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GRIFFITH , WILLIAM ( 1801 - 1881 ), Independent minister and hymn-writer ,

younger son of John Griffith ( 1752 - 1818 ) (q.v.) , b. 12 Aug. 1801 at Glan-yr-afon , Llanfaglan, Caerns. , was at Neuadd-lwyd and Carmarthen , and was in 1822 ordained minister at Holyhead , where he remained for the rest of his life, declining calls to important churches in London , Liverpool , Carmarthen , and other places. His long ministry was of great importance in the history of Independency in Anglesey , and he himself became one of the leaders of his denomination in North Wales . His connections with Moravianism are of great interest. His mother was a niece of William Griffith ( 1719 - 1782 ) (q.v.) of Drws-y-coed, Caerns. , and his association with that family led to his marriage ( 1843 ) with Alicia Evans , grand-daughter of the same William Griffith . The marriage was solemnized at Bristol Moravian chapel , and the bride's aunt, Mary Griffith , a Moravian ‘labouress,’ came to live with the married pair at Holyhead , where she d. in 1847 . Mrs. Griffith d. 21 March 1865 . Their son, Sir John Purser Griffith , is separately noticed.

Sources:

  • E. Cynffig Davies , Cofiant y Parch. William Griffith, Caergybi , 1883 , 1883 ;
  • Y Cymmrodor , xlv, 119-20, 152-3.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959