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JAMES , THOMAS ( 1834 - 1915 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and schoolmaster ;

b. at Verwick near Cardigan ; his father (a blacksmith ) was an Anglican , his mother a Calvinistic Methodist . At about 20, desiring to enter the ministry, he went to a school at Blaenannerch nearby, and thence ( 1858 ) to Trevecka . In 1862 he won a Dr. Daniel Williams scholarship , which took him to Glasgow , where he graduated in 1866 . After spending some months at Edinburgh , he returned in 1867 to Wales , was ordained and called ( 1868 ) to the pastorate of the small C.M. congregation at Llandysul , and there set up a school which he kept up till 1894 . He was not a popular preacher ; his pastoral duties were negligible; he published very little. He was indeed a reclusive scholar — a good classic with a sound knowledge of German , but primarily interested in Hebrew and Syriac . He figures in the present work in virtue of his excellent school — in a countryside noted for its schools and schoolmasters ; not a few of its pupils are noticed elsewhere in this volume, and ministerial biographies of all denominations make mention of it. James d. 6 Sept. 1915 , and was buried in the Independent chapel burial-ground, across the road from his house.


  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1915 ;
  • personal knowledge.


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

Published date: 1959