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ISAAC , DAVID LLOYD ( 1818 - 1876 ), cleric and author ;

b. at Llanwenog, Cards. , 10 Feb. 1818 . He was a member of Aberduar ( Llanybydder, Carms. ) Baptist church ( D. Jones , Hanes Bed. Deheubarth , 336), and went to Abergavenny Baptist Academy in 1835 ( Rufus Williams , Hanes Athrofeydd y Bedyddwyr , 35), and thence to the newly-opened Baptist College at Pontypool (ibid, 65) — his name is the first on the list of students. In 1838 he became pastor at Neath , and founded new churches at Aberdylais , Glyn Neath , and Pontardawe ; he also initiated a Cymreigyddion Society at Neath . But internal disputes arose, and Isaac was also suspected of unorthodoxy ( D. R. Phillips , Hist. of the Vale of Neath , 155), so in 1841 he moved to Trosnant church in Pontypool . His career there was stormy ( Bradney , Monmouthshire , I, ii, 455; Y Bedyddiwr , Jan. 1854 ; Yr Haul , 1854 , 64) so in 1853 he became an Anglican , and went to S. David's College , Lampeter . He was ordained deacon 23 Sept. 1855 at Llandaff ( Haul , 1855 , 363) and priested 21 Sept. 1856 (ibid., 1856 , 323), and licensed to the curacy of Llangattock-juxta-Neath . In 1858 , he was given the perpetual curacy of Llangathen, Carms. ; a note in the parish register ( Trans. Carm. Ant. Soc. , vii, 36) shows that he was diligent there, building a school and a vicarage , rebuilding a ruined chapel , restoring the church , and increasing the number of communicants. He was preferred in 1871 ( Haul , 1871 , 278) to the vicariate of Llangamarch , Brecknock , and d. there 31 Jan. 1876 . Throughout his career, Isaac was an industrious (though unsystematic and uncritical) writer on history, antiquities, and philology . When a Baptist , he wrote much in Seren Gomer ; as an Anglican , even in his Lampeter days, he was a voluminous contributor to Yr Haul — one may specify his articles on antiquities ( Haul , 1854-5 ) and on the translators of the Bible (ibid., 1856 ), and the miscellany ‘ Llyfrgell Llwyd o Langathen ’ (ibid., 1858-9 ); he also engaged in controversy with Dissent. He published in 1859 a volume, Siluriana , on the history of Monmouthshire and Glamorgan , a rather unskilful piece of quarrying in the manuscripts of William Davies of Cringell (q.v.) (on this matter, see D. R. Phillips in Jnl. Welsh Bibliog. Soc. , ii, 29-33); and in 1860 an eisteddfodic prize-essay Hanes Llanbedr a'r Gymmydogaeth ; according to Bradney , he also published a book on Whitland Abbey .

Sources:

  • Sources indicated; the date and place of birth, and the date of death, are taken from D. Rhys Phillips , Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , loc. cit.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959