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LEWIS , DAVID MORGAN ( 1851 - 1937 ), Congregational minister, afterwards professor of physics ;

b. 27 Sept. at Henllan , a small farm situated between Eglwyswrw and Felindre, north Pembs. , the eldest of the five children of Evan Lewis ( 1813 - 1896 ), minister of the Congregational church at Brynberian , and his wife, Catherine Morgan , of the parish of Llan-gan , near Whitland , and a sister to William Morgan ( 1818 - 1884 ) (q.v.) . He received his early education at Palmer's School , Cardigan , and at the Presbyterian College , Carmarthen . In 1872 he proceeded to Trinity College , Cambridge , where he graduated as a ‘wrangler’; later he studied at the Cavendish laboratories . He began to preach at an early age, and in 1878 was ordained as minister of the English Congregational church at Hirwaun . After five years he gave up the ministry and returned to Cambridge for a further year. In 1884 he was appointed a lecturer in physics at University College , Bangor , and in 1891 professor of physics at University College Aberystwyth , where he remained until his retirement in 1919 . Although he had left the ministry as a young man he was a prominent figure in Congregational circles throughout his life. He compiled a biography of his father, Cofiant y Diweddar Barchedig Evan Lewis, Brynberian, 1813-96 , which was published in 1903 . After his retirement he made a special study of Welsh hymnology , especially the hymns of Ann Griffiths , and published several articles on the subject in periodicals, e.g. Y Llenor , 1924 , and Y Cofiadur , 1934. He m. Annie Margaret , daughter of T. Powell , Carreg Cennen , Llandeilo . He d. 28 July 1937 , and was buried at Aberystwyth .

Sources:

  • D. M. Lewis , Cofiant y diweddar Barchedig Evan Lewis, Brynberian , Aberystwyth, 1903 ;
  • Y Tyst , 5 Aug. 1937 ;
  • The Welsh Gazette , 5 Aug. 1937 ;
  • The Cambrian News , 6 Aug. 1937 ;
  • The Dragon , Michaelmas 1937.

Author:

Gildas Tibbott M.A., (1900-79), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959