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HERRING , JOHN ( 1789 - 1832 ), Baptist minister ;

b. in the parish of Trallwng , Brecknock , 8 Feb. 1789 , but brought up in the adjoining parish of Llanyspyddyd . The family became somewhat poor after the death of the boy's father in 1793 but the position was improved when he had a step-father in 1800 and the family moved to Pen-y-cae, Mon. He was baptized at Tredegar in 1804 , and began to preach in 1805 . He settled in Bethania , Cardigan , 1811 , and it was there he d., 2 April 1832 . Christmas Evans (q.v.) said that Herring had more of the attributes of a great preacher than anyone else in Wales . He was chairman of the south-west Wales Baptist Association , 1831-2 , and the writer of the letter to the Churches on ‘ the state of religion in our midst ’; he also edited Greal y Bedyddwyr .

Sources:

  • R. Edwards , Hanes Bethania, Aberteifi , Llandysul J. D. Lewis a'i Feibion, 1947 , 29-41;
  • Seren Cymru , 21 Jan. 1949 .

Author:

Rev. William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 1959