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HOWELLS , HOWELL ( 1750 - 1842 ), Methodist cleric ;

b. 12 May 1750 at Ystrad-gynlais , Brecknock . As a young man he joined the Methodist society and began to preach when he was travelling in North Wales with John Evans (d. 1784 ) (q.v.) of Cil-y-cwm . He was educated at Llanddowror school c . 1778 and was ordained deacon in 1781 ; when he was ordained priest in 1782 he was referred to as ‘ curate of Ystradgynlais .’ After that, he is said to have served at Glyncorrwg but later went to S. Nicholas, Glam. , where he associated with David Jones , Llan-gan (q.v.) and came into collision with his parish priest because of his Methodism . He obtained an appointment as curate of Llanddiddan Fach , near Tre-hyl , and the local Methodists flocked there to receive communion. In 1818 he was forced to relinquish this appointment, and from that time until his death, 19 Jan. 1842 , remained a staunch Methodist , frequently taking part in the ordaining of Methodist ministers . He was twice m. (1) to Miss Thomas , daughter of the parish priest of Bonvilston and (2) to Miss Samuel of Cowbridge .


  • T. Morgan , Galarnad ar ôl y Parchedig Howell Howells, gynt o Drehill, Swydd Forganwg, yr hwn a fu farw ar y 19eg o Ionawr MDCCCXLII, yn y 92 flwydd o'i oed (Cardiff, 1842) , 1842 ;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1842 , 161-3;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd (1895) , ii, 300-5;
  • The Episcopal Registers of the Diocese of St. David's, 1397–1518 (1917–20) , no. 5.


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959