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HOWELLS , MORGAN ( 1794 - 1852 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. at the Breach, S. Nicholas, Glam. , in May 1794 , son of Morgan and Elizabeth Howells , who were members of the Tre-hyl Methodist society and communicated in Llanddiddan Fach church , where Howell Howells (q.v.) , the Methodist curate , officiated. He received a smattering of education in the local schools but his father d. in 1807 and he had to go to Newport, Mon. , to learn to be a carpenter . The vital importance of religion was brought home to him under the ministry of John Rees , minister of Gobaith (Hope) chapel , and he joined that church. He began to preach in 1815 and was ordained at the Llangeitho association , 1824 . He was m. twice: (1) to Mary Lewis , sister of Richard Lewis (‘ Dic Penderyn ,’ q.v.) , 1827 and (2) to Ann Morgan of Ebbw Vale , 1843 . At the time of his second marriage he moved to Tredegar where he d. 21 March 1852 . In the course of his short life he became the chief ornament of Calvinistic Methodism in Monmouthshire and was celebrated throughout Wales as a preacher . The liveliness of his imagination, the ardour of his emotions, and the warmth of his genius inevitably kindled the fervour of his congregations. In 1829 he built a chapel at Newport , and at one time the debt incurred on it nearly overwhelmed him, but he collected money over the whole country to pay for it. In 1903 a new chapel was built at Newport to his memory. In 1858 , Gweithiau Morgan Howells … pregethau a thraethodau , was published under the editorship of Edward Matthews (q.v.) .


  • E. Morgan , Boanerges neu, Hanes bywyd y Parch. Morgan Howells (New York, 1853) , 1853 ;
  • D. H. Williams , The Rev. Morgan Howell, the eminent Welsh minister a lecture delivered before the Welsh Society of this town, at the town hall, on December 11th, 1907 (Newport, 1908) , 1908 ;
  • Abraham Morris , The story of the Ebenezer Calvinist Methodist Church worshipping at the Morgan Howell Memorial Chapel, Newport, Monmouthshire (Newport, 1916) , 1916 ;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , xvi, 49-58;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1919 , 418-19;
  • Y Lladmerydd , 1910 , 297;
  • I. ap Nicholas , Dic Penderyn, Welsh Rebel and Martyr ( London, 1945) , 14, 54, 58.


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

Published date: 1959