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LEWIS , MATHEW ( 1817? - 1860 ), Congregational minister and writer ;

b. at Llanidloes . A weaver by trade, he was induced to enter the ministry. After a few years’ residence in Anglesey in the double capacity of schoolmaster and pastor , he held pastorates at Bangor and Holywell . Resigning from the ministry, he then went to Liverpool as sub-editor of Yr Amserau . Amongst his contributions to this paper were two tales — ‘ Rhydderch Prydderch ,’ and ‘ Y Ddwy Lili .’ He also wrote articles to the Traethodydd . Leaving Liverpool he took charge of the Congregational church at Newtown, Mont. He again resigned from the ministry, and enlisted as a soldier , dying in China in 1860 , at the age of 43.


  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru (1870) ;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies (1894) ;
  • NLW MS 9264.


Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959