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LLWYD ( LLOYD ), HARRI (d. 1799 ), Wesleyan lay preacher .

His early history is still obscure. He is said to have been convinced of his sin under the ministry of David Jones (nephew of Griffith Jones , Llanddowror ?) at the Llanlluan chapel-of-ease ; this conviction was deepened by the preaching of Howel Harris and the full light burst upon him about Aug. 1743 — one of the few relatively certain dates in his early history. He was a Wesleyan lay preacher from 1746 until his death in 1799 . Although he is said to have preached in Cornwall on one occasion, he generally confined his activities to the Wesleyan societies of South Wales ; in the records of the 1747 conference he is mentioned among those ‘ that assist us only in one place .’ In 1779 Wesley says that it is not intended that he should be an established minister in any one place: ‘ he is only permitted to preach up and down, chiefly in Welsh , at the discretion of the Assistant .’ He remained on friendly terms with Howel Harris all his life, and preached at Trevecka in 1771 and 1772 . He wrote Profiad Tufewnol o Nefoedd ac Uffern , 1750 ; Hymnau ar Amryw Ystyriaethau , 1752 ; Pregeth ar Farwolaeth y Parchedig G. Whitefield … gan J. Wesley (trans. by Llwyd , 1771 ); Marwnad … Howell Harris , 1773 .


  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , xxix, 81-93;
  • A. H. Williams , Welsh Wesleyan Methodism, 1800-1858 its origins, growth and secessions (1935) (introduction) and in Er Clod Saith Bennod ar Hanes Methodistiaeth yng Nghymru (ed. T. Richards ), 19-21;
  • John Wesley , The letters of the Rev. John Wesley (1931) , vi, 359, viii, 134;
  • Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society , No. 1, 49.


Reverend Griffith Thomas Roberts, M.A., (1887-1977), Tregarth, Bangor / Talsarnau

Published date: 1959