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JENKYN , THOMAS WILLIAM ( 1794 - 1858 ), Independent minister and professor of theology ;

b. at Merthyr Tydfil , 1794 , his father hailing from Llandovery and his mother from the parish of Llandeilo . Four of his mother's brothers were Baptist ministers . He began to preach in 1808 at Soar chapel , Merthyr , where he was known as ‘ the boy preacher .’ He was educated at Abergavenny and, for a time, himself kept a school at Vaynor near Merthyr but, owing to the poverty of his parents, was compelled to work in the Penydarren colliery . He attended night school and learned English in the English Wesleyan Sunday school at Pontmorlais . He became a missioner at Ludworth where also he had some schooling.

The generosity of his friends enabled him to go to Homerton College , London , where he stayed for four years. He received a call to the Independent church at Wem , Salop , and after five years moved to Oswestry . There he delivered a series of lectures on the Atonement which attracted considerable attention. Published in book form, the lectures ran through several editions, including one in Welsh . In 1834 he moved to Stafford where he published a book on the Holy Spirit. Ill health having compelled him to leave Stafford , he went to Germany and became a student at Halle University where Tholuck and Gesenius were professors . He was then offered the chair of theology at Coward College , London . In 1850 when this college was amalgamated with others he moved to Rochester where he d. 26 May 1858 . He wrote several articles for Cassell 's Popular Educator and the Quarterly Review .


  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 607-11.


Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor

Published date: 1959