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GRONOW , DANIEL (d. 1796 ), Presbyterian minister ;

b. at Llangyfelach, Glam. , was a member of Mynydd-bach church . He was at Carmarthen Academy from 1757 to 1760 , when he was ordained assistant to Philip Pugh (q.v.) in the pastorate of Cilgwyn, Cards. , and its branches; it would seem that Cihau Aeron and Neuadd-lwyd were his special charge. It is clear from Edmund Jones 's disparaging references to him (diary, 1768 ) that Gronow was not even then an orthodox Calvinist . In 1769 , he was called to the newly-founded Independent church at Bala ( H. Egl. Ann. , i, 406-7), where he worked hard, founding a new church at Tyn-y-bont and holding services at Llandderfel . He succeeded Thomas Evans ( 1714? - 1779 ) (q.v.) in 1780 at Mixenden, Yorks. ; during his short stay there, he was a Unitarian ( Miall , Congregationalism in Yorkshire , 319 — which calls him ‘ David Gronow ’ and speaks of his ‘imperfect’ English ). From 1782 till 1787 , he was pastor of various churches in Yorkshire , but removed then to Alfreton , Derby. , where he d. in 1796 .

Sources:

  • NLW MS 10327 ( Walter J. Evans ),
  • and the references above.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959