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GRIFFITHS , WILLIAM ( 1859 - 1940 ), Unitarian minister and Hebrew scholar .

Born at Cwmllynfell and educated at Gwynfryn school , Carmarthen Presbyterian College ( 1882-6 ), and Yale , U.S.A. ( 1886-91 or 92 ) where he graduated B.D. and Ph.D. In his early days he was an Independent , but on his return to Wales from the U.S.A. he became a Unitarian , was a missionary in North Wales ( 1892-3 ), minister at Pontypridd ( 1893-1900 ), and later minister of a number of Unitarian churches in England .

He was reputed to be a good Hebraist and had made an intensive study of the Psalms . He edited Y Pelydryn , 1896 ; Stepping Stone , 1896-7 ; Casgliad o Emynau , 1893 ; and published a number of pamphlets and sermons in Welsh and English .

He m. Florence Davies of Trow-bridge , 18 May 1897 , and they had several children. He d. 7 July 1940 at Clydach , near Swansea .

Sources:

  • Yr Ymofynnydd , 1940 ;
  • The Unitarian Students at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen…1796–1901 , 1901 , 90-1;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 , 187.

Author:

Reverend Thomas Oswald Williams, M.A., (1888-1965), Lampeter

Published date: 1959