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HOWELS , WILLIAM ( 1778 - 1832 ), Evangelical cleric ;

b. Sept. 1778 at Llwynhelyg , near Cowbridge, Glam. , son of Samuel Howels . He was educated at ‘ Eagle School ,’ Cowbridge , and Wadham College , Oxford (but did not graduate). He came into contact with David Jones of Llan-gan (q.v.) whose curate he was for some time. On the death of David Jones , Howels went to London where he became curate of S. Ann 's; he was also appointed lecturer at S. Antholin 's, Watling Street . In 1817 he was appointed minister of the chapel-of-ease at Long Acre , where he remained until he d. 18 Nov. 1832 . He was buried in Holy Trinity church , Islington . He was a fluent Evangelical preacher and his sermons were published in two volumes in 1834-6 .

Sources:

  • Y Traethodydd , 1849 , 156-65;
  • Ch. Bowdler , Sermons, etc., of William Howels with a Memoir , London, 1834 , 1834-6 ;
  • E. Morgan , Brief Memoir of William Howels , 1854 , 1854 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959