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LEWIS , THOMAS ( 1837 - 1892 ), Independent minister and tutor ;

b. at Mydroilyn, Cards. Educated at Ystrad Meurig , he kept a school for a time at Crug-y-bar . In 1862 he went to Carmarthen Presbyterian College ; in 1864 he took over charge of the Parc-y-felfed school , and after three years there went to Manchester College , from which he graduated B.A. (London) with first class honours. He then went to Cardiff where he kept a high-school , with outstanding success. In 1874 he was appointed an assistant tutor at Bala Independent college during the absence of the principal , M. D. Jones , who had gone to the U.S.A. to collect money for the college . In the ‘ battle of the constitutions ’ — see under Michael D. Jones — he sided with the reformers, but was of too gentle a disposition to play a prominent part in the dispute. He was appointed principal of the College of the ‘New Constitution’ which was first located at Plas-yn-dre , Bala , and later moved to Bangor . His health broke down before long and he went on a sea voyage, but d. at Port Said 11 Feb. 1892 , where he was buried. A fine scholar and one of nature's gentlemen, it was a tragedy for one of his temperament to have been in any way associated with the kind of turmoil which took place at Bala , and there is no doubt that this affected his health and shortened his life.


  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin (1909) , 106;
  • G. D. Owen , Ysgolion a Cholegau yr Annibynwyr (1939) , 179-80.


Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor

Published date: 1959