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LEWIS , JAMES ( 1674 - 1747 ), Independent minister ;

b. at Dinas Cerdin , in the parish of Llandyssul, Cards. , a descendant of the old Lewis family of that place. His tombstone in Llanllawddog churchyard says that he was born of godly and charitable parents. In 1706 he was ordained minister of Pencadair church of which he was probably already a member, and Pantycreuddin (afterwards Horeb ) chapel was also entrusted to his care. He succeeded William Evans (d. 1718 ) (q.v.) and became a prominent Independent leader in that area. He was very Calvinistic in his views and strenuously opposed Arminianism . He and Christmas Samuel (q.v.) were the joint authors of Y Cyfrif Cywiraf o'r Pechod Gwreiddiol , 1730 , in answer to a book entitled Y Cyfrif Cywir o'r Pechod Gwreiddiol , 1729 , which is attributed to Jenkin Jones of Llwynrhydowen ( 1700? - 1742 ) (q.v. ) whom he had raised to the pulpit at Pantycreuddin , but who had left and built his own chapel because his former church and its minister did not accept his tenets. In 1740 James Lewis invited Howel Harris , the revivalist , to preach in his district. He d. 31 May 1747 , at the age of 73.

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iii, 427, iv, 196;
  • Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 ;
  • W. J. Davies , Hanes Plwyf Llandyssul , 1896 ;
  • Y Cofiadur , xii, 40.

Author:

Reverend Thomas Eirug Davies, M.A., B.D. (1892-1951), Lampeter

Published date: 1959