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HOWELLS , WILLIAM ( 1818 - 1888 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister and second principal of Trevecka College .

Born at Cowbridge, Glam. , in Oct. 1818 . He was educated at ‘ Eagle School ,’ Cowbridge , and after being apprenticed to an ironmonger in his native town went to Cardiff and Chichester . He decided to become a minister and went for his theological training to Cheshunt and Trevecka ( 1842-5 ). He was a minister at Swansea ( 1845-51 ), Zion , Carmarthen ( 1851-7 ), and Windsor Street , Liverpool ( 1857-65 ), where he was succeeded in turn by two other men who became college principals , David Charles Davies and Thomas Charles Edwards

In Sept. 1865 he was appointed principal and tutor in divinity at Trevecka , with John Harris Jones as tutor in classics . He was a successful teacher and an exceptionally acceptable preacher , although he confined his activities to the small English churches and shunned publicity. ‘It is probable,’ says one writer , ‘ that Wales never had as great a preacher who was known to so few people. ’ He retired in 1888 and d. 15 Nov. 1888 .

Sources:

  • William Williams , Welsh Calvinistic Methodism , 1872 ;
  • W. P. Jones , Trevecca College, 1842-1942 , Llandysul, 1942 ;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , xx, 37-43;
  • T. Morgan , Enwogion Cymreig (1700-1900) , 1907

Author:

Reverend Gwilym Arthur Edwards, M.A., D.D., (1881-1963), Oswestry

Published date: 1959