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JAMES , WILLIAM ( 1848 - 1907 ), Unitarian minister, schoolmaster, and public worker .

Born at Camnant-fach , Pontshân , Llandysul , 13 April 1848 . He was educated at Pontshân school under Thomas Thomas and went to Carmarthen Presbyterian College at the age of 15 — Carmarthen ( 1863-6 ), Manchester New College , London ( 1866-9 ), Edinburgh ( 1869-70 ); he graduated B.A. London in 1871 .

He was an assistant master under T. Thomas ( 1870-1 ), and under G. Heaviside at Coventry , 1872 . In 1873 he received a call to take charge of the Old Meeting House at Aberdare during the illness of Rees Jenkin Jones . Six years later he received a call to become minister of the churches at Llwyn-rhyd-owen , Bwlch-y-fadfa , and Llandysul , but owing to ill health, he remained for only eight years. He left the pulpit to enter business, but did not cease to preach . It is only necessary to mention that he kept a school from 1873 to 1883 , and was a J.P. and a public worker , to show what a full life he led. Following in the footsteps of Gwilym Marles ( William Thomas , 1834 - 1879 ) , he brought the influence of Martineau to bear on his denomination and his district. He was cultured and great-hearted.

He was secretary and president of the Unitarian Association and published his address from the chair, Crefydd Cymru a'r Dyfodol , 1895 ; he also edited Gwersi ar Fywyd Iesu Grist , 1897-9 , 1900-1 . He was a frequent contributor to Yr Ymofynydd , of which he was a joint editor , 1903-7 , and his articles ‘ Nyth y Fran ’ are still remembered.

He d. 26 Oct. 1907 and was buried in Pant-y-defaid cemetery.

Sources:

  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 , 109-10;
  • The Unitarian Students at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen…1796–1901 , 1901 , 83;
  • Yr Ymofynnydd , 1907 , Dec. 1938 , 193-4;
  • Welsh Political and Educational Leaders in the Victorian Era , 1908 , 677.

Author:

Rev. Thomas Oswald Williams, M.A., (1888-1965), Lampeter

Published date: 1959