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HUGHES , THOMAS ( Glan Pherath ; 1803 - 1898 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. 8 May 1803 , at Trawsfynydd . As a young man he kept school at Ffestiniog , where he began to preach . In 1823 he moved to Llanelltyd , near Dolgelley , and again in 1824 to Machynlleth . As ‘ Thomas Hughes , Machynlleth ’ he soon became known throughout Wales as a popular preacher who could appeal to the emotions; himself a ‘tearful’ preacher , he made his hearers weep. He was ordained at the Bala Association in Sept. 1842 . About 1864 he went to live to Penmorfa, Caerns. , and, in 1883 , to his daughter in Holyhead , where he d. 5 Aug. 1898 . At the age of ninety-five he was a link with the past; he had heard John Evans of Bala ( 1723 - 1817 ) (q.v.) preaching; thus two lives bridged the greater part of two centuries. Thomas Hughes contributed some chapters of autobiography to Cymru (O.M.E.) , under the heading ‘ Atgofion Glan Pherath ,’ in 1894-5 .

Sources:

  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , 1894 , vi, 108, 197, vii, 21, 165, 235, 1895 , viii, 55, 1898 , xv, 225.

Author:

Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon

Published date: 1959