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JAMES , THOMAS ( 1827 - 1899 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. 18 July 1827 at Llansawel, Carms. , son of Thomas and Sarah James . In 1842 he moved with his father to Dowlais , became a member of Hermon chapel , and started to preach . He was educated at Ffrwd-fâl school , Trevecka , and Glasgow University — where he graduated M.A. In 1861 he was ordained at the Newcastle Emlyn Association and settled at Llanelly , where, for a time, he kept a school . He was minister of ‘ Capel Newydd ,’ Llanelly , until his death. He was a frequent contributor to the Drysorfa and the Cylchgrawn and was for some time joint editor of the latter with Edward Matthews and Islwyn . He was a powerful and enlightened preacher , and a shrewd leader of his denomination . He did more than any one else to establish the settled pastorate among the Carmarthenshire Methodists . He d. at Llanelly , 27 Sept. 1899 . Several of his sermons were published in a memorial volume, Cyfrol Goffa Thomas James , 1901 .


  • Y Drysorfa , 1900 , 117-20;
  • James Morris , Efengylwyr Seion sef hanes nodweddion a dywediadau amryw o hen bregethwyr y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yn sir Gaerfyrddin (Dolgellau, 1905) , 140 et seq. ;
  • J. E. Davies , Cyfrol goffa y Parchedig Thomas James, M.A., Llanelli yn cynwys byr-fywgraffiad, nifer o bregethau, cyngor, a chof-daflen (Dolgellau, 1901) , 9-53.


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959