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GRIFFITHS , SAMUEL ( 1783 - 1860 ), Independent minister ;

b. at Blaenbrwynen in the parish of Clydau, Pembs. He began to preach at Tre-lech, Carms. He was a stonemason by trade and, as his education had been neglected, set about teaching himself; after which he opened a school at Llwyn-yr-hwrdd . From 1813 until Napoleon had been overthrown he was compelled to serve in the county militia . In 1818 he was ordained minister at Horeb , near Llandysul, Cards. , where he laboured strenuously to keep a school and to establish new Independent churches . In 1821 he took charge of Carmel , Pantdefaid ; in 1833 he built Bwlch-y-groes chapel and started a church there; and in 1839 he founded the church at Bryn-teg , Llanwenog . His publications included Traethawd ar Swper yr Arglwydd , 1822 ; Traethawd ar Grefydd Deuluaidd , 1828 ; Cofiant y Parch. Morgan Jones, Trelech , 1836 ; Gwaedd yng Nghymru , 1853 ; and a number of catechisms for the Sunday school . He rendered service to a large area as unpaid legal adviser and arbitrator . He d. 4 July 1860 at the age of seventy-seven, and was buried at Bwlch-y-groes . William Griffiths ( 1788 - 1861 ) (q.v.) , Calvinistic Methodist minister of Burry Green , Gower , was his brother.


  • E. Pan Jones , Cofiant y Parch. Samuel Griffiths, Horeb (1879) ;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iv, 201.


Reverend Thomas Eirug Davies, M.A., B.D. (1892-1951), Lampeter

Published date: 1959