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HUMPHREYS , RICHARD ( 1790 - 1863 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. in June 1790 , son of Humphrey Richard , Gwern-y-cynyddion , Dyffryn Ardudwy, Mer. His father moved to Faeldref , another farm in the district, about 1800 , and it was in Faeldref that Richard Humphreys spent the greater part of his life, farming , preaching , and, for a period, also keeping a shop at Dyffryn . He went to school at Shrewsbury and began to preach in 1819 . He was ordained in 1833 , but he held no formal pastorate. He was noted for his strong common sense and wit; he took an active part in denominational matters and in the temperance and educational movements of his time. He was a member of the committee summoned, in 1854 , by Sir Hugh Owen (q.v.) to consider the establishment of a Welsh university. He wrote for Y Traethodydd and Y Methodist , and counted Dewi Wyn and Eben Fardd (qq.v.) amongst his friends. Although he took no very prominent part in politics he is believed to have been one of the first ministers of his denomination to support Liberalism . He m. in 1822 , Ann , daughter of captain William Griffith , Y Cei , Barmouth ; they had two daughters, one, Jennette , being the wife of the Rev. Edward Morgan , Dyffryn ( 1817 - 1871 ) (q.v.) . His first wife d. in 1852 and he m. in 1858 Mrs. Evans , Gwerniago , Pennal , and went to Pennal to live. There, on 15 Feb. 1863 , he d.; he was buried at Dyffryn . There was one daughter, Elizabeth , of the second marriage; she m. the Rev. William Thomas , Llanrwst .


  • Griffith Williams , Cofiant am y Parch. Richard Humphreys, Dyffryn yn nghyda chasgliad o'i bregethau a'i draethodau (Wrexham, 1873) , 1873 ;
  • R. Owen , Hanes Methodistiaeth Gorllewin Meirionydd (1891, 1899, 1928) ;
  • E. Jones , Y gymdeithasfa yn cynnwys gweithrediadau cymdeithasfa chwarterol y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yn ngogledd Cymru, a'r gymanfa gyffredinol ynghyda'r ordeiniadau gweinidogaethol, a'r arholiadau cymdeithasfaol, yn y gogledd a'r deheudir, hyd y flwyddyn 1890 (Caernarfon, 1891) , 1891 .


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

Published date: 1959