jones , Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Neheubarth Cymru , 1839 , 188, 192;
  • Joshua Thomas , Hanes y Bedyddwyr ymhlith y Cymry ( 1885 ed.), 537-8, 540;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , viii, 68-9, xviii, 29-30, 73-7, xxxiii, 47;
  • Y Cymmrodor , xlv, 38.
  • [See further Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , July 1952 on the subject of the two Morris Griffiths.]

Author:

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

Published date: 1959