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JAMES , PHILIP ( 1664 - 1748 ), early Baptist minister ;

b. near Pontardulais , and educated (so it is said) in the school kept by Robert Morgan ( 1621 - 1711 ) (q.v.) . His parents resented his Dissent , and c. 1685 he went to Liverpool , in service to a Baptist medical man named Ebenezer Fabius (d. 1691 ); he then practised medicine , and also preached , near Lichfield . According to David Jones ( Bed. Deheubarth , 524), he was for a while minister of the Swansea Baptist church , but Joshua Thomas ( Hist. of the Baptist Association , 29-30) furnishes no ground for this statement. From 1704 to 1718 he was minister at Warwick , and from 1718 at Hemel Hempstead , where he d. in 1748 , aged 84. Some give him an M.D. degree, but all that Joshua Thomas says is ‘ he had such knowledge and skill in physic that his common title was Dr. James .’ He preached the Association sermon at Llanwenarth in 1705 . Among the ‘ Rhual Papers ’ at N.L.W. is a letter (108) to Thomas Edwards ( 1649 - 1700 ) (q.v.) , written by James on 5 Nov. 1698 at ‘ Beguily ’ ( Bugeildy, Rads. , or Begelly, Pembs. ?).

Sources:

  • To the above references add Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 , ii, 463.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959