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LEWIS , TITUS ( 1773 - 1811 ), Baptist minister ;

b. 21 Feb. 1773 at Kilgerran , son of Lewis Thomas , minister of Cilfowyr — his mother a sister to D. Evans ( 1740 - 1790 ) (q.v.) . His father taught him the craft of shoemaking . He was baptised at Blaen-y-waun , began to preach in 1794 , and was ordained there in 1798 . As he had m. ( 20 Nov. 1800 ) a woman from Carmarthen who did not like S. Dogmael's , he moved to Carmarthen in 1801 to minister to the Dark Gate church , but he continued to administer communion at Blaen-y-waun . He became well known as a defender of Calvinism , both in his preaching and in his writings. In 1805 he published A Welsh — English Dictionary, Geiriadur Cymraeg a Saesneg (2nd ed. in 1815 ). In 1806 , with the help of Joseph Harris , there appeared Y Drysorfa Efangylaidd , Lewis using the pseudonyms ‘ Obadiah ’ and ‘ Gaius ’ (according to Thomas Shankland ), and Harris the pseudonym ‘ Adelphos o Abertawe ’; only two numbers appeared. His chief work was Hanes … Prydain Fawr , 1810 , a volume of 624 pages. Lewis , Christmas Evans , and Joseph Harris agreed together to translate Gill 's commentary on the New Testament into Welsh . Lewis was to be the editor and corrector of the proof-sheets , but he d. after ‘ Acts ’ was completed, and no more appeared — proof that the greater part of the burden had fallen upon his shoulders. Among other works by him were Holwyddoreg ar holl bynciau crefydd … , Esboniad ar y cyffelybiaethau , 1811 (a translation of a work by Keach ); Testament Llogell , with short notes; Llyfr Rhyfeddodau , 1808 ; Mawl i'r Oen … Pigion o Emynau … , 1810 . He d. 1 May, 1811 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 ;
  • Enwogion y Ffydd , 1880 ;
  • Seren Gomer , 1825, 1857 ;
  • Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru , 1908-9, 1930, 1942 ;
  • Rees , Hanes eglwysi y Bedyddwyr yn Blaenywaun; Gerazim; Penuel; Cemaes; a Tabernacl, Trewyddel, sir Benfro , Llangollen, 1899 ;
  • Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig , 1889-96 , vi;
  • Blaen-y-waun church books in N.L.W.;
  • The Baptist Union of Wales Handbook and Diary , 1937 .

Author:

Rev. William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 1959