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JONES , DAVID LEWIS ( 1788 - 1830 ), Arian minister and academy tutor ;

b. 8 April 1788 at Glynadda , Llanpumpsaint, Carms. He was brought up as an Independent at Pencader and was educated by David Davis (q.v.) of Castell Hywel and at Carmarthen Academy ( 1807-11 ). He was ordained at Llwynrhydowen , 30 Aug. 1811 , as co-minister with David Davis of Castell Hywel , and opened a school at Llandysul — at that time he was an Arminian although he ultimately became an Arian . He did not remain long at Llandysul , for in 1814 he was elected tutor in classics at Carmarthen Academy and minister of Seion chapel , Llanddarog , where he remained until his premature death, 8 Sept. 1830 . His appointment to Carmarthen caused some perturbation, and David Davis of Neath and John James of Gellionnen (qq.v.) thought of opening a new Academy — but nothing came of it. During the last five years of his life he was minister of the Unitarian church at Carmarthen . He delighted in the literature, history, and archaeology of Wales , and wrote verse under the pseudonym Glynadda . He was buried in Capel Seion cemetery.

Sources:

  • Hanes Plwyf Llandyssul (1896) , 152-3;
  • The Unitarian Students at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen … 1796–1901 (1901) , 113-6;
  • Yr Ymofynnydd , 1864 , 123;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin (1909) , 29.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959