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JAMES , WILLIAM ( 1833 - 1905 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. 15 March 1833 to Thomas and Anne James , Tyn-rhos , Llanfihangel-genau'r-glyn, Cards. He was at the local grammar school, but left at 15 to be a shepherd-boy on his father's farm. The father intended him to become a tanner (at Aberayron ) but the leaders of Garn C.M. church , impressed by his diligence in Sunday-school work and with congregational singing, urged that he should train for the ministry; he went in 1853 to a school at Chester , and in 1855 to the college at Bala ; he matriculated in London University in 1859 , and graduated in 1862 . He was pastor at Garn for some months, and at Aberdovey and Towyn, Mer. , from Oct. 1863 till Jan. 1866 ; he then removed to take charge of Moss Side C M. church , Manchester , and was there till he d., 19 Oct. 1905 . James became a prominent leader in his denomination; he was moderator of the North Wales Association in 1888 , and of the General Assembly in 1892 , and ‘ Davies Lecturer ’ in 1897 — his lecture (on the Church, the Sacraments, and the Ministry) was published in 1898 , and he also produced a commentary on the Pastoral Epistles. As a preacher , he was substantial, not to say ponderous, but his articles in Y Traethodydd , Y Geninen , and other periodicals evince occasional gleams of humour. A biography, with selected sermons of his, was compiled by several of his friends (n.d.). James was twice married.

Sources:

  • Cofiant a rhai o bregethau y Parchedig William James, B.A., D.D., Manchester , Caernarfon, 1910 (n. d., a composite book).

Author:

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

Published date: 1959