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HIGGS , DANIEL (d. 1691 ), Puritan minister ;

b. at Chadwich in Worcs. , he matriculated from Magdalen Hall , Oxford , and became B.A. in 1651 . Almost immediately he was persuaded to join the Propagation forces in South Wales , more especially as an itinerant in Carmarthenshire ; on the lapse of the Propagation Act in 1653 , and under the more stabilizing policy of the Triers , he became minister of Rhossilly in Gower . This living he had to surrender under the Act of Sept. 1660 ( 12 Chas. II, c . 17 ), but he had already been nominated by the king to the rectory of Porteynon , swore the necessary oaths, and signed the S. Davids subscription book. But the 1662 Act of Uniformity was too much for him; in Nov. of that year a new rector was settled there ‘ per nonconformitatem Danieli Higgs .’ Thereafter he appeared considerably as a sober but stout dissenter ; he secured a licence to preach in his own house in Swansea ( April, 1672 ), and was disappointed in not securing more places to preach in (he did actually, when in London , secure four other preaching places in Gower , but his name is not definitely associated with them as ‘teacher’). In 1675 , he is (but rather indeterminately), called pastor of the powerful Swansea group of Independents . Higgs had poor health, and there is evidence that more than once he had to leave Swansea for his native Chadwick , where he d. (before Sept.) 1691 .


  • Bodl. J. Walker , c. 4, f. 72, c. 13, ff. 22, 39;
  • Bishops’ Certificates, S. Davids file 13;
  • Lambeth MS 639 (337);
  • T. Richards , Wales under the Indulgence , 158;
  • Broadmead Records (1847, 1865) , Add. B., 514;
  • Calamy , An account of the ministers … ejected (1660–2) , ii, 729-30;
  • Y Cofiadur , 1948 , 10-12, 24;
  • Manuscript (the property of the Presbyterian Board) published by Alexander Gordon under the title Freedom after Ejection. A Review (1690–1692) of Presbyterian and Congregational Nonconformity in England and Wales, 1917 , 283.


Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Corrections and additions:

HIGGS , DANIEL ( DWB , 356).

Read Chadwich (not ‘Chadwick’).


Published date: 1959