In the Welsh orthographical controversy which raged during the beginning of the 19th cent. he championed the conservative cause against John Jones ( Tegid , 1792 - 1852 , q.v.) , who sponsored a new system of Welsh orthography. His written works on the subject are Remarks Historical and Philological on the Welsh Language and A Critical Review of John Jones’ Reply . To him is due the chief credit of saving the Welsh Bible from the vandalism of Pughe 's followers. Another abiding monument to his scholarship and industry is the revised version of the Welsh Book of Common Prayer which he, in conjunction with the examining chaplains in the three other Welsh dioceses, produced in 1841 .
Bruce was the outstanding cleric in Llandaff diocese during that period of absentee and semi-absentee bishops. He was made, by successive bishops, canon of Llandaff cathedral , examining chaplain , chancellor of the diocese and of the cathedral , archdeacon of Glamorgan , and, when the office of dean was revived by Parliament 3 and 4 Vict. , he became the first dean of Llandaff after a vacancy of 700 years. As examining chaplain he was responsible for candidates for holy orders ; for the training of literates in the seminaries , and the place of their ordination, for in those days of non-resident bishops candidates were often ordained in other dioceses by letters dimissory. He exercised a general supervision over the diocese and by his yearly visitations directed the policy thereof. He was bishop Copleston 's indispensable adviser on every detail pertaining to the diocese . He was actively engaged in every church society , e.g. the S.P.C.K. , the Church Enlargement Society , the Widows and Orphans Society . He took a keen interest in schools and education and in the eisteddfodau . His home was a depot for Church literature, Welsh Books of Common Prayer , and religious tracts. He was interested in church building and himself built Holy Cross , Margam , in 1827 . On becoming dean of Llandaff he restored the Lady chapel and in two years collected £20,000 for further restoration. To add to his cares his wife had been a chronic invalid for many years.
Archdeacon Lawrence Thomas, D.D., (1889-1960), Aberafan
Published date: 1959